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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III Sally was not completely deprived of the society of other children, although her temperament made this question a rather difficult one. Her father did not bother himself about Sally's goings and comings, which was quite what would have been expected. Indeed, he bothered himself very little about the doings of his family; as a general thing, he did not know what they did, nor did he care, so long as they refrained from interference with his own actions. They had learned to do that. Mrs. Ladue did bother herself about Sally's doings a good deal, in spite of the difficulty of the question; and one would have thought that she had her fill of difficult questions. She went to the door and looked out. She saw Charlie playing alone near the foot of a tree. He was tied to the tree by a long string, one end of which was about his body, under his arms. ''Charlie, she called, where's Sally? Charlie looked up, impatiently, and shook his head. Mrs. Ladue repeated her question. Up there, he answered, pointing into the tree above his head. And I'm a giraffe in a menagerie and giraffes can't talk, mother. Oh, excuse me, little giraffe, she said, smiling. Great, big giraffe. Not little giraffe. Meanwhile there had been a sound of scrambling in the tree and Sally dropped to the ground. Did you want me, mother? she asked. I only thought that you have had the care of Charlie for a long time. Don't you want to go up to Margaret Savage's and play with her? This was, perhaps, the hundredth time that Mrs. Ladue had asked that question. No, mother, Sally replied, also for the hundredth time, I don't. But if you want me to go, I will. Mrs. Ladue laughed outright at her daughter's directness. Why? she asked. I am really curious to know ...
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