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· Because you were only hungry for the first one or two,' said the other boy. But it can't be helped now ; come and spend the sixpence better.'

• There won't be anything worth buying for sixpence,' said Geoffrey, gloomily, as he shuffled in a lazy manner towards my stall.

I want a spade,' said he.

Several were produced, but they cost two shillings or half-a-crown. There were little wooden spades for sixpence; but from those he turned with contempt, saying they were only fit for babies. Nothing at our table suited him, and he walked towards our opposite neighbour, who sold books, maps, etc. On his asking for a dissected map, all the countries of the world were speedily offered to his choice; but alas! the price was again the obstacle. The cheapest map was halfa-crown; and Geoffrey's sixpence would buy nothing but a childish puzzle of Old Mother Hubbard. Geoffrey said it was a great shame that everything should be either dear or stupid. Can't


lend me some money, Ned ?' continued he.

'I can't indeed,' replied the other ; 'mine all went in this box of tools. Suppose you don't spend the sixpence at all now, but keep it till you get some more.'

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“No, I won't do that; I hate saving my money.'

So saying, he wandered from stall to stall, asking the price of everything, as if his purse was as full as his stomach.

How much is that sailor kite ?' Two shillings, sir.'— How much is that bat?'.Seven and sixpence.'—'How much is that wooden box with a secret drawer ?'

· Three shillings. How provoking!'he exclaimed. I want

. heaps of things, and this stupid sixpence is no good at all.'

• It is better than nothing,' said Edward. is not every day that one's aunt sends one five shillings to spend in the bazaar; and in common times sixpence is not to be despised. After all, there are plenty of things it will buy. Do you want a top ?'

No; I've got four.'
· Garden seeds ?'

What is the use of them, when I can't get a spade?'

Steel pens? You said this morning you could not write with quills.'

* I don't like buying those kind of things with my own money.'

'A box? Yesterday you wanted a box.'


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'I don't care for boxes that won't lock, and I can't get one with a lock and key for sixpence.'

"A knife ?'

Sixpenny knives have only one blade; I want two.

'Sealing-wax ? wafers ? a penholder ? a paintbox? India-rubber? pencils ?'

Stupid things!'
· A ball ? You might have a very good ball.'

*Not a cricket-ball ; and I don't care for any other.'

What a particular fellow you are! I am sure I could always find something to spend sixpence in. String? One is always wanting string. You may have a good ball of whipcord.'

These sort of places don't sell it.'

• Then, I say again, keep your money till you want it.'

No, that I'll never do, when I came on purpose to spend it. After all, the only thing I can think of, continued Geoffrey, after a pause, ‘is to go back to the pastrycook's. There was one kind of tart I did not taste, and perhaps it would be nicer than the others. I'll give you one if you like.' No, thank

you ; I am much obliged to you all the same; but I won't help you to spend your


money in that way. Don't buy any more tarts. Come and walk about; there are plenty more shops to look at.'

They sauntered on; but Geoffrey, by various turns, worked his way back to the pastrycook's ; and as no persuasions could then bring him away, Edward walked off, not choosing, as he said, to encourage him.

Presently I saw a tall gentleman enter the bazaar, and I wondered what he would buy. I did not then understand the difference between grown-up people and children, and as he approached my stall, I could not repress a hope that he would buy me. But his quick eye glanced over the tables without resting on any of the toys.

*Can I show you anything, sir ?' said my mistress.

* No, I am much obliged to you,' he answered, with a pleasant smile. 'I am only in search of some young people, who, I dare say, have been better customers than I. Ah! here they are," he continued, as the two boys of whom I had taken so much notice ran up to him from different ends of the room.

Well, boys,' said he, 'what have you bought ? Must we hire a waggon to carry your property home?'

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Not quite,' answered Edward. I have bought a waggon-load of amusement, but I can carry

it home well enough myself; I have spent all

my money in this box of tools.'

'A very sensible and useful purchase,' said the gentleman ; 'they will give you plenty of pleasant employment. The only objection is, that they are likely to be lost or broken at school.'

I do not mean to take them to school, papa; I shall use them in the holidays, and leave them with Willy when I go back to school; that was one reason why I bought them. Willy could do a good deal of carpentering on his sofa.'

• True, my boy, and a kind thought. They will be a great amusement to poor Willy, and he will take good care of them for you.'

* Now, Geoffrey, how have you invested your capital ? I hope you have found a strong spade. It is fine weather for gardening.'

“No, I haven't,' stammered Geoffrey.
· Well, what have you bought ?'
I don't know,' said Geoffrey.
'Do you mean that you have not spent your

. money yet? Make haste, then, for I can only allow you five minutes more. I expected to find you ready to go home. Be brisk; there is everything on that stall that the heart of boy


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