ain't wanted--why, you have got to be handfuls. And now I'll go into the house with my two precious lambs."
The elder "precious lamb" looked very cross at being suddenly informed that she was to go indoors while the sun shone so brightly and the summer warmth surrounded her.
"No, I won't," said Penelope. "I am going to stay out with the others. I'm a very big girl; I am not a baby any longer. And you aren't to keep me in the nursery any longer, Verena. And I won't be naughty. I'll make up to Aunt Sophia like anything--that I will--if you keep me in the nursery any longer."
This was such a daring threat that, although Penelope was not thought much of as a rule, the girls looked at her now with a sort of awe.
"She might as well stay for a quarter of an hour longer, mightn't she, nursey?" said Briar.
"No, that she ain't to do, Miss Rose. She comes right indoors and prepares for her bed like a good child. Is it me that's to be shortened of my hours of rest by a naughty