they [they'd, they'll, they're] pron

ON; third person plural form borrowed into OE; see also their, theirs, them, themself, and themselves

  1. The ones previously mentioned [anaphoric reference; in 1/1 “they” refers back to the “bee” and the “flower”].
  2. People in general [exophoric reference; in 6/24 “they” refers to a non-specified group of people not mentioned in the text].
  3. The ones mentioned next [cataphoric reference; in 868/908 “they” refers forward to the “Darlings of the Soil”].