The Green Casket

The Green Casket

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Excerpt: Mamma laughed, but still she promised him that she would choose a night when his father was at home. 'I don't think I should care to sit up late all alone, ' she said, 'even though I don't think it likely that burglars are stealing your stamps, Leo.' Now I must explain that Leo's father was a very busy man. Some evenings he did not get home till long after not only Leo, but his big sisters and even his mother, were in bed, and sometimes he had to go off so early in the morning that for several days together, now and then, they scarcely saw him. This was a great trouble to them all, for they were very fond indeed of their father, and he was very fond of them. But it could not be 69 helped for the present, though Leo was already looking forward to the time when he should 'be a man, ' and able to help papa. Lately, since Leo had started his post-office, his father had been even extra busy, and if he had heard about the matter at all, he had not paid much attention, or else he had quite forgotten it. The schoolroom in these children's house was at the end of the hall, and between it and the dining-room was a tiny little book-room or study, where their father kept all his own papers, and where he used to write when he was at home. Sometimes when he came home very late and let himself in with his latchkey, he would go straight to this little room, where a good fire was kept up, and there he would write answers to any letters he found waiting for him, and leave them on the hall-table all ready to be posted the very first thing in the morning by whichever of the servants was the earliest about; but I don't think any of the children or their mother knew of this custom of his, as it had never happened to come in their way. The very evening of the day on which Leo and his mother had been talking so seriously 70 about the missing stamps, papa, for a wonder, came home quite early. It was really a great treat to them all. He had dinner quite comfortably with...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236698703
  • 9781236698704