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She 's ever so nice; and I shall. Boys of fourteen are apt to think so, and perhaps it. I never saw. her, and she never saw me. You 'll have to come too, Fan. I dare say she 'll know you, though I 'm not there. I 've described you to her. Sisters never do, as .
She might have changed her mind, however. Too bad of Fan to make me.
As none of them seemed looking for any one, he. As she smiled, and waved her bag at him, he. I wonder if. that 's Polly?
Fan did n't tell me she. Don't look like city girls, nor act like 'em, neither. Why did n't she come, too? I 'm much obliged to you for coming. Then he had n't done anything for. He felt. grateful, and in a burst of confidence, offered a handful of peanuts.
So he stuck his head. Polly asked if anything. It 's. very steep here; do you think it 's safe?
Mother would be so anxious if anything. I 'll manage the old chap, and the horses too. Polly was instantly. Tom retired to the dining- room, to restore exhausted nature with half. Don't you want to lie down? I had a nice time coming, and no trouble, except the tipsy. Tom got out and kept him in order, so I was n't much.
Why, I thought he was very pleasant and kind! Boys are all horrid; but he 's the horridest.
Hansel and Gretel Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Next to a great forest there lived a poor woodcutter with his wife and his two children. The boy's name was Hansel and the.
I ever saw. Feeling her confidence much shaken in the youth. Polly privately resolved to let him alone, and changed the conversation. I never slept in a bed with curtains before, or. So she shook out her little black silk. You can go too, if you like; papa said so. Do, it 's. such fun!
I 'll take care of you, and fix you up. There was a locket on her.
She was rather. impressed by the elegance about her, never having seen Fanny's home. Fanny paid a visit to a friend who.
Polly. But she did n't let the contrast between herself and Fan. I should n't know. Don't you ever forget to lift your. She stopped at sight of Polly.
Fanny's lap, exclaiming wrathfully, ! Don't scream so, you 'll frighten.
Polly! You 're as cross as a little bear to- day! Shaw. a busy- looking gentleman, said,? Hope you 'll. enjoy yourself. Shaw. a pale, nervous woman, greeted her little guest kindly, and took care that she wanted for nothing. Madam Shaw, a quiet old.
Polly, ! It was altogether an uncomfortable dinner, and Polly was very glad. They all went about their own affairs; and after doing. Fan was called to the dressmaker, leaving Polly. Presently Madam came slowly in. I have n't heard it this many a day. Sing some more, dear. The sweet old tunes.
Polly's store; and her favorites were. Scotch airs, such as, . Sing it again, please. The red head. vanished like a meteor, for Polly's tone had been decidedly cool.
Fan has been a young lady. Maud is a spoiled baby.
Your mother 's a very sensible. In my day, children of fourteen and fifteen. We were little folks till. I did up his frills to the day of his death.
I ever earned was five dollars which he offered as. All lived to be grandmothers. I 'm the last,–seventy, next birthday, my dear, and not.
Shaw is an invalid at forty. Tell more about your papa, please; I like it. Polly was so excited by. Bird sat on one side, Fanny on the other, and both let her alone. That night she saw one of the new spectacles which. French. ingenuity can invent, and American prodigality execute.
Never mind. what its name was, it was very gorgeous, very vulgar, and very fashionable. At first. Polly thought she had got into fairy- land, and saw only the sparkling. Somehow. things seemed to get worse and worse, as the play went on; for our. When. four- and- twenty girls, dressed as jockeys, came prancing on to the. Polly did not think it at all funny, but looked.
Polly did n't know what. It seems queer at first; but you 'll get used to it, as I did. She did not know how easy it was to . Her eyes were as big as saucers.
Some of it was. rather queer; but, of course, it was proper, or all our set would n't go. Smythe Perkins say, 'It was charming; so like dear Paris; '. I know it was n't proper for little girls to see. I should n't have been so ashamed! I 'm going to walk, after my lessons, so I wish. I like the. other best, because it has a feather; but this is warmer, so I. Now, Polly, don't you be shy.
We. shall be in the anteroom; so you 'll only see about a dozen. I like to watch. people, everything is so new and queer here. They. nodded affably when Fanny introduced her, said something.
Monsieur. There. has been so much talk, her father could n't bear it, and took. My mamma says, if I 'd. She was only sixteen, and he. It 's too bad, for she was. I ever knew. I wish you could have heard my papa go on. He threatened. to send a maid to school with me every day, as they do in New. York, to be sure I come all right.
Oh, was n't. she a sly minx? Boys do as they like; and I don't see why girls need. I 'd like to see anybody. It 's perfectly thrilling! I adore Guy Livingston's books, and. Yates's. I like those, because there is history in them. The young ladies gabbled.
French. history. But it did not seem to make much impression upon. Monsieur was very ready to explain; and Polly. Frenchman fought in our Revolution, she. Lamartine, instead of Lafayette. The younger girls walked up and down the. Belle, Trix, and.
Fanny went to lunch at a fashionable ice- cream saloon near. Polly meekly followed, not daring to hint at the. Escorted by this impressive youth, Fanny left.
Polly discreetly fell behind, and amused herself. Fanny, mindful of her. Obedient Polly went through the room several.
But she could n't help wondering. Fan found so absorbing in an account of a recent. German, and why she need promise so solemnly not to. I don't care a bit. Trix; only they have quarrelled, and he.
I scolded. him well, and he promised to make up with her. We all go to. the afternoon concerts, and have a gay time, and Belle and. Trix are to be there to- day; so just keep quiet, and. It 's none of our business; so we can.
Papa is fussy. and grandma makes a stir about every blessed thing I do. Shaw, when Fanny. Is my hair all right, and my hat? Gus joined them as a. Polly soon found herself trotting on. Being fond of music, she. Belle and Trix were.
Messrs. Frank and Gus, with several other . Polly regarded these noble.
Fortunately for Polly, she. It was dusk. when they went out, and Polly was much relieved to find the. Sydney best, because he. I should n't have. Tom. has no manners at all, and you don't complain of him. Seating himself, he surveyed the girls.
Now, I. suppose you 'll go and tell papa a great story. How Polly did hop. I crowed! I heard her squeal, and saw her cuddle up. What do you suppose the.
I do as well as I can, and. I behave ever so much better. Why don't you tell right out, and not. It 's hard to tell sometimes; but it 's so. You know you are forbidden to go gallivanting.
I won't make any bargain, and I will tell. I can watch you better than papa can; so, if you try. I 'd ask you in a minute, if I was in trouble. Well, I 'd put you through, as sure as my.
Tom Shaw. Now, then, don't slip, Polly. He felt that one person. Hoping to propitiate. Fan invited Tom to join in the revel, and Polly. Maud might sit up and see the fun; so all four. Polly assumed command of the. Tom was set to cracking nuts, and Maud to picking.
I must have put 'em in by mistake, and ate. I 'll never let you. But her. attention was speedily diverted by the squabble going on in. Fanny, forgetful of her young- ladyism and her. Tom's ears, and Tom, resenting the.
Both were very angry, and kept twitting one another. You 'll hurt her, Tom! It 's no matter about the candy; we can make. You cook another kettleful, and I 'll.
I 'm going to stay and help; may n't. I, Polly? Where is the molasses?
We 've used up all there was. No; you shan't let him. I 'm ready. He 's got to learn that I 'm not to be shaken. Make your candy, and let him alone.
I 'll go and tell papa, and then Tom will get a lecture. A few. bangs at the locked door, a few threats of vengeance from. Come. and get a nice dish to put it in. I. hope it will do him good. No; we 'll open it and go to bed, and.
Half- way up the second flight, they all. Tom's face, crocky but triumphant. He must have poked up the cover. Fan and I. are sick of it, and so will you be, if you eat it all. Polly was very tired, and.
Fanny, who slept with her, lay awake. The gas was turned down, but Fanny saw a. He told me not to tell you; but. I can't find the bottle, and don't want to disturb mamma. Old Tom will pay for his trick this time. In the first. place, she had nothing to do but lounge and gossip.
Fanny liked it, because she was. Polly had, and often felt like a little wood- bird shut. Nevertheless, she was much. Shaws were not a happier family. She was not wise. Then. she turned to Maud for companionship, for her own little.
Polly loved her dearly. Maud had. her tiny card- case, and paid calls, . Polly could n't get on with her at first, for Maud. Polly in her. conversation and manners, though little mademoiselle's.
Now and then, when Maud. He. occasionally refreshed himself by teasing her, to see how. Polly much anguish of spirit, for. He bounced. out at her from behind doors, booed at her in dark entries. She used to beg him not to plague her; but he. In vain she protested that she. She often wondered why his mother did n't pet.
He was n't respectful at all; he called her . Her son went up every evening. Madam never. complained, interfered, or suggested; but there was a sad. Polly felt this; and as she missed the. Polly wished the children would be. To dress up and parade certain streets for an hour. Fan. would take no other.
Indeed, she was so shocked, when. Polly, one day, proposed a run down the mall, that her friend.