Just as She Pleased
“Now, children, I am tired of you; I am going down stairs for the rest of the morning,” and Polly started to leave the nursery.
“Put your dolls away before you go,” said Nurse, “I don’t want them left in the middle of the floor.”
“I won’t. I did not put them there.” Polly tossed her head and ran quickly out of the room.
Nurse had baby in her lap and could not run after her.
The little girl went to the kitchen, but cook was cross and said she would not have Polly bothering her.
Then she went to the library hoping to find her Uncle Edward, but he was not there.
She wandered from room to room and could find nothing to amuse her.
She wanted to go back into the nursery, but she had told a lie when she said she had not put the dolls on the floor, and she was afraid to.
She felt lonesome and a few tears ran down her face.
At that moment Uncle Edward entered the room, and, seeing the doleful little face, took her in his arms, tossing her into the air.
As he did so, he knocked over a vase which fell to the floor, broken.
“Oh! see what you have done,” cried Polly.
“I don’t care. I sball say I didn’t do it,” replied Uncle Edward.
“Oh! But that would be a lie,” said Polly.
“Well, who put the dolls on the nursery floor?”
“Nurse must have told you. But I am sorry,” and Polly began to cry again.
“There, there!” said Uncle Edward. “We will go up and tell Nurse we are sorry.”
They went up to the nursery but Nurse and baby had gone and the dolls were still on the floor.
Polly wanted to play circus and Uncle Edward made believe he was the elephant and gave the dollies a ride. He kicked so once that black Diana fell off and broke her neck.
After a while Nurse came in with baby and interrupted the frolic.
When Polly told her she was sorry because she had told a lie, Nursie said she would forgive her and Polly promised not to do so again.