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
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 shall 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
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.