The Wouldbegoods

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The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit

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The story of some entertaining children who have a remarkable talent for inventing ingenious forms of mischief and are blessed with singularly long-suffering guardians, notable "Albert's uncle," who manages to recognize the virtuous intentions of the "Wouldbegoods," in spite of the endless annoyance to which the children subject him

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him at all, but only the "White Seal" and "Rikki Tikki."

We then agreed to make the jungle first and dress up for our parts afterwards. Oswald was a little uncomfortable about leaving the strangers alone all the morning, so he said Denny should be his aide-de-camp, and he was really quite useful. He is rather handy with his fingers, and things that he does up do not come untied. Daisy might have come too, but she wanted to go on reading, so we let her, which is the truest manners to a visitor. Of course the shrubbery was to be the jungle, and the lawn under the cedar a forest glade, and then we began to collect the things. The cedar lawn is just nicely out of the way of the windows. It was a jolly hot day--the kind of day when the sunshine is white and the shadows are dark gray, not black like they are in the evening.

We all thought of different things. Of course first we dressed up pillows in the skins of beasts and set them about on the grass to look as natural as we could. And then we got Pi

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