The Story of the Treasure Seekers
'We must do something,' said Alice, 'because the exchequer is empty.' She rattled the money-box as she spoke, and it really did rattle because we always keep the bad sixpence in it for luck.
'Yes--but what shall we do?' said Dicky. 'It's so jolly easy to say let's do SOMETHING.' Dicky always wants everything settled exactly. Father calls him the Definite Article.
'Let's read all the books again. We shall get lots of ideas out of them.' It was Noel who suggested this, but we made him shut up, because we knew well enough he only wanted to get back to his old books. Noel is a poet. He sold some of his poetry once--and it was printed, but that does not come in this part of the story.
Then Dicky said, 'Look here. We'll be quite quiet for ten minutes by the clock--and each think of some way to find treasure. And when we've thought we'll try all the ways one after the other, beginning with the eldest.'
'I shan't be able to think in ten minutes