The story of a clever self-regarding little girl, who, after some spoiling at home, has to fit herself into the life of a healthy modern private school. One of her closest friends is an older girl, whose parentage is wrapped in mystery and pathos, which evoke Sylvia's romantic interest, with practical results. The girl-life at school, the fun as well as the earnest, is admirably depicted in a lively style.
n of the meal.
"Crackers, though it's not Christmas!" cried Effie in astonishment.
"Why not?" said Mrs. Lindsay. "They are as much fun now as in December, I think. Here are two for each of you, and you may take them upstairs to the schoolroom and pull them when you get there."
There was a general stampede for the stairs, the four guests racing up with great enthusiasm, while Sylvia followed leisurely behind, debating in her mind whether it would be possible to lose the key of the cupboard, and thus preserve her dolls' house from meddlesome hands.
"The crackers will keep them busy for a short time," she reflected, "and then I can just turn the key in the lock and hide it away behind the bookcase. I'll give them the picture puzzles and a box of bricks instead."
It is all very well, however, to make plans, but it is quite a different thing to carry them out. The young Carsons knew perfectly where the dolls' house was kept; they ran in front of Sylvia into the schoolroom, and, f