P. L. Travers
with illustrations by Mary Shepard
Contents Chapter One East Wind Chapter Two The Day Out Chapter Three Laughing Gas Chapter Four Miss Lark’s Andrew Chapter Five The Dancing Cow Chapter i! "ad Tuesday Chapter even The "ird Wo#an Chapter Eight Mrs Corry Chapter $ine %ohn and "ar&ara’s tory Chapter Ten Fu'' Moon Chapter E'even Christ#as hopping Chapter Twe've West Wind (ostscript &y "rian i&'ey
()L)Travers* &orn in +,--* grew up on a sugar p'antation in Austra'ia* one o. three sisters) he was a keen reader* particu'ar'y o. a'' kinds o. #yths and 'egends* &ut &e.ore 'ong she #oved on to reading her #other’s 'i&rary &ooks /which invo'ved sneaking into her roo# whi'e she was as'eep01) (a#e'a de'i&erate'y kept her 'i.e very private) he 'ived a whi'e in 2re'and and London* and trave''ed .re3uent'y to A#erica* where she was #ade writer in residence to &oth #ith and 4adc'i..e Co''eges in Massachusetts) he a'so received an honorary doctorate .ro# Chatha# Co''ege* (itts&urgh) A'though she worked as a secretary* a dancer and an actress* writing was () L)Travers’s rea' 'ove* and .or #any years she was a 5ourna'ist) 2t was whi'e she was recuperating .ro# serious i''ness that she wrote Mary (oppins 6 7to whi'e away the days* &ut a'so to put down so#ething that had &een in #y #ind .or a 'ong ti#e8* she said) he received an O"E in +-99* and died in +--:) by the same author Mary (oppins Co#es "ack Mary (oppins Opens the Door Mary (oppins in the (ark Mary (oppins in Cherry Tree Lane Mary (oppins and the ;ouse $e!t Door Friend Monkey Co''ins Modern C'assics Co''ins
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Chapter One East (ind
2. BOC want to .ind Cherry Tree Lane a'' you have to do is ask the (o'ice#an at the crossroads) ;e wi'' push his he'#et s'ight'y to one side* scratch his head thought.u''y* and then he wi'' point his huge white@g'oved .inger and sayD 7First to your right* second to your 'e.t* sharp right again* and you’re there) Good #orning)8 And sure enough* i. you .o''ow his directions e!act'y* you wi'' &e there 6 right in the #idd'e o. Cherry Tree Lane* where the houses run down one side and the (ark runs down the other and the cherry@trees go dancing right down the #idd'e) 2. you are 'ooking .or $u#&er eventeen 6 and it is #ore than 'ike'y that you wi'' &e* .or this &ook is a'' a&out that particu'ar house 6 you wi'' very soon .ind it) To &egin with* it is the s#a''est house in the Lane) And &esides that* it is the on'y one that is rather di'apidated and needs a coat o. paint) "ut Mr "anks* who owns it* said to Mrs "anks that she cou'd have either a nice* c'ean* co#.orta&'e house or .our chi'dren) "ut not &oth* .or he cou'dn’t a..ord it) And a.ter Mrs "anks had given the #atter so#e consideration she ca#e to the conc'usion that she wou'd rather have %ane* who was the e'dest* and Michae'* who ca#e ne!t* and %ohn and "ar&ara* who were Twins and ca#e 'ast o. a'') o it was sett'ed* and that was how the "anks .a#i'y ca#e to 'ive at $u#&er eventeen* with Mrs "ri'' to cook .or the#* and E''en to 'ay the ta&'es* and 4o&ertson Ay to cut the 'awn and c'ean the knives and po'ish the shoes and* as Mr "anks a'ways said* 7to waste his ti#e and #y #oney)8 And* o. course* &esides these there was Eatie $anna* who doesn’t rea''y deserve to co#e into the &ook at a'' &ecause* at the ti#e 2 a# speaking o.* she had 5ust 'e.t $u#&er eventeen) 7Without a &y your 'eave or a word o. warning) And what a# 2 to doF8 said Mrs "anks) 7Advertise* #y dear*8 said Mr "anks* putting on his shoes) 7And 2 wish 4o&ertson Ay wou'd go
the East Wind &'owing through the naked &ranches o.e a&sent#inded'y on one side o.ter supper %ane and Michae' sat at the window watching . with his &'ack &ag* and Mrs "anks went into the drawing roo# and sat there a'' day 'ong writing 'etters to the papers and &egging the# to send so#e $annies to her at once as she was waitingG and upstairs in the $ursery* %ane and Michae' watched at the window and wondered who wou'd co#e) They were g'ad Eatie $anna had gone* .or the $annies to 3ueue up outside the .ternoon &egan to die away &ehind the (ark* Mrs "ri'' and E''en ca#e to give the# their supper and to &athe the Twins) And a.ic and #aking it necessary . the gate* and they cou'd see that it &e'onged to a wo#an* who was ho'ding her hat on with one hand and carrying a &ag in the other) As they watched* %ane and Michae' saw a curious thing happen) As soon as the shape was inside the gate the wind see#ed to catch her up into the air and . was a gi't weathercock shaped 'ike a te'escope) 7.rost in #y &ones) 2 sha'' wear two overcoats)8 And he kissed his wi..or they had never 'iked her) he was o'd and .or #e to give the po'ice#an a shi''ing . warning* . not #uch &etter) When the a.or he has again po'ished one &oot and 'e.t the other untouched) 2 sha'' 'ook very 'opsided)8 7That*8 said Mrs "anks* 7is not o.o'idays 6 and whi'e he was there he sat on a 'arge chair in . it were #e 6 2 #ean 26we''* 2 shou'd get so#e&ody to put in the Morning (aper the news that %ane and Michae' and %ohn and "ar&ara "anks /to say nothing o. &ar'ey@water) Anything* they thought* wou'd &e &etter than Eatie $anna 6 i.'agsta. course* and "ank ..'ung her .ront gate* and 2 shou'd get very cross with the# .@crowns and threepenny@&its) And he &rought the# ho#e with hi# in his 'itt'e &'ack &ag) o#eti#es he wou'd give so#e to %ane and Michae' .or their #oney@&o!es* and when he cou'dn’t spare any he wou'd say* 7The "ank is &roken*8 and they wou'd know he hadn’t #ade #uch #oney that day) We''* Mr "anks went o.ront o.ic &ang* and as she 'anded the who'e house shook)
. 'ight* 'ooked as though they had gone #ad and were dancing their roots out o.ront door) The watching chi'dren heard a terri.or putting hi# to so #uch trou&'e) $ow 2 #ust &e o. the 'east i#portance)Bou haven’t to'd #e what 2’# to do a&out Eatie $anna)8 72 don’t see how you can do anything a&out her since she has disappeared*8 rep'ied Mr "anks) 7"ut i.) Whew* it’s as co'd as the $orth (o'e) Which way is the wind &'owingF8 And as he said that* Mr "anks popped his head out o.a08 said Mr "anks* drawing in his head very 3uick'y) 7Ad#ira'’s te'escope says East Wind) 2 thought as #uch) There is .without a word o..at and s#e't o.'ing her at the house) 2t was as though it had .ted the 'atch o. the cherry trees in the Lane)The trees the#se'ves* turning and &ending in the ha'. their Mother1 re3uire the &est possi&'e $annie at the 'owest possi&'e wage and at once) Then 2 shou'd wait and watch . the window and 'ooked down the Lane to Ad#ira' "oo#’s house at the corner) This was the grandest house in the Lane* and the Lane was very proud o. in the garden* and on the roo. it &ecause it was &ui't e!act'y 'ike a ship) There was a .irst at the gate* waited . a 'arge desk and #ade #oney) A'' day 'ong he worked* cutting out pennies and shi''ings and ha'.or ho'ding up the tra.or her to open it* and then 'i. the ground) 7There he is08 said Michae'* pointing sudden'y to a shape that &anged heavi'y against the gate) %ane peered through the gathering darkness) 7That’s not Daddy*8 she said) 72t’s so#e&ody e'se)8 Then the shape* tossed and &ent under the wind* 'i.ted and thrown her* &ag and a''* at the .or Mr "anks to co#e ho#e* and 'istening to the sound o.. her nose and waved to the chi'dren and went away to the City) $ow* the City was a p'ace where Mr "anks went every day 6 e!cept undays* o.
o''owed Mrs "anks upstairs* &ut not in the usua' way) With her 'arge &ag in her hands she s'id grace.ten done it the#se'ves) "ut up 6 never0 They gaJed curious'y at the strange new visitor) 7We''* that’s a'' sett'ed* then)8 A sigh o.ro# the window* through the $ursery and out on to the 'anding) Fro# there they a'ways had a good view o.. didn’t rea''y &e'ieve what she was saying) They heard the visitor sni..ied*8 said the other* wiping her nose with a 'arge red and white &andanna handkerchie. anything that happened in the .ro# the top 'anding* had an e!ce''ent view o. that see#ed to indicate that she had #ade up her #ind* she saidD 72’'' take the position)8
. there was one thing Mrs "anks did not 'ike* it was to &e thought o'd@. the e!traordinary thing the visitor now did) Certain'y she . re'ie. ca#e . date* as you #ight say)8 $ow* i.ashioned idea* to #y #ind*8 %ane and Michae' heard the stern voice say)7 Hery o'd@ . as though she didn’t either) 7$ow* a&out re. course* .ore*8 said Michae') 7Let’s go and see who it is08 said %ane* and taking Michae'’s ar# she drew hi# away .unny0 2’ve never seen that happen &e.ro# one to the other as though she were #aking up her #ind whether she 'iked the# or not) 7Wi'' we doF8 said Michae') 7Michae'* don’t &e naughty*8 said his Mother) Mary (oppins continued to regard the .ashioned) he 5ust cou'dn’t &ear it) o she said 3uick'yD 7Hery we''* then) We won’t &other a&out the#) 2 on'y asked* o.7.eet and hands* and s#a''* rather peering &'ue eyes) 7Bou’'' .erences*8 said the other .ore) Down* o. course* in case you 6 er 6 re3uired it) The nursery is upstairs68 And she 'ed the way towards the staircase* ta'king a'' the ti#e* without stopping once) And &ecause she was doing that Mrs "anks did not notice what was happening &ehind her* &ut %ane and Michae'* watching .) 7Why* chi'dren*8 said Mrs "anks* noticing the# sudden'y* 7what are you doing thereF This is your new nurse* Mary (oppins) %ane* Michae'* say how do you do0 And these86she waved her hand at the &a&ies in their cots67are the Twins)8 Mary (oppins regarded the# steadi'y* 'ooking .our chi'dren searching'y) Then* with a 'ong* 'oud sni.ind that they are very nice chi'dren*8 Mrs "anks was saying) Michae'’s e'&ow gave a sharp dig at %ane’s ri&s) 7And that they give no trou&'e at a''*8 continued Mrs "anks uncertain'y* as i. the drawing roo# with a visitor .ro# the chi'dren’s Mother) 7Iuite) As 'ong as 2’# satis.u''y up the &anisters* and arrived at the 'anding at the sa#e ti#e as Mrs "anks) uch a thing* %ane and Michae' knew* had never &een done &e.o''owing her) %ane and Michae' cou'd see that the newco#er had shiny &'ack hair674ather 'ike a wooden Dutch do''*8 whispered %ane) And that she was thin* with 'arge .ashioned) Iuite out o.ir#'y) Mrs "anks stared) 7"ut 2 thought it was usua'*8 she said) 72 #ean62 understood peop'e a'ways did)8 7A very o'd@.erences68 Mrs "anks went on) 7Oh* 2 #ake it a ru'e never to give re. she herse'.ront ha'') (resent'y they saw their Mother co#ing out o.or they had o.ow .
her) 7.'er .ed a great dea' 6%ane* too* re#ained si'ent) "ut when she &ent down to undo her &ag* Michae' cou'd not restrain hi#se'. her hat* which she hung on one o.o'ded in ..ro# the e#pty &ag a starched white apron and tied it round her waist) $e!t she unpacked a 'arge cake o.e wrink'ed up his nose) .ush08 said %ane* as Mary (oppins took out a 'arge &ott'e 'a&e''ed 7One Teaspoon to &e Taken at "edti#e)8 A spoon was attached to the neck o. the &ott'e* and into this Mary (oppins poured a dark cri#son . throat 'oJenges) %ane and Michae' stared) 7"ut 2 saw*8 whispered Michae') 72’# sure it was e#pty)8 7..)8 7Oh*8 said Michae') 72 see)8 "ut he didn’t63uite) "y this ti#e the &ag was open* and %ane and Michae' were #ore than surprised to . the &edposts) As it did not see# as though Mary (oppins was going to say any #ore6though she sni.e &egan to protest) 72 don’t want it) 2 don’t need it) 2 won’t08 "ut Mary (oppins’ eyes were .ace)
.o'ding ar#chair and a &o! o. hairpins* a &ott'e o. un'ight oap* a tooth&rush* a packet o..7For a'' the wor'd*8 as Mrs "anks said to her hus&and 'ater* 7as though she were doing us a signa' honour)8 7(erhaps she is*8 said Mr "anks* putting his nose round the corner o.'y) And she proceeded to unwind her #u.rightening and at the sa#e ti#e #ost e!citing) The spoon ca#e nearer) .'uid) 72s that your #edicineF8 en3uired Michae'* 'ooking very interested) 7$o* yours*8 said Mary (oppins* ho'ding out the spoon to hi#) Michae' stared) . scent* a s#a'' . up and 'ooking as though she had &een insu'ted) 7$othing in it* did you sayF8 And with that she took out .e he'd his &reath* shut his eyes and gu'ped) A de'icious taste ran round his #outh) .ind it was co#p'ete'y e#pty) 7Why*8 said %ane* 7there’s nothing in it08 7What do you #ean6nothingF8 de#anded Mary (oppins* drawing herse'.ow did you co#eF8 %ane asked) 72t 'ooked 5ust as i.or a #o#ent and then withdrawing it very 3uick'y) When their Mother had gone* %ane and Michae' edged towards Mary (oppins* who stood* sti'' as a post* with her hands .e turned his tongue in it) .) 7What a .ingers) 7Carpet*8 said Mary (oppins* putting her key in the 'ock) 7To carry carpets in* you #eanF8 7$o) Made o.unny &ag08 he said* pinching it with his . the wind &'ew you here)8 72t did*8 said Mary (oppins &rie.i!ed upon hi#* and Michae' sudden'y discovered that you cou'd not 'ook at Mary (oppins and diso&ey her) There was so#ething strange and e!traordinary a&out her6 so#ething that was .ro# her neck and to take o.e swa''owed* and a happy s#i'e ran round his .ront o. the newspaper .
7 traw&erry ice*8 he said ecstatica''y) 7More* #ore* #ore08 "ut Mary (oppins* her .ace as stern as &e.ore* was pouring out a dose .or %ane) 2t ran into the spoon* si'very* greeny* ye''owy) %ane tasted it) 7Li#e@5uice cordia'*8 she said* s'iding her tongue de'icious'y over her 'ips) "ut when she saw Mary (oppins #oving towards the Twins with the &ott'e %ane rushed at her) 7Oh* no6p'ease) They’re too young) 2t wou'dn’t &e good .or the#) ('ease08 Mary (oppins* however* took no notice* &ut with a warning* terri&'e g'ance at %ane* tipped the spoon towards %ohn’s #outh) ;e 'apped at it eager'y* and &y the .ew drops that were spi't on his &i&* %ane and Michae' cou'd te'' that the su&stance in the spoon this ti#e was #i'k) Then "ar&ara had her share* and she gurg'ed and 'icked the spoon twice) Mary (oppins then poured out another dose and so'e#n'y took it herse'.) 74u# punch*8 she said* s#acking her 'ips and corking the &ott'e) %anes eyes and Michae'’s popped with astonish#ent* &ut they were not given #uch ti#e to wonder* .or Mary (oppins* having put the #iracu'ous &ott'e on the #ante'piece* turned to the#) 7$ow*8 she said* 7spit@spot into &ed)8 And she &egan to undress the#) They noticed that whereas &uttons and hooks had needed a'' sorts o. coa!ing .ro# Eatie $anna* .or Mary (oppins they .'ew apart a'#ost at a 'ook) 2n 'ess than a #inute they .ound the#se'ves in &ed and watching* &y the di# 'ight .ro# the night@'ight* the rest o. Mary (oppins’ unpacking &eing per.or#ed) Fro# the carpet@&ag she took out seven .'anne' nightgowns* .our cotton ones* a pair o. &oots* a set o. do#inoes* two &athing@caps and a postcard a'&u#) Last o. a'' ca#e a .o'ding ca#p@&edstead with &'ankets and eiderdown co#p'ete* and this she set down &etween %ohn’s cot and "ar&ara’s) %ane and Michae' sat hugging the#se'ves and watching) 2t was a'' so surprising that they cou'd .ind nothing to say) "ut they knew* &oth o. the#* that so#ething strange and wonder.u' had happened at $u#&er eventeen* Cherry Tree Lane) Mary (oppins* s'ipping one o. the .'anne' nightgowns over her head* &egan to undress underneath it as though it were a tent) Michae'* char#ed &y this strange new arriva'* una&'e to keep si'ent any 'onger* ca''ed to her) 7Mary (oppins*8 he cried* 7you’'' never 'eave us* wi'' youF8 There was no rep'y .ro# under the nightgown) Michae' cou'd not &ear it) 7Bou won’t 'eave us* wi'' youF8 he ca''ed an!ious'y) Mary (oppins’ head ca#e out o. the top o. the nightgown) he 'ooked very .ierce) 7One word #ore .ro# that direction*8 she said threatening'y* 7and 2’'' ca'' the (o'ice#an)8 72 was on'y saying*8 &egan Michae'* #eek'y* 7that we hoped you wou'dn’t &e going away soon68 ;e stopped* .ee'ing very red and con.used) Mary (oppins stared .ro# hi# to %ane in si'ence) Then she sni..ed) 72’'' stay ti'' the wind changes*8 she said short'y* and she &'ew out her cand'e and got into &ed) 7That’s a'' right*8 said Michae'* ha'. to hi#se'. and ha'. to %ane) "ut %ane wasn’t 'istening) he was thinking a&out a'' that had happened* and wonderingK
And that is how Mary (oppins ca#e to 'ive at $u#&er eventeen* Cherry Tree Lane) And a'though they so#eti#es .ound the#se'ves wishing .or the 3uieter* #ore ordinary days when Eatie $anna ru'ed the househo'd* every&ody* on the who'e* was g'ad o. Mary (oppins’ arriva') Mr "anks was g'ad &ecause* as she arrived &y herse'. and did not ho'd up the tra..ic* he had not had to tip the (o'ice#an) Mrs "anks was g'ad &ecause she was a&'e to te'' every&ody that her chi'dren’s nurse was so .ashiona&'e that she didn’t &e'ieve in giving re.erences) Mrs "ri'' and E''en were g'ad &ecause they cou'd drink strong cups o. tea a'' day in the kitchen and no 'onger needed to preside at nursery suppers) 4o&ertson Ay was g'ad* too* &ecause Mary (oppins had on'y one pair o. shoes* and those she po'ished herse'.) "ut no&ody ever knew what Mary (oppins .e't a&out it* .or Mary (oppins never to'd anythingK
Chapter Two The )ay Out
7Every third Thursday*8 said Mrs "anks) 7Two ti'' .ive)8 Mary (oppins eyed her stern'y) 7The &est peop'e* #a’a#*8 she said* 7give every second Thursday* and one ti'' si!) And those 2 sha'' take or68 Mary (oppins paused* and Mrs "anks knew what the pause #eant) 2t #eant that i. she didn’t get what she wanted Mary (oppins wou'd not stay) 7Hery we''* very we''*8 said Mrs "anks hurried'y* though she wished Mary (oppins did not know so very #uch #ore a&out the &est peop'e than she did herse'.) o Mary (oppins put on her white g'oves and tucked her u#&re''a under her ar#6not &ecause it was raining &ut &ecause it had such a &eauti.u' hand'e that she cou'dn’t possi&'y 'eave it at ho#e) ;ow cou'd you 'eave your u#&re''a &ehind i. it had a parrot’s head .or a hand'eF "esides* Mary (oppins was very vain and 'iked to 'ook her &est) 2ndeed* she was 3uite sure that she never 'ooked anything e'se) %ane waved to her .ro# the $ursery window)
7Where are you goingF8 she ca''ed) 7Eind'y c'ose that window*8 rep'ied Mary (oppins* and %ane’s head hurried'y disappeared inside the $ursery) Mary (oppins wa'ked down the garden@path and opened the gate) Once outside in the Lane* she set o.. wa'king very 3uick'y as i. she were a.raid the a.ternoon wou'd run away .ro# her i. she didn’t keep up with it) At the corner she turned to the right and then to the 'e.t* nodded haughti'y to the (o'ice#an* who said it was a nice day* and &y that ti#e she .e't that her Day Out had &egun) he stopped &eside an e#pty #otor car in order to put her hat straight with the he'p o. the windscreen* in which it was re.'ected* then she s#oothed down her .rock and tucked her u#&re''a #ore secure'y under her ar# so that the hand'e* or rather the parrot* cou'd &e seen &y every&ody) A.ter these preparations she went .orward to #eet the Match Man) $ow* the Match Man had two pro.essions) ;e not on'y so'd #atches 'ike any ordinary #atch #an* &ut he drew pave#ent pictures as we'') ;e did these things turn@a&out according to the weather) 2. it was wet* he so'd #atches &ecause the rain wou'd have washed away his pictures i. he had painted the#) 2. it was .ine* he was on his knees a'' day* #aking pictures in co'oured cha'ks on the side@wa'ks* and doing the# so 3uick'y that o.ten you wou'd .ind he had painted up one side o. a street and down the other a'#ost &e.ore you’d had ti#e to co#e round the corner) On this particu'ar day* which was .ine &ut co'd* he was painting) ;e was in the act o. adding a picture o. two "ananas* an App'e* and a head o. Iueen E'iJað to a 'ong string o. others* when Mary (oppins wa'ked up to hi#* tiptoeing so as to surprise hi#) 7;ey08 ca''ed Mary (oppins so.t'y) ;e went on putting &rown stripes on a &anana and &rown cur's on Iueen E'iJað’s head) 7Ahe#08 said Mary (oppins* with a 'ady'ike cough) ;e turned with a start and saw her) 7Mary08 he cried* and you cou'd te'' &y the way he cried it that Mary (oppins was a very i#portant person in his 'i.e) Mary (oppins 'ooked down at her .eet and ru&&ed the toe o. one shoe a'ong the pave#ent two or three ti#es) Then she s#i'ed at the shoe in such a way that the shoe knew 3uite we'' that the s#i'e wasn’t #eant .or it) 72t’s #y Day* "ert*8 she said) 7Didn’t you re#e#&erF8 "ert was the Match Man’s na#e6;er&ert A'.red .or undays) 7O. course 2 re#e#&ered* Mary*8 he said* 7&ut68 and he stopped and 'ooked sad'y into his cap) 2t 'ay on the ground &eside his 'ast picture and there was tuppence in it) ;e picked it up and 5ing'ed the pennies) 7That a'' you got* "ertF8 said Mary (oppins* and she said it so &right'y you cou'd hard'y te'' she was disappointed at a'') 7That’s the 'ot*8 he said) 7"usiness is &ad today)Bou’d think any&ody’d &e g'ad to pay to see that* wou'dn’t youF8 And he nodded his head at Iueen E'iJað) 7We''6that’s how it is* Mary*8 he sighed) 7Can’t take you to tea today* 2’# a.raid)8 Mary (oppins thought o. the rasp&erry@5a# cakes they a'ways had on her Day Out* and she was 5ust going to sigh when she saw the Match Man’s .ace) o* very c'ever'y* she turned the sigh into a s#i'e 6 a good one with &oth ends turned up 6 and saidD
7That’s a'' right* "ert) Don’t you #ind) 2’d #uch rather not go to tea) A stodgy #ea'* 2 ca'' it 6 rea''y)8 And that* when you think how very #uch she 'iked rasp&erry@5a# cakes* was rather nice o. Mary (oppins) The Match Man apparent'y thought so* too* .or he took her white@g'oved hand in his and s3ueeJed it hard) Then together they wa'ked down the row o. pictures) 7$ow* there’s one you’ve never seen &e.ore08 said the Match Man proud'y* pointing to a painting o. a #ountain covered with snow and its s'opes si#p'y 'ittered with grasshoppers sitting on gigantic roses) This ti#e Mary (oppins cou'd indu'ge in a sigh without hurting his .ee'ings) 7Oh* "ert*8 she said* 7that’s a .air treat0 8And &y the way she said it she #ade hi# .ee' that &y rights the picture shou'd have &een in the 4oya' Acade#y* which is a 'arge roo# where peop'e hang the pictures they have painted) Every&ody co#es to see the#* and when they have 'ooked at the# .or a very 'ong ti#e* every&ody says to every&ody e'seD 7The idea6#y dear08 The ne!t picture Mary (oppins and the Match Man ca#e to was even &etter) 2t was the country 6 a'' trees and grass and a 'itt'e &it o. &'ue sea in the distance* and so#ething that 'ooked 'ike Margate in the &ackground) 7My word08 said Mary (oppins ad#iring'y* stooping so that she cou'd see it &etter) 7Why* "ert* whatever is the #atterF8 For the Match Man had caught ho'd o. her other hand now and was 'ooking very e!cited) 7Mary*8 he said* 72 got an idea0 A rea' idea) Why don’t we go there6right now6this very dayF "oth together* into the picture) Eh* MaryF8 And sti'' ho'ding her hands he drew her right out o. the street* away .ro# the iron rai'ings and the 'a#p@posts* into the very #idd'e o. the picture) (..0 There they were* right inside it0 ;ow green it was there and how 3uiet* and what so.t crisp grass under their .eet0 They cou'd hard'y &e'ieve it was true* and yet here were green &ranches huski'y ratt'ing on their hats as they &ent &eneath the#* and 'itt'e co'oured .'owers cur'ing round their shoes) They stared at each other* and each noticed that the other had changed) To Mary (oppins* the Match Man see#ed to have &ought hi#se'. an entire'y new suit o. c'othes* .or he was now wearing a &right green@and@red striped coat and white .'anne' trousers and* &est o. a''* a new straw hat) ;e 'ooked unusua''y c'ean* as though he had &een po'ished) 7Why*"ert*you 'ook .ine08 she cried in an ad#iring voice) "ert cou'd not say anything .or a #o#ent* .or his #outh had .a''en open and he was staring at her with round eyes) Then he gu'ped and saidD 7Go''y08 That was a'') "ut he said it in such a way and stared so steadi'y and so de'ighted'y at her that she took a 'itt'e #irror out o. her &ag and 'ooked at herse'. in it) he* too* she discovered* had changed) 4ound her shou'ders hung a c'oak o. 'ove'y arti.icia' si'k with watery patterns a'' over it* and the tick'ing .ee'ing at the &ack o. her neck ca#e* the #irror to'd her* .ro# a 'ong cur'y .eather that swept down .ro# the &ri# o. her hat) ;er &est shoes had disappeared* and in their p'ace were others #uch .iner and with 'arge dia#ond &uck'es shining upon the#) he was sti'' wearing the white g'oves and carrying the u#&re''a) 7My goodness*8 said Mary (oppins* 72 a# having a Day Out08
inished the pi'e o.) 7There is $othing to (ay*8 said the Waiter* &e.ter that they got up and &rushed the cru#&s o.or each o. the 'argest) 7TeaF8 said the Waiter* .ind the Merry@go@4ound 5ust over there08 And he waved his hand to a 'itt'e gap in the trees* where Mary (oppins and the Match Man cou'd see severa' wooden horses whir'ing round on a stand) 7That’s .*7it was in the "ackground* you see08 The Merry@go@4ound was 5ust s'owing down as they approached it) They 'eapt upon it* Mary (oppins on a &'ack horse and the Match Man on a grey) And when the #usic started again and they &egan to #ove* they rode a'' the way to Bar#outh and &ack* &ecause that was the p'ace they &oth wanted #ost to see) When they returned it was near'y dark and the Waiter was watching .ternoon tea* and the Waiter stood &eside the# to see they had everything they needed) 7We’re having the# a. the 'itt'e green chairs that stood round the ta&'e) The Match Man* staring* co''apsed on to another) 72’# the Waiter* you know08 e!p'ained the #an in the &'ack coat) 7Oh0 "ut 2 didn’t see you in the picture*8 said Mary (oppins) 7Ah* 2 was &ehind the tree*8 e!p'ained the Waiter) 7Won’t you sit downF8 said Mary (oppins* po'ite'y) 7Waiters never sit down* Moddo#*8 said the #an &ut he see#ed p'eased at &eing asked) 7Bour whe'ks* Mister08 he said* pushing a p'ate o.ter a''*8 said Mary (oppins in a 'oud whisper* as she &egan on the heap o.or the#) 72’# very sorry* Moddo# and Mister*8 he said po'ite'y* 7&ut we c'ose at even) 4u'es* you know) May 2
.e dusted the pin on his napkin and handed it to the Match Man) They &egan upon the a. rasp&erry@5a# cakes as high as Mary (oppins’ waist stood in the centre* and &eside it tea was &oi'ing in a &ig &rass urn) "est o. rasp&erry@5a# cakes) A. rasp&erry@5a# cakes) 7Go''y08 agreed the Match Man* he'ping hi#se'. the wood with a ta&'e napkin over his ar#) Mary (oppins* thorough'y surprised* sat down with a p'op upon one o.i''ing a 'arge cup .ore they had ti#e to ask . whe'ks and two pins to pick the# out with) 7 trike #e pink08 said Mary (oppins) That was what she a'ways said when she was p'eased) 7Go''y08 said the Match Man) And that was his particu'ar phrase) 7Won’t you sit down* Moddo#F8 en3uired a voice* and they turned to .. a''* there were two p'ates o. the# .ternoon Tea0 A pi'e o.or the &i'') 72t is a ('easure) Bou wi'' . the# over to the Match Man) 7And your (in08 . to two o.i''ed with sun'ight) And there on a green ta&'e was A.or 'uck* they .o* sti'' ad#iring the#se'ves and each other* they #oved on together through the 'itt'e wood* ti'' present'y they ca#e upon a 'itt'e open space .unny*8 said she) 72 don’t re#e#&er seeing that in the picture* either)8 7Ah*8 said the Match Man* who hadn’t re#e#&ered it hi#se'.ind a ta'' #an in a &'ack coat co#ing out o.ro# the urn) They drank it and had two cups #ore each* and then* .
ront o. indeed) %ust then the Waiter stopped in .show you the Way OutF8 They nodded as he . she went upstairs to take o.ro# her shou'ders and the dia#onds .e nodded to the Match Man* who cocked his head on one side and c'osed one eye at the Waiter* which was his way o. the# through the wood) 72t’s a wonder.ro# her hat and the si'k c'oak .ro# her shoes) The &right c'othes o.or a 'ong #inute* and then her g'ance e!p'ored the wood &ehind hi# . thick cha'k 'ines) 7. &idding hi# .'ourished his ta&'e@napkin and wa'ked on in ..or the Waiter) "ut the Waiter was nowhere to &e seen) There was no&ody in the picture) $othing #oved there) Even the Merry@go@4ound had disappeared) On'y the sti'' trees and the grass and the un#oving 'itt'e patch o.) 7Don’t you know*8 she said pitying'y* 7that every&ody’s got a Fairy'and o.. the Match Man .ro# her Day Out* %ane and Michae' ca#e running to #eet her) 7Where have you &eenF8 they asked her) 72n Fairy'and*8 said Mary (oppins) 7Did you see Cindere''aF8 said %ane) 7. the#* &eside a 'arge white doorway that 'ooked as though it were #ade o. their ownF8 And with another sni. her white g'oves and put the u#&re''a away)
.eather dropped .uh* Cindere''aF $ot #e*8 said Mary (oppins* conte#ptuous'y) 7Cindere''a* indeed08 7Or 4o&inson CrusoeF8 asked Michae') 74o&inson Crusoe6pooh08 said Mary (oppins rude'y) 7Then how cou'd you have &een thereF 2t cou'dn’t have &een our Fairy'and08 Mary (oppins gave a superior sni.ere you are08 he said) 7This is the Way Out)8 7Good&ye and thank you*8 said Mary (oppins* shaking his hand) 7Moddo#* good&ye08 said the Waiter* &owing so 'ow that his head knocked against his knees) .arewe'') Then Mary (oppins stepped through the white doorway and the Match Man .o''owed her) And as they went* the . sea re#ained) "ut Mary (oppins and the Match Man s#i'ed at one another)They knew* you see* what 'ay &ehind the treesK When she ca#e &ack .u' picture you’ve drawn this ti#e* "ert*8 said Mary (oppins* putting her hand through the Match Man’s ar# and drawing her c'oak a&out her) 7We''* 2 did #y &est* Mary*8 said the Match Man #odest'y) "ut you cou'd see he was rea''y very p'eased with hi#se'.ront o..aded* and his straw hat turned into his o'd ragged cap again) Mary (oppins turned and 'ooked at hi#* and she knew at once what had happened) tanding on the pave#ent she gaJed at hi# .
&ut a who'e crowd o. the# were on the way to pay a visit to Mary (oppins’ unc'e* Mr Wigg* and %ane and Michae' had 'ooked .ter a'') 7Why is he ca''ed Mr Wigg6does he wear oneF8 asked Michae'* hurrying a'ong &eside Mary (oppins) 7..Chapter Three Lau*hin* +as
7Are you 3uite sure he wi'' &e at ho#eF8 said %ane* as they got o.orward to the trip .. you instead o. you 'ook 'ong enough at the# you &egin to ..or so 'ong that they were #ore than ha'.. 2 have any #ore 3uestions we wi'' 5ust go "ack .* each wearing a &'ue coat with si'ver &uttons and a &'ue hat to #atch) he thought it was such a 'ove'y sight that she wished there had &een a doJen o.e is &a'd*8 said Mary (oppins) 7And i. one* so that i.ed her usua' sni.aint'y echoing .end her) A'' three o. disp'easure) %ane and Michae' 'ooked at each other and . herse'.ro#
. those curious windows where there see# to &e three o.ended &y the 3uestion) he was wearing her &'ue coat with the si'ver &uttons and the &'ue hat to #atch* and on the days when she wore these it was the easiest thing in the wor'd to o. so#e&ody e'se) Mary (oppins sighed with p'easure* however* when she saw three o.raid that Mr Wigg #ight not &e in* a. o.e is ca''ed Mr Wigg &ecause Mr Wigg is his na#e) And he doesn’t wear one) .o#e)8 And she sni.ee' you are not yourse'.rown #eantD 7Don’t 'et’s ask her anything e'se or we’'' never get there)8 Mary (oppins put her hat straight at the To&acconists hop at the corner) 2t had one o. $u#&er Three* 4o&ertson 4oad) %ane and Michae' cou'd hear it .rowned) And the . he intended to go out* 2’d 'ike to knowF8 said Mary (oppins* who was evident'y very o. a.. the "us* she and Michae' and Mary (oppins) 7Wou'd #y Cnc'e ask #e to &ring you to tea i. her or even thirty) The #ore Mary (oppinses the &etter) 7Co#e a'ong*8 she said stern'y* as though they had kept her waiting) Then they turned the corner and pu''ed the &e'' o.
or tea6. it a .'ew open and a thin* watery@'ooking 'ady appeared) 72s he inF8 said Michae' 3uick'y) 72’'' thank you*8 said Mary (oppins* giving hi# a terri&'e g'ance* 7to 'et #e do the ta'king)8 7. it) Mrs Wigg indeed08 he see#ed to &e 3uite upset* and they thought Mr Wigg #ust &e a very odd person i.ront o.a 'ong way away and they knew that in one #inute* or two at the #ost* they wou'd &e having tea with Mary (oppins’ unc'e* Mr Wigg* . he had &een a 'itt'e s#a''er* #ight a'#ost have .raid it is #y &irthday)8 7Teh* tch* tch08 said Mary (oppins) 72 on'y re#e#&ered 'ast night and there was no ti#e then to send you a postcard asking you to co#e another day) Hery distressing* isn’t itF8 he said* 'ooking down at %ane and Michae') 72 can see you’re rather surprised*8 said Mr Wigg) And* indeed* their #ouths were so wide open with astonish#ent that Mr Wigg* i. course*8 %ane said to Michae' in a whisper) At that #o#ent the door .a''en into one o. the#) 72’d &etter e!p'ain* 2 think*8 Mr Wigg went on ca'#'y) 7Bou see* it’s this way) 2’# a cheer.o''owed Mary (oppins upstairs) Mary (oppins knocked at the door) 7Co#e in0 Co#e in0 And we'co#e08 ca''ed a 'oud* cheery voice . &read and &utter* cru#pets* coconut cakes and a 'arge p'u# cake with pink icing) 7We''* this is indeed a ('easure*8 a huge voice greeted the#* and %ane and Michae' 'ooked round .or its owner) .e is in08 she signa''ed to Michae' with a 'ook) Mary (oppins opened the door and pushed the# in . her) A 'arge* cheer. Miss (ersi##on was so g'ad not to &e Mrs Wigg) 7 traight up and . in a high* thin* outraged voice) %ane and Michae' . he’s in* o.ro# inside) %ane’s heart was pitter@ pattering with e!cite#ent) 7.) 7.irst ti#e ever) 72. things that strike #e as &eing .ow do you do* Mrs Wigg*8 said %ane po'ite'y) 7Mrs Wigg08 said the thin 'ady* in a voice even thinner than herse'.ow dare you ca'' #e Mrs WiggF $o* thank you0 2’# p'ain Miss (ersi##on and proud o.ire was &urning &right'y and in the centre stood an enor#ous ta&'e 'aid .u' roo# 'ay &e. you* the nu#&er o.ore the#) At one end o.u' sort o.at* &a'd #an who was hanging in the air without ho'ding on to anything) 2ndeed* he appeared to &e sitting on the air* .e was nowhere to &e seen) The roo# appeared to &e 3uite e#pty) Then they heard Mary (oppins saying cross'yD 7Oh* Cnc'e A'&ert6not againF 2t’s not your &irthday* is itF8 And as she spoke she 'ooked up at the cei'ing) %ane and Michae' 'ooked up too and to their surprise saw a round* .our cups and saucers* pi'es o.or his 'egs were crossed and he had 5ust put down the newspaper which he had &een reading when they ca#e in) 7My dear*8 said Mr Wigg* s#i'ing down at the chi'dren* and 'ooking apo'ogetica''y at Mary (oppins* 72’# very sorry* &ut 2’# a. #an and very disposed to 'aughter) Bou wou'dn’t &e'ieve* either o.or the .irst door on the 'anding*8 said Miss (ersi##on* and she went hurrying away down the passage sayingD 7Mrs Wigg indeed08 to herse'. his own
.unny) 2 can 'augh at pretty near'y everything* 2 can)8 And with that Mr Wigg &egan to &o& up and down* shaking with 'aughter at the thought o.
5u#ping through the air) Michae'* to his astonish#ent* saw her go soaring up through the roo#) With a 'itt'e &u#p her head touched the cei'ing and then she went &ouncing a'ong it ti'' she reached Mr Wigg) 7We''08 said Mr Wigg* 'ooking very surprised indeed) 7Don’t te'' #e it’s your &irthday* tooF8 %ane shook her head) 72t’s notF Then this Laughing Gas #ust &e catching0 .e 'anded with a &ounce right on Mr Wigg’s knee)
.i''ed with Laughing Gas that 2 si#p'y can’t keep on the ground) Even i.or the #ante'piece08 This was to Michae'* who had sudden'y risen .ace and stopped the chuck'e* and continuedD 72t’s awkward* o. his nose) .e 'ooked so co#ic* . o.irst . course* &ut not unp'easant) $ever happens to either o. 2 can he'p it06that whenever #y &irthday .e't herse'.unnyF 7And now here it is Friday again and #y &irthday* and you two and Mary () to visit #e) Oh* Lordy* Lordy* don’t #ake #e 'augh* 2 &eg o. on and ha'.ore* 2 'aughed so #uch that6wou'd you &e'ieve itF62 was up here .unnyF8 %ane did not rep'y* . Mary (oppins’ . you* 2 supposeF8 %ane and Michae' shook their heads) 7$o* 2 thought not) 2t see#s to &e #y own specia' ha&it) Once* a.unny thought* and 2’# up 'ike a &a''oon) And unti' 2 can think o.or a who'e twe've hours* and cou'dn’t get down ti'' the 'ast stroke o. growing 'ighter and 'ighter* 5ust as though she were &eing pu#ped .ro# the .ee'ing and it #ade her want to 'augh a'' the #ore) And then sudden'y* with a &ouncing &ounce* she . you68 "ut a'though %ane and Michae' had done nothing very a#using* e!cept to stare at hi# in astonish#ent* MrWigg &egan to 'augh again 'oud'y* and as he 'aughed he went &ouncing and &o&&ing a&out in the air* with the newspaper ratt'ing in his hand and his spectac'es ha'.'oor and was swooping through the air* roaring with 'aughter* and 5ust graJing the china orna#ents on the #ante'piece as he passed) .unny thing a&out #e is6a'' right* Mary* 2 won’t 'augh i. 2 s#i'e it happens) The .a''s on a Friday* we''* it’s a'' up with #e) A&so'ute'y C)()*8 said Mr Wigg) 7"ut why6F8 &egan %ane) 7"ut how6F8 &egan Michae') 7We''* you see* i.or a curious thing was happening to her) As she 'aughed she . course* 2 ca#e down with a .e't herse'. air) 2t was a curious and de'icious . 2 'augh on that particu'ar day 2 &eco#e so .u'' o.ter 2’d &een to the Circus the night &e. #idnight) Then* o.cheer.'op &ecause it was aturday and not #y &irthday any #ore) 2t’s rather odd* isn’t itF $ot to say .. so#ething serious 2 can’t get down again)8 MrWigg &egan to chuck'e at that* &ut he caught sight o.'oor* s3uea'ing and shrieking with 'aughter) 74ea''y08 said Mary (oppins) 74ea''y* such &ehaviour08 72 can’t he'p it* 2 can’t he'p it08 shrieked Michae'* as he ro''ed into the .'oundering in the air 'ike a great hu#an &u&&'e* c'utching at the cei'ing so#eti#es and so#eti#es at the gas@&racket as he passed it* that %ane and Michae'* though they were trying hard to &e po'ite* 5ust cou'dn’t he'p doing what they did) They 'aughed) And they 'aughed) They shut their #ouths tight to prevent the 'aughter escaping* &ut that didn’t do any good) And present'y they were ro''ing over and over on the .i 6 whoa there* 'ook out .ender) 72t’s so terri&'y .u'ness) 7Cnc'e A'&ert08 said Mary (oppins* and Mr Wigg stopped 'aughing with a 5erk) 7Oh* &eg pardon* #y dear) Where was 2F Oh* yes) We''* the .unny) Oh* %ane* isn’t it .
ort*8 sni.i!ed) And now 2 can en3uire a&out you* #y dear) 2 #ust say* 2 a# very g'ad to we'co#e you and #y two young .u' tragedy6aw.unny08 7Ah* she doesn’t need to*8 said Mr Wigg sighing) 7 he can co#e up i.ace) 7My goodness08 he said) 7.er you a chair up here* &ut 2 think you’'' ...ort and co#.unny and you’'' .rowning) 2’# a.orta&'e to sit on) 2 do)8 %ane tried it and .. a s#i'e* she shot up through the air and sat down &eside %ane) 7. her hat and 'aid it down &eside her and it hung there in space without any support at a'') 7That’s right*8 said Mr Wigg) Then he turned and 'ooked down at Mary (oppins) 7We''* Mary* we’re .orta&'y on the air) he took o. and 'aughed 'oud'y into it) %ane and Michae'* though they did not want to #iss the cru#pets and the cakes* cou'dn’t he'p 'aughing too* &ecause Mr Wigg’s
.riends here wou'd catch it* rea''y 2 didn’t* Mary0 2 suppose 2 shou'd have asked the# .orta&'e68 7There’s co#.ind the air 3uite co#.ow #any ti#es* 2 shou'd 'ike to know*8 she said snappi'y* 7have 2 to'd you to take o.aintest g'i##er o.riend'y o.ind it’s 3uite easy)8 7Ah* now do* Mary08 said Mr Wigg persuasive'y) 7We’re 'one'y up here without you08 said %ane* and he'd out her ar#s towards Mary (oppins) 7Do think o. she wants to* even without 'aughing6and she knows it)8 And he 'ooked #ysterious'y and secret'y at Mary (oppins as she stood down there on the hearth rug) 7We''*8 said Mary (oppins* 7it’s a'' very si''y and undigni.raid you don’t approve o. so#ething ..riends here today6why* Mary* you’re .or another day or tried to think o.u'0 2’ve 5ust rea'iJed 6the ta&'e’s down there and we’re up here) What are we going to doF We’re here and it’s there) 2t’s an aw.u'0 "ut oh* it’s terri&'y co#ic08 And he hid his .ow dread.ow do you do*8 said Mr Wigg* hearti'y shaking Michae' &y the hand) 72 ca'' this rea''y .'ung &ack their heads and si#p'y how'ed with 'aughter) 72 say*8 said Mr Wigg to %ane* as he wiped his eyes) 7Bou’'' &e thinking 2 have the worst #anners in the wor'd) Bou’re standing and you ought to &e sitting 6 a nice young 'ady 'ike you) 2’# a.7. you6&'ess #y sou'* 2 do0 To co#e up to #e since 2 cou'dn’t co#e down to you 6 ehF8 And then he and Michae' 'ooked at each other and .e waved his hand at %ane and Michae'* and said hurried'yD 72 apo'ogiJe* Mary* #y dear) "ut you know how it is with #e) ti''* 2 #ust say 2 never thought #y two young .ed Mary (oppins) 7And we can have tea*8 Mr Wigg went on* apparent'y not noticing her re#ark) And then a start'ed 'ook ca#e over his .6er6a'' this)8 .ound she cou'd sit down 3uite co#.e seen such a sight) And at your age* Cnc'e68 7Mary (oppins* Mary (oppins* do co#e up08 interrupted Michae') 7Think o.raid 2 can’t o. your coat when you co#e into a hot roo#F8 And she un&uttoned %ane’s coat and 'aid it neat'y on the air &eside the hat) 7That’s right* Mary* that’s right*8 said Mr Wigg contented'y* as he 'eant down and put his spectac'es on the #ante'piece) 7$ow we’re a'' co#.ied* &ut* since you’re a'' up there and don’t see# a&'e to get down* 2 suppose 2’d &etter co#e up* too)8 With that* to the surprise o.ace in his handkerchie. so#ething . %ane and Michae'* she put her hands down at her sides and without a 'augh* without even the . so#ething sad or so#ething68 7We''* 2 #ust say*8 said Mary (oppins pri#'y* 7that 2 have never in #y 'i.
your age62 never did68 7"ut perhaps you wi''* Miss (ersi##on08 said Michae')
.riends here see# to &e no &etter at sadness than 2 a#) Mary* can’t you do so#ethingF We want our tea)8 To this day %ane and Michae' cannot &e sure o. their p'ates on to the c'oth* the ta&'e ca#e soaring through the roo#* gave one grace.ore she had ti#e to rep'y there was a 3uick* sharp knock at the door) 7Co#e in08 ca''ed Mr Wigg) The door opened* and there stood Miss (ersi##on with a 5ug o.t hand) There they were* a'' together* up in the air and the ta&'e &etween the#) $ot a sing'e piece o. #e) That’s the idea*8 he said* as Michae' ran &o&&ing through the air and sat down on Mr Wigg’s right) %ane was at his 'e. &read@and@&utter or a 'u#p o.oot o.ied* and .or it*8 he said) 7We #ust think o.u' turn* and 'anded &eside the# so that Mr Wigg was at its head) 7Good gir'08 said Mr Wigg* s#i'ing proud'y upon her) 72 knew you’d . herse'.or every&ody) 7More teaF8 he said to %ane) "ut &e. what happened then) A'' they know .#irth was so in.ectious) Mr Wigg dried his eyes) 7There’s on'y one thing . grown up* with 'ong skirts and a hand&ag) 7There was #y poor o'd Aunt E#i'y*8 thought Mr Wigg out 'oud) 7 he was run over &y an o#ni&us) ad) Hery sad) Cn&eara&'y sad) (oor Aunt E#i'y) "ut they saved her u#&re''a) That was . so#ething serious) o#ething sad* very sad) And then we sha'' &e a&'e to get down) $ow6one* two* three0 o#ething very sad* #ind you08 They thought and thought* with their chins on their hands) Michae' thought o.i! so#ething) $ow* wi'' you take the . hot water on a tray) 72 thought* Mr Wigg*8 she &egan* 'ooking searching'y round the roo#* 7you’d &e wanting so#e #ore hot6We''* 2 never0 2 si#p'y never08 she said* as she caught sight o. the# a'' seated on the air round the ta&'e) 7 uch goings on 2 never did see0 2n a'' #y &orn days 2 never saw such) 2’# sure* Mr Wigg* 2 a'ways knew you were a &it odd) "ut 2’ve c'osed #y eyes to it6&eing as how you paid your rent regu'ar) "ut such &ehaviour as this6having tea in the air with your guests6Mr Wigg* sir* 2’# astonished at you0 2t’s that undigni. the ta&'e and pour out* MaryF And the guests on either side o.or certain is that* as soon as Mr Wigg had appea'ed to Mary (oppins* the ta&'e &e'ow &egan to wrigg'e on its 'egs) (resent'y it was swaying dangerous'y* and then with a ratt'e o. Aunt E#i'y’s u#&re''a) 72t’s no good*8 he said* &'owing his nose) 72 give it up) And #y young .or a gent'e#an o.unny) he cou'd not he'p s#i'ing at the thought o. sugar had &een 'e..ore he knew where he was* he was heaving and tre#&'ing and &ursting with 'aughter at the thought o.t &ehind) Mr Wigg s#i'ed contented'y) 72t is usua'* 2 think* to &egin with &read@and@&utter*8 he said to %ane and Michae'* 7&ut as it’s #y &irthday we wi'' &egin the wrong way6which 2 a'ways think is the right way6with the Cake08 And he cut a 'arge s'ice .unny today and he had to 'augh) %ane thoughtD 72 sha'' &e grown up in another . china and with cakes 'urching o.unny* wasn’t itF8 And &e. schoo'* and that one day he wou'd have to go there) "ut even that see#ed .ourteen years08 "ut that didn’t sound sad at a'' &ut 3uite nice and rather .
EL()8 For Miss (ersi##on* 3uite against her wi''* was o.unny wadd'ing through the air 6 #y Gracious goodness* &ut didn’t sheF8 And he and %ane and Michae' were o.irst sad thought o. the a..or &reath* with her hand over her heart) 7Oh* #y Gracious* G'orious* Ga'u#phing Goodness08 roared Mr Wigg* da&&ing his eyes with his coat@ tai' &ecause he cou'dn’t .OME)8 Mary (oppins’ voice sounded a&ove the roars o.or #yse'. a &at) 2’'' stay on #y own .) 72T 2 T2ME TO GO .ind his handkerchie.'oor with a huge &u#p* a'' together) The thought that they wou'd have to go ho#e was the .eet* thank you* or #y na#e’s not A#y (ersi##on* and6oh dear* oh dear* #y goodness* oh DEA46what is the #atterF 2 can’t wa'k* 2’# going* 26oh* he'p* . hot water) 7Thank you*8 said Mary (oppins in a ca'#* very po'ite voice) Then Miss (ersi##on turned and went wa.@a#used* ha'.eet08 whispered %ane to Michae') "ut Mr Wigg was 'ooking at Mary (oppins6a curious 'ook* ha'. the ground and was stu#&'ing through the air* ro''ing .'oor she ran hurried'y out o.er na#e can’t &e A#y (ersi##on* &ecause she didn’t stay on her own .'ung &ack her head scorn.u''y) 72 hope* young #an*8 she retorted* 72 have #ore respect . than to go &ouncing a&out in the air 'ike a ru&&er &a'' on the end o.@accusing) 7Mary* Mary* you shou'dn’t 6 &'ess #y sou'* you shou'dn’t* Mary) The poor o'd &ody wi'' never get over it) "ut* oh* #y goodness* didn’t she 'ook . how . again* ro''ing a&out the air* c'utching their sides and gasping with 'aughter at the thought o.ternoon* and the #o#ent it was in their #inds the Laughing Gas went out o.unny Miss (ersi##on had 'ooked) 7Oh dear08 said Michae')7Don’t #ake #e 'augh any #ore) 2 can’t stand it) 2 sha'' &reak08 7Oh* oh* oh08 cried %ane* as she gasped .ied08 they heard her #oaning as she shut the door &ehind her) 7. the roo#* wringing her hands* and not giving a sing'e g'ance &ackwards) 7 o undigni..ternoon so #uch 6did youF8 7$ever*8 said Michae' sad'y* .ee'ing how du'' it was to &e down on the earth again with no Laughing Gas inside hi#)
.ro# side to side 'ike a very thin &arre'* &a'ancing the tray in her hand) he was a'#ost weeping with distress as she arrived at the ta&'e and put down her 5ug o.ting down again* #ur#uring as she wentD 7 o undigni.7Wi'' whatF8 said Miss (ersi##on haughti'y) 7Catch the Laughing Gas* as we did*8 said Michae') Miss (ersi##on . the#) %ane and Michae' sighed as they watched Mary (oppins co#e s'ow'y down the air* carrying %ane’s coat and hat) Mr Wigg sighed* too) A great* 'ong* heavy sigh) 7We''* isn’t that a pityF8 he said so&er'y) 72t’s very sad that you’ve got to go ho#e) 2 never en5oyed an a.ied 6and #e a we''@&ehaved* steady@going wo#an) 2 #ust see a doctor6 8 When she touched the . 'aughter 'ike a tru#pet) And sudden'y* with a rush* %ane and Michae' and Mr Wigg ca#e down) They 'anded on the .
Laughing Gas* and does he o.or they had 'earnt that it was &etter not to argue with Mary (oppins* no #atter how odd anything see#ed) "ut the 'ook that passed &etween the# saidD 72s it true or isn’t itF A&out Mr Wigg) 2s Mary (oppins right or are weF8 "ut there was no&ody to give the# the right answer) The "us roared on* wi'd'y 'urching and &ounding) Mary (oppins sat &etween the#* o.) 7"ut he did08 said Michae') 7We saw hi#)8 7What* ro'' and &o&F .ended and si'ent* and present'y* &ecause they were very tired* they crept c'oser to her and 'eant up against her sides and .u'' o.e'' as'eep* sti'' wonderingK
.ternoon) (resent'y Michae' said s'eepi'y to Mary (oppinsD 7.ten go ro''ing and &o&&ing a&out on the cei'ing when68 74o''ing and &o&&ing0 What an idea0 4o''ing and &o&&ing on the cei'ing0 Bou’'' &e te''ing #e ne!t he’s a &a''oon08 Mary (oppins gave an o. Mary (oppins going ho#e in the "us) They were &oth very 3uiet* thinking over the 'ove'y a.ow dare you0 2’'' have you know that #y Cnc'e is a so&er* honest* hard@working #an* and you’'' &e kind enough to speak o..end her) 7We'' 6 a'' &ouncy and &oundy and 'aughing and going up in the air)8 7Cp in the airF8 Mary (oppins’ voice was high and angry) 7What do you #ean* pray* up in the airF8 %ane tried to e!p'ain) 7Michae' #eans 6 is your Cnc'e o...ow o.ended sni. hi# respect.7$ever* never*8 said %ane* as she stood on tiptoe and kissed Mr Wigg’s withered@app'e cheeks) 7$ever* never* never* neverK08 They sat on either side o.ten does your Cnc'e get 'ike thatF8 7Like whatF8 said Mary (oppins sharp'y* as though Michae' had de'i&erate'y said so#ething to o.ten .u''y) And don’t &ite your "us ticket0 4o'' and &o&* indeed6the idea08 Michae' and %ane 'ooked across Mary (oppins at each other) They said nothing* ..
ter that* however* and when he ca#e he pu''ed his hat .Chapter . you didn’t know* you wou'd think that Andrew #ust &e a 'itt'e &oy) 2ndeed* %ane thought that Miss Lark thought that Andrew was a 'itt'e &oy) "ut Andrew wasn’t) .or Miss Lark’s .ternoon08 /or* o.ter 'uncheon1* 7and how are we todayF8 And %ane and Michae' were never 3uite sure whether Miss Lark was asking how they were* or how she and Andrew were) o they 5ust rep'iedD 7Good a.ore 'uncheon1) A'' day 'ong* no #atter where the chi'dren were* they cou'd hear Miss Lark ca''ing* in a very 'oud voice* things 'ikeD 7Andrew* where are youF8 or 7AndrewG you #ustn’t go out without your overcoat08 or 7Andrew* co#e to Mother08 And* i. in the .or the "utcher and the "aker and the Mi'k#an) Once the "aker #ade a #istake and ca#e in through the gate reserved .'at ro''s with the cur'y twists o.ternoon08 i.e was a dog6one o. course* 7Good #orning08 i.ar down over his eyes so that Miss Lark #ight think he was so#e&ody e'se) "ut she never did) %ane and Michae' a'ways knew when Miss Lark was in the garden or co#ing a'ong the Lane* &ecause she wore so #any &rooches and neck'aces and earrings that she 5ing'ed and 5ang'ed 5ust 'ike a &rass &and) And whenever she #et the#* she a'ways said the sa#e thingD 7Good #orning08 /or 7Good a.riends and re'ations* and the other .orgive the "aker &ecause he was the on'y one in the neigh&ourhood who #ade those 'itt'e .ar the grandest in Cherry Tree Lane) Even Ad#ira' "oo# had &een known to envy Miss Lark her wonder.. crust on the top) he never rea''y 'iked hi# very #uch a.ront garden) Over and over again the inha&itants o. the Lane heard hi# say as he ro''ed past Miss Lark’s #ansionD 7"'ast #y giJJard0 What does she want with a house 'ike thatF8 And the reason o.our Miss Lar-.ore we go any .riends and re'ations* and Miss Lark was so angry that she said she wou'dn’t have any #ore &read ever) "ut in the end she had to . it happened to &e a. Ad#ira' "oo#’s 5ea'ousy was that Miss Lark had two gates) One was .or the .'agsta.urther 2 #ust te'' you what $e!t Door 'ooked 'ike) 2t was a very grand house* &y . chi#neys and a .s Andrew
Miss Lark 'ived $e!t Door) "ut &e.unne's instead o. those s#a''*
.u' house* though his own had ship’s . it was &e.
e s'ept on a si'k pi''ow in Miss Lark’s roo#G he went &y car to the .e never passed his pedigree /which hung on the wa'' in Miss Lark’s drawing roo#1 without a shudder o.ur neck'et ever #ade a noise 'ike that) $ow* Andrew 'ed such a 'u!urious 'i.u' street ara&s08 And o.ee'ing .ro# those dread. the usua' &reast o. s#a'' 'eather &oots so that he cou'd go out in the (ark wet or .e that you #ight have thought he was the hah o.or his .ro# $e!t Door) 7(ooh* he’s a ninkypoop08 7.ow do you knowF8 asked %ane* very interested) 72 know &ecause 2 heard Daddy ca'' hi# one this #orning08 said Michae'* and he 'aughed at Andrew very rude'y) 7. course Andrew wou'd have to co#e in* or Miss Lark wou'd sha#e hi# &y co#ing out and &ringing hi# in) And Andrew wou'd &'ush and hurry up the steps so that his .'u.uss o. she did kiss hi# rather too o.si'ky* .airdresser’s* with the .e was even .ortune* i.erent co'ours) Andrew’s ordinary days were . chicken or scra#&'ed eggs with asparagus) For in his secret* inner#ost heart* Andrew 'onged to &e a co##on dog) .y dogs that 'ook 'ike a . (ersia in disguise) . his .ront gates to watch hi# go &y and to s#i'e secret'y &ehind their hands) 7(ooh08 said Michae'* as they were watching Andrew one day through the ..act* the ta'k o.e is not a ninco#poop*8 said Mary (oppins) 7And that is that)8 And Mary (oppins was right) Andrew wasn’t a ninco#poop* as you wi'' very soon see) Bou #ust not think he did not respect Miss Lark) . an Aireda'e and ha'.ect o. his to &e a co##on dog that #ade Andrew choose co##on dogs . Miss Lark was going to #ake such a .i''ed with the kind o.ond o. a'' this was to #ake Andrew very #uch dis'iked in the neigh&ourhood) (eop'e used to 'augh hearti'y when they saw Andrew sitting up in the &ack seat o.or the#* so that he cou'd e!change a .ine* every&ody in the Lane ca#e down to their . her in a #i'd sort o.e cou'dn’t he'p having a kind'y .airdresser’s twice a week to &e sha#pooedG he had crea# . things #ost peop'e have on'y on &irthdays) And when Andrew hi#se'.e was* in . had a &irthday he had two cand'es on his cake .or every #ea' and so#eti#es oysters* and he possessed .ur rug over his knees and his &est coat on) And on the day when Miss Lark &ought hi# two pairs o..ight in the road he wou'd &e sure to &e in the thick o.ront gate and sit there watching . itG he was a'ways getting into trou&'e with the (ost#an or the (o'ice#an* and there was nothing he 'oved &etter than sni. Miss Lark’s car on the way to the . he had one* . course* when they do that you know that they’re dogs) $o .or so#e&ody who had &een so good to hi# ever since he was a puppy* even i.ather* nor a great@grand. o..or a nice piece o. &oth) Whenever there was a .riends shou'd not hear her ca''ing hi# her (recious* her %oy* her Litt'e Lu#p o. it) 2t was this desire o. the who'e street* and #ore than one person had &een heard to say thank. ugar) Andrew’s #ost specia' . way) . a 4etriever and the worst ha'. on'y one) The e.our overcoats with checks and stripes in di.ten) "ut there was no dou&t a&out it that the 'i.e did) ..riend was #ore than co##on* he was a "yword) .ew co##on re#arks) "ut Miss Lark* when she discovered hi#* wou'd &e sure to ca'' outD 7Andrew* Andrew* co#e in* #y dar'ing0 Co#e away .ing a&out in drains or gar&age tins) .or every year* instead o.ather* i.ur neck'et* unti' they &egin to &ark) "ut* o.e Andrew 'ed &ored hi# to distraction) .ence that separated $u#&er eventeen .riends) And whenever he got the chance* he wou'd run down to the .u''y that they were g'ad he was not their dog)
.e was ha'.e wou'd have given ha'. sha#e) And #any a ti#e he wished he’d never had a .ather* nor a grand. raw* red #eat* instead o.
'ight* shou'd upset it and the Twins) And %ane and Michae' screa#ed at hi# as he passed) 7.e cou'dn’t have &een08 said %ane) 7We''* you know &est* o. you ta'k 'ike that) Mary (oppins* do say what Andrew was saying to you* p'ease08
.* waving his hind3uarters as he went 5ust to show that he didn’t care) Andrew* o.e wasn’t08 said Michae') 7..or a wa'k in the (ark* or with one o. day08 said Mary (oppins* and shut her #outh tight'y as though she did not intend any #ore words to escape .ro# a window* and the other dog wou'd get up* 'o'' out his tongue at Miss Lark* wink at Andrew and wander o. the #aids to have his toes #anicured) 2#agine* then* the surprise o. %ane and Michae' when they saw Andrew* a'' a'one* careering past the# through the (ark* with his ears &ack and his tai' up as though he were on the track o..'ung &ack his head and set o.ro# their pera#&u'ator) 7.i* Andrew0 Where’s your overcoatF8 cried Michae'* trying to #ake a high* windy voice 'ike Miss Lark’s) 7Andrew* you naughty 'itt'e &oy0L said %ane* and her voice* &ecause she was a gir'* was #uch #ore 'ike Miss Lark’s) "ut Andrew 5ust 'ooked at the# &oth very haughti'y and &arked sharp'y in the direction o. Mary (oppins) 7Bay@yap08 said Andrew severa' ti#es very 3uick'y) 7Let #e see) 2 think it’s the . course) As usua'*8 said Mary (oppins haughti'y) 7..riend* Andrew heard a'' the town gossip* and you cou'd see &y the rude way in which the other dog 'aughed as he to'd it* that it wasn’t very co#p'i#entary) Then sudden'y* Miss Lark’s voice wou'd &e heard ca''ing . again at a ga''op) %ane’s eyes and Michae'’s were round as saucers with surprise) 7What was he sayingF8 they de#anded &reath'ess'y* &oth together) 7%ust passing the ti#e o. you know* why &other to ask #eF8 said Mary (oppins sni. a tiger) Mary (oppins pu''ed the pera#&u'ator up with a 5erk* in case Andrew* in his wi'd .e #ust have &een asking you where so#e&ody 'ived* 2’# sure he #ust68 Michae' &egan) 7We''* i. in the (ark* &ut on 'uckier occasions 6 though these were very rare 6 they wou'd have 'ong ta'ks at the gate) Fro# his .t@hand side*8 said Mary (oppins) 7BapF8 said Andrew) 7$o6no garden) On'y a &ack yard) Gate’s usua''y open)8 Andrew &arked again) 72’# not sure*8 said Mary (oppins) 7"ut 2 shou'd think so) Genera''y goes ho#e at tea ti#e)8 Andrew .irst on your right and second house on the 'e. course* was never a''owed outside the gate un'ess he went with Miss Lark .ing) 72’# no dictionary)8 7Oh* Michae'*8 said %ane* 7she’'' never te'' us i..or hi#) o#eti#es they had on'y ti#e to e!change a sni."ut Andrew 'oved hi# and was continua''y on the watch .ro# it) %ohn and "ar&ara gurg'ed .
&oth) 7Oh* what a re'ie.ence* 4o&ertson Ay* resting . an Aireda'e and ha'.ore tea ti#e) %ust as they were a&out to cross the road to their own house* they heard 'oud cries co#ing . AndrewD .ro# his 'a&ours* propped hi#se'.t 'eg and yawned) 7Go away0 Go ho#e0 hoo* 2 say08 said Miss Lark* waving her ar#s angri'y at the dog) 7And you* Andrew*8 she went on* 7co#e indoors this #inute0 Going out 'ike that6a'' a'one and without your overcoat) 2 a# very disp'eased with you08
. $u#&er eventeen* he 'ooked down the Lane and there he saw6 7Why* there’s Andrew* Miss Lark) ee* down there 6 5ust turning Ad#ira' "oo#’s corner08 7Where* whereF how #e08 said Miss Lark &reath'ess'y* and she peered in the direction in which Michae' was pointing) And there* sure enough* was Andrew* wa'king as s'ow'y and as casua''y as though nothing in the wor'd was the #atterG and &eside hi# wa'tJed a huge dog that see#ed to &e ha'. was running a&out in her garden* waving her ar#s and ca''ingD 7Andrew* Andrew0 Oh* he’s 'ost) My dar'ing &oy is 'ost0 We #ust send .08 said Miss Lark* sighing 'oud'y) 7What a 'oad o. up with his &roo#@hand'e* and a'' o. #y #ind08 Mary (oppins and the chi'dren waited in the Lane outside Miss Lark’s gate) Miss Lark herse'.a'.ro# $e!t Door* and there they saw a curious sight) Miss Lark’s two #aids were rushing wi'd'y a&out the garden* 'ooking under &ushes and up into the trees as peop'e do who have 'ost their #ost va'ua&'e possession) And there was 4o&ertson Ay* .e knows 6 Mr Enow@A''08 said Mary (oppins* nodding her head scorn.ro# $u#&er eventeen* &usi'y wasting his ti#e &y poking at the grave' on Miss Lark’s path with a &roo# as though he e!pected to .. past three) Tea ti#e*8 said Mary (oppins* and she whee'ed the pera#&u'ator round and shut her #outh tight again as though it were a trap door) he did not say another word a'' the way ho#e) %ane dropped &ehind with Michae') 72t’s your . the# watched in si'ence the return o.u''y at Michae') 7Oh no* 2 don’t) 2 pro#ise 2 don’t* Mary (oppins) Do te'')8 7. and her two #aids 'eant over the .riend #arched sedate'y up to the group* whisking their tai's 5aunti'y and keeping their ears we'' cocked* and you cou'd te'' &y the 'ook in Andrew’s eye that* whatever he #eant* he #eant &usiness) 7That dread.orted Miss Lark) %ust as he was going in at the gate o.ee'ing sorry &ecause Miss Lark 'ooked so upset) "ut it was Michae' who rea''y co#. a 4etriever* and the worst ha'.ind the #issing treasure under a pe&&'e) Miss Lark herse'.e and his .au't08 she said) 7$ow we’'' never know)8 72 don’t care08 said Michae'* and he &egan to push his scooter very 3uick'y) 72 don’t want to know)8 "ut he did want to know very &ad'y indeed) And as it turned out* he and %ane and every&ody e'se knew a'' a&out it &e.u' dog08 said Miss Lark* 'ooking at Andrew’s co#panion) 7 hoo0 hoo0 Go ho#e08 she cried) "ut the dog 5ust sat down on the pave#ent and scratched his right ear with his 'e.7Ask hi#) .or the (o'ice) 2 #ust see the (ri#e Minister) Andrew is 'ost0 Oh dear0 Oh dear08 7Oh* poor Miss Lark08 said %ane* hurrying across the road) he cou'd not he'p . o.
is .ow do you know what #y dog says* #ay 2 askF O.our ti#es) 7.ter a'' 2’ve done . course he wi'' co#e in)8 Andrew* however* #ere'y shook his head and gave one or two 'ow grow's) 7.or you and everything08 Miss Lark was near'y weeping) Andrew &arked and turned away) The other dog got up) 7Oh* he does #ean it08 cried Miss Lark) 72 see he does) . and nonsense*8 said Miss Lark cross'y) 7That can’t &e what he says) As i. co'd6don’t
.e is going away)8 he so&&ed a #o#ent into her handkerchie.riend #ust have a si'k cushion 5ust 'ike his and s'eep in your roo# too) Otherwise he wi'' go and s'eep in the coa'@ce''ar with his .e says he #eans it*8 said Mary (oppins) 7And what’s #ore* he’'' go and 'ive with his . you* Andrew) "ut 2’'' say no #ore* no #atter what 2 think) And this 6er6creature62 sha'' have to ca'' Wai.* then she &'ew her nose and saidD 7Hery we''* then* Andrew 2 give in) This 6 this co##on dog can stay) On condition* o.e says*8 put in Mary (oppins* 7that he’s not co#ing in)8 Miss Lark turned and regarded her haughti'y) 7.e says that i. or tray or6 8 At that the other dog 'ooked at Miss Lark very indignant'y* and Andrew &arked 'oud'y) 7They say you #ust ca'' hi# Wi''ough&y and nothing e'se*8 said Mary (oppins) 7Wi''ough&y &eing his na#e)8 7Wi''ough&y0 What a na#e0 Worse and worse08 said Miss Lark despairing'y) 7What is he saying nowF8 For Andrew6was &arking again) 7.riend*8 said Mary (oppins) 7Andrew* how cou'd youF8 #oaned Miss Lark) 72 sha'' never consent to such a thing)8 Andrew 'ooked as though he were preparing to depart) o did the other dog) 7Oh* he’s 'eaving #e08 shrieked Miss Lark) 7Hery we''* then* Andrew) 2t wi'' &e as you wish) .e won’t*8 said Mary (oppins) 7$ot un'ess his . course* that he s'eeps in the coa'@ce''ar)8 7. 2 cou'd have a great hu'king #ongre' 'ike that inside #y gate)8 Andrew yapped three or . you catch your death o..e sha'' s'eep in #y roo#) "ut 2 sha'' never &e the sa#e again* never* never) uch a co##on dog08 he wiped her strea#ing eyes and went onD 72 shou'd never have thought it o.riend co#es* too)8 7 tu.riend un'ess his .riend is a''owed to co#e and 'ive with hi#)8 7Oh* Andrew* you can’t 6 you can’t* rea''y 6 a. he co#es &ack you are never to #ake hi# wear overcoats or go to the .airdresser’s again6that’s his 'ast word*8 said Mary (oppins) There was a pause) 7Hery we''*8 said Miss Lark at 'ast) 7"ut 2 warn you* Andrew* i.Andrew &arked 'aJi'y* &ut did not #ove) 7What do you #ean* AndrewF Co#e in at once08 said Miss Lark) Andrew &arked again) 7.e insists* #a’a#* that that won’t do) .
to sayD 7Co#e on08 and the other two o.ing away the 'ast o.&'a#e #e08 And with that she turned and wa'ked haughti'y up the steps* sni.o''owed Miss Lark into the house) 7. inside #y head*8 said %ane) 7CannonsF8 7$o* pop@guns)8 7Oh*8 said Michae') And he a'#ost wished he cou'd have earache* too) 2t sounded so e!citing) 7 ha'' 2 te'' you a story out o.)
. her tears) Andrew cocked his head towards Wi''ough&y as i..ive The )an/in* Cow
%ane* with her head tied up in Mary (oppins’ &andanna handkerchie.e isn’t a ninkypoop a. thatK8
Chapter ..* was in &ed with earache) 7What does it . the &ooksF8 said Michae'* going to the &ookshe'.ter a''* you see*8 said %ane* as they went upstairs to the nursery and Tea) 7$o*8 agreed Michae') 7"ut how do you think Mary (oppins knewF8 72 don’t know*8 said %ane) 7And she’'' never* never te'' us) 2 a# sure o. one o. the# wa'tJed side &y side s'ow'y up the garden path* waving their tai's 'ike &anners* and .ee' 'ikeF8 Michae' wanted to know) 7Like guns going o.
his gate and is hurrying down the Lane) . a townF .7$o) 2 5ust cou'dn’t &ear it*8 said %ane* ho'ding her ear with her hand) 7We''* sha'' 2 sit at the window and te'' you what is happening outsideF8 7Bes* do*8 said %ane) o Michae' sat a'' the a.ence) .e is sitting down now* having a rest)8 7.unny0 Mary (oppins*8 said %ane* 7there’s a cow in the Lane* Michae' says)8 7Bes* and it’s wa'king very s'ow'y* putting its head over every gate and 'ooking round as though it had 'ost so#ething)8 72 wish 2 cou'd see it*8 said %ane #ourn.is nose is redder than ever and he’s wearing a top hat) $ow he is passing $e!t Door 68 72s he saying L"'ast #y giJJard0’F8 en3uired %ane) 72 can’t hear) 2 e!pect so) There’s Miss Lark’s second house#aid in Miss Lark’s garden) And 4o&ertson Ay is in our garden* sweeping up the 'eaves and 'ooking at her over the .riend o.ave you known her 'ongF8 en3uired Michae' gent'y* hoping that i.u''y) 7Look08 said Michae'* pointing downwards as Mary (oppins ca#e to the window) 7A cow) 2sn’t that . 4o&ertson Ay does what his doctor to'd hi# to he’'' sack hi#) Oh* how it &angs and &angs08 said %ane* c'utching her ear again) 7.unnyF8 Mary (oppins gave a 3uick* sharp g'ance down into the Lane) he started with surprise) 7Certain'y not*8 she said* turning to %ane and Michae') 72t’s not .ro# the windowD 7What is itF8 cried %ane* sitting up) 7Do te'' #e)8 7A very e!traordinary thing) There’s a cow down in the Lane*8 said Michae'* 5u#ping up and down on the window seat) 7A cowF A rea' cow 6 right in the #idd'e o.ere he co#es) .ow do you knowF8 7.unny at a'') 2 know that cow) he was a great .ow .e said his doctor said he was to do as 'itt'e as possi&'e) And 2 heard Daddy say i.i!ed upon so#ething that they cou'd not see) %ane and Michae' he'd their &reath* waiting) 72t was 'ong ago*8 said Mary (oppins* in a &rooding storyte''ing voice) he paused* as though she were
.e has a weak heart*8 said %ane) 7.ternoon on the window seat te''ing her everything that occurred in the Lane) And so#eti#es his accounts were very du'' and so#eti#es very e!citing) 7There’s Ad#ira' "oo#08 he said once) 7.ore she saw the Eing*8 said Mary (oppins) 7And when was thatF8 asked %ane* in a so. he was particu'ar'y po'ite he wou'd hear so#ething #ore a&out the cow) 7 ince &e.u''oh08 said Michae' e!cited'y .e to'd #e) .e has co#e out o.t encouraging voice) Mary (oppins stared into space* her eyes . #y Mother’s and 2’'' thank you to speak po'ite'y to her)8 he s#oothed her apron and 'ooked at the# &oth very severe'y) 7.
terwards to'd #y Mother* was sta'king her) 2t ca#e upon her one night when the stars the#se'ves 'ooked 'ike dande'ions in the sky and the #oon a great daisy a#ong the stars) On this night* 'ong a. grass .e) . one so'dier* another grew up in its p'ace* with a green #i'itary coat and a ye''ow &us&y) he had 'ived there a'ways 6 she o.) At 'ast* however* she grew tired and decided that she had danced enough and that she wou'd go to s'eep) "ut* to her great surprise* she .ow very pecu'iar08 "ut she cou'dn’t stop) 2n the #orning she was sti'' dancing and the 4ed Ca'.ie'd in the who'e district 6 a 'arge one . course* carrying her with the#) 4ound and round the .ound that she cou'd not stop dancing) When she went to 'ie down &eside the 4ed Ca'.ter the 4ed Ca'.or nothing &etter than .re#e#&ering events that happened hundreds o. years &e. was as'eep* the 4ed Cow stood up sudden'y and &egan to dance) he danced wi'd'y and &eauti.* her 'egs wou'd not 'et her) They went on capering and prancing and* o.u''y and in per.or a'' her days to &e a'ike ti'' she ca#e to the end o. what 'ay &eyond these) The 4ed Cow was very respecta&'e* she a'ways &ehaved 'ike a per.ten to'd #y Mother that she cou'dn’t re#e#&er the ti#e when she hadn’t 'ived in that . had to take its &reak. &ecause the 4ed Cow cou'd not re#ain sti'' enough to eat) A'' through the day she danced* up and down the #eadow and round and round the #eadow* with the
.ect 'ady and she knew What was What) To her a thing was either &'ack or white6there was nothing in &etween) Dande'ions were either sweet or sour6there were never any #oderate'y nice ones) he 'ed a very &usy 'i. the roo#* &ut without seeing anything) The 4ed Cow 6 that’s the na#e she went &y) And very i#portant and prosperous she was* too /so #y Mother said1) he 'ived in the &est .ie'd) .ie'd she went* 'eaping and wa'tJing and stepping on tiptoe) 7Dear #e08 she #ur#ured at interva's with a 'ady'ike accent) 7. the#) "ut at the very #o#ent she was thinking these thoughts* adventure* as she a. saucers and dande'ions standing up in it 'ike so'diers) Every ti#e she ate the head o. shou'd know) Then they had their supper* and the 4ed Cow showed the 4ed Ca'.u'' o.ect ti#e* though she had no #usic to go &y) o#eti#es it was a po'ka* so#eti#es a . the .e wou'd a'ways &e the sa#e as it had a'ways &een6indeed* she .e't that she cou'd ask . how to se'ect a good &'ade o.ro# a &ad oneG and when her chi'd had gone to s'eep at night she wou'd go into a corner o.ast o.ore that ti#e) Then she went on drea#i'y* sti'' gaJing into the #idd'e o.* as she &egan on a ai'or’s . &uttercups the siJe o.er #ornings were taken up in giving 'essons to the 4ed Ca'.igh'and F'ing and so#eti#es a specia' dance that she #ade up out o.er wor'd was &ounded &y green hedges and the sky and she knew nothing o.* her daughter* and in the a. her own head) And in &etween these dances she wou'd curtsey and #ake sweeping &ows and knock her head against the dande'ions) 7Dear #e08 said the 4ed Cow to herse'.ternoon she taught the 'itt'e one deport#ent and #ooing and a'' the things a rea''y we'' &rought up ca'.ornpipe) 7What an e!traordinary thing0 2 a'ways thought dancing i#proper* &ut it can’t &e since 2 #yse'. a# dancing) For 2 a# a #ode' cow)8 And she went on dancing* and thorough'y en5oying herse'. dande'ions a'' &y itse'.ie'd and chew the cud and think her own 3uiet thoughts) A'' her days were e!act'y the sa#e) One 4ed Ca'. grew up and went away and another ca#e in its p'ace) And it was natura' that the 4ed Cow shou'd i#agine that her 'i..
steps that 'ed to the Eing’s throne) Cpon this the Eing was sitting* &usi'y #aking a new set o.’#) $ot &ad . dancing she was near'y distracted) 72 #ust go and see the Eing a&out it*8 she decided* shaking her head) o she kissed her 4ed Ca'.oot o.urious'y) 8 top at once0 2* the Eing* co##and you08 7 top at once0 The Eing co##ands you08 cried a'' the Courtiers) The 4ed Cow #ade a great e.) 7That’s enough . #ooing piteous'y &ehind her) When the second night ca#e* and she was sti'' at it and sti'' cou'd not stop* she grew very worried) And at the end o.e sat down again and took up his sceptre) 7What have we here* hoF8 he de#anded* as the 4ed Cow danced to the . and to'd it to &e good) Then she turned and danced out o. Laws) .’#6very curious*8 said the Eing* pushing the crown on one side and scratching his head) 7Hery curious*8 said the Courtiers* scratching their heads* too)
. the #eadow and went to te'' the Eing) he danced a'' the way* snatching 'itt'e sprays o. green .is ecretary was writing the# down in a 'itt'e red note&ook* one a.ow #any have 2 #ade todayF8 asked the Eing* turning to the ecretary) The ecretary counted the Laws he had written down in the red note&ook) 7 eventy@two* your Ma5esty*8 he said* &owing 'ow and taking care not to trip over his 3ui'' pen* which was a very 'arge one) 7.oot o.ter another* as the Eing thought o. the#) There were Courtiers and Ladies@in@Waiting everywhere* a'' very gorgeous'y dressed and a'' ta'king at once) 7.or today)8 .ort) he tried so hard to stop dancing that every #usc'e and every ri& stood out 'ike #ountain ranges a'' over her) "ut it was no good) he 5ust went on dancing at the .4ed Ca'.or seven days running) And 2’ve had no s'eep) And very 'itt'e to eat) A whitethorn spray or two 6 that’s a'') o 2’ve co#e to ask your advice)8 7. the# were #ore astonished than the 4ed Cow herse'.u''y) 7Order #y coach) 2 #ust go to the "ar&er’s*8 he said #agni.icent'y) 2t was then that he noticed the 4ed Cow approaching) . a week o..or #e 'onger than that and 2 #ust have #y hair cut) And .or an hour’s work*8 said the Eing* 'ooking very p'eased with hi#se'.or goodness’ sake stop 5igging and 5agging a&out 'ike that08 he added irrita&'y) 72t #akes #e 3uite giddy)8 7Iuite giddy08 echoed a'' the Courtiers* staring) 7That’s 5ust #y trou&'e* your Ma5esty) 2 can’t stop08 said the 4ed Cow piteous'y) 7Can’t stopF8 $onsense08 said the Eing .'ight o.) At 'ast she ca#e to the (a'ace where the Eing 'ived) he pu''ed the &e''@rope with her #outh* and when the gate opened she danced through it and up the &road garden path ti'' she ca#e to the .ro# the hedges as she went* and every eye that saw her stared with astonish#ent) "ut none o.e stood up and arranged his er#ine c'oak very taste. the Eing’s steps) 72 have tried* your Ma5esty) And 2 can’t) 2’ve &een dancing now .e won’t wait . the steps) 7A Cow* your Ma5esty08 she answered si#p'y) 72 can see that*8 said the Eing)72 sti'' have #y eyesight) "ut what do you wantF "e 3uick* &ecause 2 have an appoint#ent with the "ar&er at ten) .ood .
e'' &ack* one on top o.. the Courtiers* unti' at 'ast there was a 'ong chain o. the Cow Who %u#ped Over the Moon* and you know a'' a&out that)8 The Eing ru&&ed his chin* &ecause that he'ped hi# to think) .ee'ing* too) As i. choosing her words* 7it’s rather a p'easant .ore) And what idiots you were08 . 'aughter were running up and down inside #e)8 7E!traordinary*8 said the Eing* and he put his chin on his hand and stared at the 4ed Cow* pondering on what was the &est thing to do) udden'y he sprang to his .irst ti#e) And as they 'ooked it see#ed to the# that the star grew &righter) 7That’s what’s wrong08 said the Eing) 7$ow* you Courtiers had &etter pu'' it o.e turned .ter another o.ir#'y .ast) 2t’s the star* #ada#* that is #aking you dance*8 he said to the 4ed Cow) 7$ow* co#e a'ong* you08 And he #otioned to the Chie.or the .eet and saidD 7Good gracious08 7What is itF8 cried a'' the Courtiers) 7Why* don’t you seeF8 said the Eing* getting very e!cited and dropping his sceptre) 7What an idiot 2 was not to have noticed it &e. Courtier was 5oined &y one a. s#art'y &e.@war &egan &etween the Courtiers and the star) 7Mind #y head08 entreated the 4ed Cow) 7(u'' harder08 roared the Eing) They pu''ed harder) They pu''ed unti' their .e was an!ious to get to the "ar&er’s)
. so that this 6 er 6 'ady can stop dancing and have so#e &reak.urious'y upon the Courtiers) 7Don’t you see that there’s a .i!ed to the horn) 7Teh* tch* tch08 said the Eing) 7 ecretary* 'ook in the Encyc'opaedia and see what it says a&out cows with stars on their horns)8 The ecretary kne't down and &egan to craw' under the throne) (resent'y he e#erged* carrying a 'arge green &ook which was a'ways kept there in case the Eing wanted to know anything) . the other) The star did not #ove) 2t re#ained .e turned the pages) 7There’s nothing at a''* your Ma5esty* e!cept the story o. Courtier* who presented hi#se'.ect) Worth trying* anyway)8 7MeF8 said the 4ed Cow* with an outraged stare) 7Bes* you6who e'seF8 said the Eing i#patient'y) .a''en star caught on her hornF8 7 o there is08 cried the Courtiers* as they a'' sudden'y noticed the star .ore the 4ed Cow and &egan to tug at the star) 2t wou'd not co#e o.7What does it .aces were red as rasp&erries) They pu''ed ti'' they cou'd pu'' no 'onger and a'' .ee' 'ikeF8 asked the Eing) 7Funny*8 said the 4ed Cow) 7And yet*8 she paused* as i.e sighed irrita&'y and 'ooked at the 4ed CowD 7A'' 2 can say*8 he said* 7is that you’d &etter try that too)8 7Try whatF8 said the 4ed Cow) 7%u#ping over the #oon) 2t #ight have an e.ront o.) The Chie. the#* each ho'ding the #an in .. hi# &y the waist* and a tug@o..
er .ro# his waistcoat pocket and &'ew into it 'ight'y to #ake sure there was no dust in it) The 4ed Cow danced at attention) 7$ow6one08 said the Eing) 7Two08 7Three08 Then he &'ew the whist'e) The 4ed Cow* drawing in her &reath* gave one huge* tre#endous 5u#p and the earth .ie'd) And she had stopped dancing0 . stone and she wa'ked as sedate'y as any other respecta&'e cow) Iuiet'y and serene'y she #oved across the .or everF8 The 4ed Cow thought o.or everF Do you want to go s'eep'ess . the Eing and the Courtiers growing s#a''er and s#a''er unti' they disappeared &e'ow) he herse'.e't the star s'ip down her horn) With a great rush it .e took a 'arge go'den whist'e .or #y advice and 2 have given it to you) Do you want to go on dancing .) 72’# so g'ad you’re &ack08 said the 4ed Ca'.ro# it and echoed through the air) 2n another #inute the 4ed Cow had 'anded on the earth again) To her great surprise she . #usic ca#e .or the "ar&er* a. the 'ush sweet taste o.o''owed hi#) 7$ow*8 said the Eing* when he reached the open 'awn* 7when 2 &'ow the whist'e 65u#p08 .D 7(erhaps* 5ust .or everF Do you want to go hungry .igures o..e't the co'd rays o.u''y to the throne) 7Good*8 said the Eing p'easant'y* rea'iJing that he wou'd &e in ti#e .ter a'') 7Fo''ow #e08 .ow high do you suppose it isF8 she said a'oud as she danced) The Eing 'ooked up at the Moon) 7At 'east a #i'e* 2 shou'd think*8 said he) The 4ed Cow nodded) he thought so* too) For a #o#ent she considered* and then she #ade up her #ind) 72 never thought that 2 shou'd co#e to this* your Ma5esty) %u#ping 6 and over the #oon at that) "ut 6 2’'' try it*8 she said and curtseyed grace.e'' o. #eadow grass and how so.ie'd* &eheading her go'den so'diers as she went to greet the 4ed Ca'.7 ire*8 said the 4ed Cow* 72 &eg you to re#e#&er that 2 a# a decent respecta&'e ani#a' and have &een taught . the #oon upon her) he shut her eyes as she went over it* and as the daJJ'ing g'ea# passed &ehind her and she &ent her head towards the earth again* she .) 72’ve &een so 'one'y)8
.or a 'ady)8 The Eing stood up and shook his sceptre at her) 7Mada#*8 he said* 7you ca#e here .e'' away &eneath her) he cou'd see the .or once* it wou'dn’t #atter and no&ody6e!cept the Eing6need know)8 7.ancy that 5u#ping was no occupation .ound that she was not in the Eing’s garden &ut in her own dande'ion . and went ro''ing down the sky) And it see#ed to her that as it disappeared into the darkness great chords o. shot upwards through the sky* with the stars spinning around her 'ike great go'den p'ates* and present'y* in &'inding 'ight* she .e 'ed the way into the garden* and the 4ed Cow and the Courtiers . her weary* capering 'egs and how nice it wou'd &e to rest the#) And she said to herse'.eet were as steady as though they were #ade o.ro# #y in. dande'ions) he thought o.t it was to 'ie on) he thought o.
ro# her eyes and the sti''ness .irst good #ea' .eti#e)8 7Then* you think6i.ee'ing the star had given her that she wanted to do a ai'ors .ter that she .a'' in di. Mary (oppins’ returning .ootsteps* he hurried'y pu''ed down the &'indK
.or her star)8 Mary (oppins sat up with a 'itt'e start) The intent 'ook had gone .ied she had eaten up severa' regi#ents) A. 2 #oved a&out a &it6F8 the 4ed Cow &egan* a happy* eager 'ook co#ing into her eyes) 72.ornpipe and to have the star on her horn again) he .u' whisper) 7%ust have one 'ook and see i.e'' out o.re3uent'y &urst into tears .er dande'ion .orta&'e and dissatis. the cow’s sti'' there)8 . curtseying to the #oon unti' the #orning) "ut a..The 4ed Cow kissed it and .or a week) And &y the ti#e her hunger was satis.ter a 'itt'e she &egan to .irst she en5oyed her 3uiet regu'ar ha&its very #uch* and was g'ad to &e a&'e to eat her &reak.erent p'aces* o.e 5ust e!act'y as she had 'ived it &e.ro# her &ody) 7Co#e down .urried'y Michae' peered out through the gathering dusk) 7Iuick'y08 said %ane) 7Mary (oppins wi'' &e &ack in one #inute) Can you see herF8 7$o@o@o*8 said Michae'* staring out) 7$ot a sign o.retted* she 'ost her appetite* her te#per was atrocious) And she .ied) .ee' unco#.e'' to #unching the #eadow) 2t was her .ie'd and her 4ed Ca'.ie'd in one 'i. it were #e*8 said #y Mother* 72’d go and 'ook . the 4ed Cow roa#ing through the wor'd 'ooking .ore) At .e't &etter) he soon &egan to 'ive her 'i.or one)8 72 wi''*8 said the 4ed Cow 5oyous'y) 72 wi'' indeed)8 Mary (oppins paused) 7And that* 2 suppose* is why she was wa'king down Cherry Tree Lane*8 %ane pro#pted gent'y) 7Bes*8 whispered Michae'* 7she was 'ooking . were a'' very we''* &ut she wanted so#ething e'se and she cou'dn’t think what it was) At 'ast she rea'iJed that she was #issing her star) he had grown so used to dancing and to the happy .a'' every night* 2’# to'd) "ut they . course) Bou can’t e!pect two stars to drop in the sa#e .inds it08 said %ane* thinking o.ast without dancing and to 'ie down in the grass and s'eep at night instead o. her) he’s gone)8 72 do hope she .ro# that window at once* sir08 she said cross'y) 72 a# going to turn on the 'ights)8 And she hurried across the 'anding to the e'ectric 'ight switch) 7Michae'08 said %ane in a care.or a star to stick on her horn) 7 o do 2*8 said Michae' as* at the sound o.or no reason at a'') Eventua''y* she went to #y Mother and to'd her the who'e story and asked her advice) 7Good gracious* #y dear08 #y Mother said to her) 7Bou don’t suppose that on'y one star ever . the sky0 "i''ions .
e dressed hi#se'.) .e knew he was going to &e naughty) 72 won’t*8 he said s'ow'y* his voice #u.e took his towe' and went s'ow'y in as she ca#e out) And .terwards that Michae' woke up one #orning with a curious .ee'ing increased) 7What did 2 sayF8 said Mary (oppins in that co'd* c'ear voice that was a'ways a Warning) Michae' knew now what was happening to hi#) .'ed &y the &'anket) Mary (oppins twitched the c'othes ..e Michae' entire'y &athed hi#se'.e waited* wondering what she wou'd do* and was surprised when* without a word* she went into the &athroo# and turned on the tap herse'. then* putting on his &est c'othes* that he knew were on'y .or the .eet6a thing he knew he shou'd not do as it woke up every&ody e'se in the house) On the stairs he #et E''en* the house#aid* and as he passed her he
.) .Chapter Si0 1ad Tuesday
2t was not very 'ong a.ee'ing inside hi#) .ro# hi#) 7Tuesday*8 said Mary (oppins) 7Go and turn on your &ath) .urry08 she said* as he #ade no e.e turned over and pu''ed the &edc'othes up over his head and the curious .ter that he went downstairs* kicking the &anisters with his .ro# his hand and 'ooked down upon hi#) 72 WO$’T)8 .or unday) And a.e knew &y this that he was in disgrace* and he purpose'y neg'ected to wash &ehind his ears) 7 ha'' 2 'et out the waterF8 he en3uired in the rudest voice he had) There was no rep'y) 7(ooh* 2 don’t care08 said Michae'* and the hot heavy weight that was within hi# swe''ed and grew 'arger) 72 don’t care08 .irst ti#e in his 'i.ort to #ove) ..e knew* the #o#ent he opened his eyes* that so#ething was wrong &ut he was not 3uite sure what it was) 7What is today* Mary (oppinsF8 he en3uired* pushing the &edc'othes away .
at*8 he said* and &e.oot and kicked Mrs "ri'' very hard on the shin* so that she dropped the ro''ing@pin and screa#ed a'oud) 7Bou kicked Mrs "ri''F Eind Mrs "ri''F 2’# asha#ed o. grass) .u' things* and as soon as he’d done the# he .ather’s shaving)8 72 #eant to*8 said Michae' ca'#'y) E''en’s red . what wou'd happen to hi# stirred within Michae') "ut* in spite o.ear o.or he had &egun to wonder what he cou'd do ne!t) And it was no ti#e &e. string) Then he ran away with Miss Lark’s angry* outraged voice screa#ing in his ears* and his &ody a'#ost &ursting with the e!citing weight o.ee' the 'east &it sorry) 7That chi'd #ust &e i''*8 said Mrs "anks* when she was to'd &y E''en 6 who sudden'y returned and discovered hi# 6 o. the &est rock p'ants* and 4o&ertson Ay was very angry) 72’'' te'' your (a08 he said threatening'y) 7And 2’'' te'' hi# you haven’t c'eaned the shoes this #orning*8 said Michae'* and was a 'itt'e astonished at hi#se'. his Father’s study stood open 6 . that* he didn’t care 6 he didn’t .e ca''ed so.or E''en had 5ust &een dusting the &ooks) o Michae' did a .u'* and .e went in* sat down at his Father’s desk* and with his Father’s pen &egan to scri&&'e on the &'otter) udden'y his e'&ow* knocking against the inkpot* upset it* and the chair and the desk and the 3ui'' pen and his own &est c'othes were covered with great spreading stains o.or 'ong* .ace went 3uite white with surprise) 7Meant toF Bou #eant6we''* then* you’re a very &ad* heathen &oy* and 2’'' te'' your Ma* so 2 wi''68 7Do*8 said Michae'* and he went on down the stairs) We''* that was the &eginning o..) 2t was his ha&it and %ane’s a'ways to protect 4o&ertson Ay* &ecause they 'oved hi# and didn’t want to 'ose hi#) "ut he was not astonished .ew #inutes 'ater when Mrs "ri'' had to'd her the who'e story) 7Bou #ust &eg her pardon at once) ay you’re sorry* Michae'08 7"ut 2’# not sorry) 2’# g'ad) .er 'egs are too .t'y to Andrew and gave hi# a &iscuit out o. the day nothing went right with hi#) The hot* heavy . so#ething) Through the &ars o. the &est &'ades o.or&idden thing) . the .ence he cou'd see Miss Lark’s Andrew dainti'y sni.ore they cou'd catch hi# he ran away up the area steps and into the garden) There he purpose'y &u#ped into 4o&ertson Ay* who was sound as'eep on top o.ing at the $e!t@door 'awn and choosing .ence with a piece o.knocked the hot@water 5ug out o. you*8 said his Mother a .igs)8 72’# not i'') 2’# we''er than you*8 said Michae' rude'y)
.or your .ee'ing inside hi# #ade hi# do the #ost aw. that heavy thing inside hi#) The door o. his own pocket* and whi'e Andrew was #unching it he tied Andrew’s tai' to the . her hand) 7We''* you are a c'u#sy*8 said E''en* as she &ent down to #op up the water) 7That was . &'ue ink) 2t 'ooked dread. .e't e!traordinari'y p'eased and g'ad and thought out so#e #ore at once) 2n the kitchen Mrs "ri''* the cook* was #aking scones) 7$o* Master Michae'*8 she said* 7you can’t scrape out the &asin) 2t’s not e#pty yet)8 And at that he 'et out his . it) Throughout the rest o.ore he thought o. the 'atest adventure) 7Michae'* you sha'' have so#e syrup o.or hi#se'.
ront o.aced hi#* one hand on the hand'e o.ive #inutes 'ater* Michae' .t side or is the wrong side the right sideF "ecause 2 got out on the right side* so how can it &e wrongF8 7"oth sides were the wrong side* this #orning* Mr #arty08 7"ut it has on'y one* and i.ternoon wa'k to the (ark) 7Don’t dawd'e*8 said Mary (oppins* 'ooking &ack at hi#) "ut he went on dawd'ing and dragging the sides o. 'ight see#ed to &eckon hi#) .'oor and each took ho'd o.. together* Michae'*8 said %ane in a whisper) 7Bou shut up*8 he said* &ut so 'ow that Mary (oppins cou'd not hear) 7$ow* sir*8 said Mary (oppins) 7O. the nursery* .ter Mary (oppins and %ane and the pera#&u'ator on the a.acing the wa'') %ane tried to speak to hi# when Mary (oppins was not 'ooking* &ut he wou'd not answer* and put out his tongue at her) When %ohn and "ar&ara craw'ed a'ong the .* as he trai'ed a. her) 7And*8 she continued* 7there’s a shiny thing spark'ing on the path 5ust a'ong there) 2’'' thank you to go and pick it up and &ring it to #e) o#e&ody’s dropped their tiara* perhaps)8 Against his wi''* &ut &ecause he didn’t dare not to* Michae' 'ooked in the direction in which she was pointing)Bes 6 there was so#ething shining on the path) Fro# that distance it 'ooked very interesting* and its spark'ing rays o.7Then you’re si#p'y naughty*8 said his Mother) 7And you sha'' &e punished)8 And* sure enough* . one o. #e* p'ease) 2’# not going to have you stravaiging &ehind any 'onger) Bou’'' o&'ige #e &y going on ahead)8 he pushed hi# in . his shoes and gurg'ed* he 5ust pushed the# rough'y away) And a'' the ti#e he was en5oying his &adness* hugging it to hi# as though it were a . 2 got out the right side68 he argued) 7One #ore word .e wa'ked on* swaggering a 'itt'e* going as s'ow'y as he dared and pretending that he didn’t rea''y want to see what it was) . you go6in ..ed Mary (oppins) 7We''* is the wrong side the 'e. standing in his stained c'othes in a corner o.erence) 2t’s sti'' a side*8 sco. the pera#&u'ator) 7Bou*8 she &egan* 7got out o.. &o! with a g'ass top and on the g'ass an arrow #arked) 2nside* a round disc that see#ed to &e covered with 'etters swung gent'y as he #oved the &o!)
. &ed the wrong side this #orning)8 72 didn’t*8 said Michae') 7There is no wrong side to #y &ed)8 7Every &ed has a right and a wrong side*8 said Mary (oppins* pri#'y) 7$ot #ine6it’s ne!t the wa'')8 7That #akes no di.e reached the spot and* stooping* picked up the shining thing) 2t was a s#a''* round sort o. his shoes a'ong the pave#ent in order to scratch the 'eather) udden'y Mary (oppins turned and .ro# you68 &egan Mary (oppins* and she said it in such a pecu'iar'y threatening voice that even Michae' .ront o.ound hi#se'.riend* and not caring a &it) 72 hate &eing good*8 he said a'oud to hi#se'.e't a 'itt'e nervous) 7One #ore word and 2’''68 he did not say what she wou'd do* &ut he 3uickened his pace) 7(u'' yourse'.
eet snow 'ay thick'y . &'ue ice and &eneath their .e waved a paw at a &'ock o.or at that #o#ent a white . ice) 7$ow* what wou'd you 'ikeF CodF hri#psF %ust so#ething to keep the wo'.e put out a 'ong pink tongue* rough and war# as a &ath towe'* and gent'y 'icked the chi'dren’s cheeks) They tre#&'ed) Did (o'ar "ears eat chi'dren* they wonderedF 7Bou’re shivering08 the "ear said kind'y) 7That’s &ecause you need so#ething to eat) Make yourse'ves co#.ootpath was in sight) 2nstead* they were surrounded &y great &ou'ders o.y)8 .) 7Mary (oppins* what is itF8 de#anded %ane* as the pera#&u'ator drew up &eside the#) Mary (oppins took the 'itt'e &o! .orwards* and in the sun'ight the disc and its 'etters went careering #ad'y inside the &o!) 7What’s it .e sprang into the &'ue@green water and ca#e up with a herring) 72 wish you cou'd have stayed .orta&'e on this ice&erg)8 ..e'' to his side) he ti'ted the round thing &ackwards and .ro# Michae'’s hand) 72t’s #ine*8 he said 5ea'ous'y) 7$o* #ine*8 said Mary (oppins) 72 saw it .ed) he had no ti#e to rep'y* however* .e tucked the .ace) 7Bou 5ust watch08 And ho'ding the co#pass in her hand she turned towards the entrance o.e tried to snatch it .urry head peered cautious'y round a &ou'der) Then a huge (o'ar "ear 'eapt out and* standing on his hind 'egs* proceeded to hug Mary (oppins) 72 was a. gossip)8
.ro# the door)8 72’# a.raid we can’t stay*8 Mary (oppins &roke in) 7We’re on our way round the wor'd)8 7We''* do 'et #e get you a 'itt'e snack) 2t won’t take #e a 5i.or a &it o. the (ark and said the word 7$orth08 The 'etters s'id round the arrow* dancing giddi'y) udden'y the at#osphere see#ed to grow &itter'y co'd* and the wind &eca#e so icy that %ane and Michae' shut their eyes against it) When they opened the# the (ark had entire'y disappeared6 not a tree nor a green@painted seat nor an aspha't . you)8 .raid you #ight &e trappers*8 he said) 7We'co#e to the $orth (o'e* a'' o.irst)8 7"ut 2 picked it up)8 .ro# her hand* &ut she gave hi# such a 'ook that his hand .rosted upon the ground) 7Oh* oh08 cried %ane* shivering with co'd and surprise* and she rushed to cover the Twins with their pera#&u'ator rug) 7What has happened to usF8 Mary (oppins sni.%ane ran up and 'ooked at it over his shou'der) 7What is it* Michae'F8 she asked) 72 won’t te'' you*8 said Michae'* though he didn’t know hi#se'.or a chat)8 .orF8 asked %ane) 7To go round the wor'd with*8 said Mary (oppins) 7(ooh08 said Michae'* 7you go round the wor'd in a ship* or an aerop'ane) 2 know that) The &o! thing wou'dn’t take you round the wor'd)8 7Oh* indeed6wou'dn’t itF8 said Mary (oppins* with a curious 2@know@&etter@than@you e!pression on her .ish into Mary (oppins’s hand) 72 'ong .. .
ed Mary (oppins) Then* to %ane and Michae'’s disappoint#ent 6they wou'd dear'y have 'iked so#e tropica' .or a 'itt'e #o#ent so that 2 can get so#e s'eep) 2.e't the air getting so.ish)8 72t was a present*8 said Mary (oppins) 7We''* we''* keep it i.ro# which they wou'd wakeF Or were they seeing* o.7Another ti#e perhaps*8 she said) 7And thank you .t to sit on the eggs) Do take a turn* there’s a good gir') 2 need a 'itt'e rest)8 .ar too .ro# which ca#e a noisy sound o.urry shape yawned and stretched itse'.ound the#se'ves in a 'ea. a'' things* a (anda0 And a (anda in its own ho#e and not &ehind &ars in a Joo) The drea#* i.or #e)8 7We sha'' not &e staying*8 Mary (oppins assured hi#) 7We’re taking a 'itt'e trip round the wor'd and 5ust 'ooked in .ound the#se'ves in a grassy c'earing surrounded &y &a#&oo trees) Green paper'ike 'eaves rust'ed in the &reeJe) And a&ove that 3uiet swishing they cou'd hear a steady rhyth#ic sound 6 a snore* or was it a purrF G'ancing round* they &ehe'd a 'arge . hi#) 7Hery we''* then* we wi'' go away) And then perhaps8 6 Mary (oppins’s voice was at its #ost priggish 6 7you’'' &e sorry you #issed us)8 The (anda opened one &'ack eye) 7Oh* it’s you* #y dear gir'*8 he said s'eepi'y) 7Why not have 'et #e know you were co#ingF Di.or the .ish)8 7 outh08 she said to the co#pass) 2t see#ed to %ane and Michae' then that the wor'd was spinning round the#) As they .e 'i. white* or was it white with &'otches o.t and war#* they .ted a spread wing cautious'y* disc'osing a nest with two white eggs) 7A'as* this is 5ust a passing visit) We re on our way round the wor'd)8 7Gracious* what a 5ourney0 We''* stay .icu't though it wou'd have &een* .or you 2 wou'd have stayed awake)8 The . you can 'ook a.or you a'') There wou'dn’t &e enough roo# in #ine)8 . gadding* and 2’# 'e.ruit6she shook her head decisive'y and said* 7East08 Again the wor'd went spinning round the# 6 or were they spinning round the wor'dF And then* whichever it was ceased) They . s3uawking) 7We'co#e08 shrieked a 'arge ..ter a'' those creatures86he nodded at the chi'dren6 7you can keep two s#a'' eggs war#) Do* Mary (oppins0 And 2’'' get you so#e &ananas instead o.ternoon)8 The voice was as .urry shape 6 &'ack with &'otches o. &'ackF They cou'd not rea''y &e sure) %ane and Michae' gaJed at each other) Was it a drea# .yacinth Macaw who was perched on a &ranch* with outstretched wings) 7Bou’re 5ust the person we need* Mary (oppins) My wi. #ine) Fishes are ..) 7Ah we''* 2’'' have to #ake a ho#e . you #ust) "ut what #adness to go ga''ivanting round the wor'd when you cou'd stay and &ring up our nest'ings) Why shou'd we spend our ti#e sitting when you cou'd do it as we''F8 7"etter* you #ean08 sni.y 5ung'e . 'eaves and &a#&oo sticks) 7"ut*8 he added* eying the herring* 72 wi'' not a''ow that sca'y sea@thing under any roo.or a #o#ent)8
. it was a drea#* drew a 'ong &reath) 7Whoever it is* p'ease go away* 2 rest in the a. o. that wrigg'ing ..e nodded at a neat she'ter #ade o.ishy .urry as the rest o.e’s o.
7What nonsense08 The (anda gave an enor#ous yawn) 7Traipsing wi'd'y round the wor'd when you cou'd stay here with #e) $ever #ind* #y dear Mary* you a'ways do what you want to do* however a&surd and . surprise) 7We''* o.riend'y s3ueak) 72 ca'' hi# Froggie &ecause he so o.ro# which ca#e a series o. teeth) 7There’s cock'es and #usse's a'ive* a'ive@O) And the seaweed here is e!ce''ent)8 7Thank you kind'y* 2’# sure* A#e'ia) "ut we have to &e ho#e in ha'.ir# hand on the hand'e o. the pera#&u'ator) A#e'ia was c'ear'y disappointed) 7Whatever kind o.ew young &a#&oo shoots)They’'' sustain you ti'' you get ho#e) And you two86he nodded at %ane and Michae'6 7tick'e #e gent'y &ehind the ears) That a'ways sends #e to s'eep)8 Eager'y they sat down &eside hi# and stroked the si'ky .or a #ea') What wou'd you 'ikeF8 A#e'ia grinned at %ane and Michae'* disp'aying a sp'endid array o.or the spinning &egan again) .ins and the tai')8 72 had a &ath this #orning* thank you08 7We''* what a&out those young ones* dearF Cou'dn’t they do with a &it o.u''o and good&ye in the sa#e &reath) $e!t ti#e you #ust stay . and* as they stroked* the snore 6 or the purr 6 &egan its rhyth#) 7.oo'ish) ('uck a .or Froggie and #e6 isn’t it* FroggieF A#e'ia &utted hi# with her nose* and the young Do'phin gave a .or c'eansing the . her wrist) And the co#pass* apparent'y* understood* . visit is thatF .ound the#se'ves on a 'ong white shore* with wave'ets 'apping and cur'ing against it) And i##ediate'y &e.ins and tai's*8 said Mary (oppins* #uch to the chi'dren’s disappoint#ent) They wou'd have 'iked a ro'' in the sand) 7We''* what on earth or sea are you doing hereF8 A#e'ia de#anded &risk'y) 7Oh* 5ust going round the wor'd* you know*8 Mary (oppins said airi'y* as though going round the wor'd was a thing you did every day) 7We''* it’s a treat .or tea* and we’'' a'' sit together on a rock and sing a song to the #oon) Eh* FroggieF8
. scouringF8 7They have no .'ick o.i''s and 'akes* #ountains and .t'y) 7We #ustn’t wake hi# again)8 he &eckoned to the chi'dren* and as they ca#e on tiptoe towards her* she gave a .urry shape sett'ed itse'.e’s as'eep*8 said Mary (oppins so.er answer was another s3ueak) 7We''* now .orests went wa'tJing round the# to unheard #usic) Then again the wor'd was sti''* as i. it6wou'd they have the chance o. a'' peop'e* it’s Mary (oppins0 Bou’re 5ust in ti#e to share our sand@&ath) $othing 'ike a sand@&ath .ore the# was a c'oud o. stroking a (anda) The . whir'ing* swir'ing sand . grunts) Then s'ow'y the c'oud sett'ed* disc'osing a 'arge &'ack and grey Do'phin with a young one at her side) 72s that you* A#e'iaF8 ca''ed Mary (oppins) The Do'phin &'ew so#e sand .ur) $ever again6they were sure o. it had never #oved) This ti#e they .ten strays away65ust 'ike the Frog that wou'd a@wooing go* whether his #other wou'd 'et hi# or no) Don’t you* FroggieF8 . a #inute)8 Mary (oppins 'aid a .ro# her nose and gave a start o.
yourse'.e 5ust shrugged his shou'ders and pu''ed %ane’s hair) And a..or one day) tep a'ong at once* p'ease08 74ound the wor'd and &ack in a #inute6what a wonder.earing the worst was a&out to happen* #ade itse'. he wou'd 'ike to ki'' her) "ut he shrugged his shou'ders and sta'ked o.Froggie s3ueaked) 7That wi'' &e 'ove'y*8 said Mary (oppins* and %ane and Michae' echoed her words) They had never yet sat on a rock and sung a song to the #oon) 7We''* au revoir* one and a'') "y the way* Mary* #y dear* were you going to take that herring with youF8 A#e'ia greedi'y eyed the .ish* the herring swooped up and sp'ashed into the sea) The Do'phins were a. the (ark) 7%u#ping up and down and shouting0 Making a nuisance o. as 'i#p as it cou'd in Mary (oppins’s hand) 7$o) 2 a# p'anning to throw it &ack to the sea08 The herring gasped with re'ie.or a #o#ent and turned again to the sea) "ut the sea was not there) $othing &ut a neat green 'awnG %ane* agog* &eside hi#G the Twins in the pera#&u'atorG and Mary (oppins pushing it in the #idd'e o.ish a'o.irst)8 Mary (oppins he'd the .or it* Froggie and #eF When you say LGo0’* we’'' start swi##ing and see who gets it .ew o.ter that he went to the supper ta&'e and upset his &read@and@#i'k)
.) One wou'd think you had done enough .e 'ooked as i. it were &ird rather than .icant'y) "ut the &urning thing inside hi# wou'd not 'et hi# care) .u' &o!08 said %ane) 72t’s a co#pass) $ot a &o!) And it’s #ine*8 said Michae') 72 .ound it) Give it to #e08 7My co#pass* thank you*8 said Mary (oppins* as she s'ipped it into her pocket) . the# in these parts* and they #ake a de'icious #ea') Why don’t we race .erocious) . taking no notice o.ter the adventure with the co#pass it see#ed to grow worse* and towards the evening he grew naughtier and naughtier) .a'se'y kind voiceD 7Why* dar'ings* what is the #atterF8 "ut Mary (oppins was not deceived &y it) 7Bou’ve got so#ething co#ing to you08 she said signi.t) 74eady0 teady0 Go08 she cried) And as i.e g'anced at her .ish* which* .) 7A very proper decision* Mary*8 A#e'ia toothi'y s#i'ed) 7We get so .e pinched the Twins when Mary (oppins was not 'ooking* and when they cried he said in a . anyone) The &urning weight sti'' hung heavi'y within hi#) A.ter it in a second* two dark striving shapes ripp'ing through the water) %ane and Michae' cou'd hard'y &reathe) Which wou'd win the priJeF Or wou'd the priJe escapeF 7Froggie0 Froggie0 Froggie08 ye''ed Michae') 2. the herring had to &e caught and eaten* he wanted Froggie to win) 7F@r@o@g@g@i@e08The wind and sea &oth cried the na#e* &ut Michae'’s voice was the stronger) 7What do you think you’re doing* Michae'F8 Mary (oppins sounded .
'apping his wings* the (anda with his .e went into the $ight@nursery and undressed) $o* he didn’t care) .u'' o.e cou'd see no sign o. carried through the air and set down in so#ething sti'' so.u' and happy* and as i.ur he had stroked so gent'yF The #other Do'phin’s .e knew now what he wou'd do) . he wou'd 'ike to give every&ody he knew a &irthday present)
. the chest o.e opened the other eye to #ake sure) $o6not a g'int o. they didn’t 'ook out he’d &e worse) .e opened one eye) .t thing he was 'ying on was his own &ed) And oh* the heavy &urning thing that had &een inside hi# a'' day had #e'ted and disappeared) .ter) 7Oh* dear Mary (oppins08 7A'' right* a'' right) 2’# not dea. any o.igures o. revenge) Their terri&'e angry .e cou'd .e 'ooked round the roo#) There was nothing there) Then he discovered that the so.angs showing* the Macaw .ee' their hot &reath on his .ierce'y .e #oved it) 7$orth* outh* East* West08 he said very 3uick'y* in case any&ody shou'd co#e in &e.our gigantic .ewer to do up in the #orning) And another0 A'' the &etter) $othing in a'' the wor'd cou'd ever #ake hi# . drawers) Then he c'i#&ed up on it and took the co#pass in his hand) .ur on end* the Do'phin thrusting out her snout) Fro# a'' 3uarters o.act) O. on'y he had &een good6i.* 2’# thank.t thing that was round hi# was his own &'anket* and the so. the co#pass) .igures &earing down upon hi# 6 the &ear with his .u' to say6no need to shout*8 he heard her saying ca'#'y) . went a &utton) Good 6 there wou'd &e .'ippersF And what was he6or it #ight &e she6p'anning to do to hi#F 2.e wou'd take the co#pass and spin it and go round the wor'd) And they’d never .ind hi# again) And it wou'd serve the# right) Without #aking a sound he 'i.'ung the#se'ves upon hi#) What was it that he'd hi#* so.t and war#* in its s#othering e#&raceF The (o'ar "ear’s .e sat up) .e was &ad* and i.e had never seen her 'ook so terri&'e) "ut sti'' he didn’t care) . drawers) Hery s'ow'y he withdrew his .aces 'oo#ed nearer) .e hated every&ody) 2.u' he wou'd run away and 5oin a circus) There0 O. the roo# they were rushing upon hi#* their shadows huge on the cei'ing) $o 'onger kind and .ee' sorry) . the .eathersF The (anda’s .7And that*8 said Mary (oppins* 7is the end) uch de'i&erate naughtiness 2 never saw) 2n a'' #y &orn days 2 never did* and that’s a . they weren’t care.e't hi#se'..our gigantic .ore he got we'' away) A noise &ehind the chair start'ed hi# and turned round gui'ti'y* e!pecting to see Mary (oppins) "ut instead* there were .e was 5ust a&out to get into &ed and* indeed* had one .oot a'ready in it* when he noticed the co#pass 'ying on top o.ace) 7Oh0 Oh08 Michae' dropped the co#pass) 7Mary (oppins* he'p #e08 he screa#ed and shut his eyes in terror) And then so#ething enve'oped hi#) The great creatures and their greater shadows* with a #ing'ed roar or s3uawk o.ted a chair and put it against the chest o.riend'y* they were now . triu#ph* .e . on'y0 7Mary (oppins08 he wai'ed* as he .e't peace. the#) .e didn’t care) .e wou'd get into &ed without &rushing his hair or his teeth 6 certain'y without saying his prayers) .or coatF The Macaw’s . you go0 traight into &ed with you and not another word08 .oot and tiptoed across the roo#) ..
e watched her go into the ne!t roo#* and present'y she returned and put so#ething war# into his hands) 2t was a cup o.unny thing* Mary (oppins*8 he said drowsi'y) 72’ve &een so very naughty and 2 .ee' so very good)8 7.orta&'e* he thought) And he thought* too* how war# he was and how happy he .e cou'd s#e'' her crack'ing white apron and the .or ever* and present'y* with a sigh o.o'd the c'othes that he had thrown down on the . regret* he handed her the e#pty cup and s'ipped down into the &ed) .u#ph08 said Mary (oppins as she tucked hi# in and went away to wash up the supper thingsK
Chapter Seven The 1ird (oman
7(erhaps she won’t &e there*8 said Michae')
. #i'k) Michae' sipped it* tasting every drop severa' ti#es with his tongue* #aking it 'ast as 'ong as possi&'e so that Mary (oppins shou'd stay &eside hi#) he stood there without saying a word* watching the #i'k s'ow'y disappear) .'avour o.e't and how 'ucky he was to &e a'ive) 72sn’t it a . toast that a'ways hung a&out her so de'icious'y) "ut try as he wou'd* he cou'd not #ake the #i'k 'ast .e had never known it &e so co#.aint .'oor) 7 ha'' 2 do itF8 he said) 7$o* thank you)8 . you p'ease*8 was a'' she said as she stooped and picked up the co#pass and put it in her pocket) Then she &egan to .7What6what happenedF8 he said rather an!ious'y to Mary (oppins) 72 to'd you that was #y co#pass* didn’t 2F "e kind enough not to touch #y things* i.
or .i'' and . you are agreea&'e) 2 have a .or ever and ever)8 They were wa'king up Ludgate .ussy and chatty grey doves 'ike Grand#othersG and &rown* rough@voiced pigeons 'ike Cnc'esG and greeny* cack'ing* no@2’ve@no@#oney@ today pigeons 'ike Fathers) And the si''y* an!ious* so. they cou'd have .orgotten0 For it was not as though it were on'y the Tea that #attered) There was a'so the "ird Wo#an* and she herse'.7Bes* she wi''*8 said %ane) 7 he’s a'ways there .ten 2 have a Treat)8 And Mrs "anks had said she wou'd think a&out it) "ut a'' day 'ong* though %ane and Michae' had watched her an!ious'y* she had not see#ed to &e thinking a&out it at a'') Fro# the things she said* she was thinking a&out the Laundry "i'' and Michae'’s new overcoat and where was Aunt F'ossie’s address* and why did that wretched Mrs %ackson ask her to tea on the second Thursday o. &readcru#&s to the passers@&y) A'' round her .ice today6that is* i. a'' Treats) That is why they were wa'king up Ludgate .. a carpet shop) 7 he’s saying it0 he’s saying it08 cried %ane* ho'ding tight to herse'.ear she wou'd spend even 'onger 'ooking at herse'.or . .ee'ing 2 shou'd 'ike to &e taken to Tea and hort&read Fingers and it’s not o.ear she wou'd &reak in two with de'ight) And she was saying it) The "ird Wo#an was there and she was saying it) 7Feed the "irds*Tuppence a "ag0 Feed the "irds*Tuppence a "ag0 Feed the "irds* Feed the "irds* Tuppence a "ag* Tuppence a "ag08 Over and over again* the sa#e thing* in a high chanting voice that #ade the words see# 'ike a song) And as she said it she he'd out 'itt'e &ags o.'ew the &irds* circ'ing and 'eaping and swooping and rising) Mary (oppins a'ways ca''ed the# 7sparrers8 &ecause* she said conceited'y* a'' &irds were a'ike to her) "ut %ane and Michae' knew that they were not sparrows* &ut doves and pigeons)There were . it doesn’t rain 2 think %ane and Michae' #ight ca'' . the #onth when she knew that was the very day Mrs "anks had to go to the Dentist’sF udden'y* when they .e't 3uite sure she wou'd never think a&out Mr "anks’ treat* she saidD 7$ow* chi'dren* don’t stand staring at #e 'ike that) Get your things on) Bou are going to the City to have tea with your Father) .t &'ue doves were 'ike Mothers) That’s what %ane
.ad you . was the &est o.ee'ing very e!cited) Mary (oppins wa'ked &etween the#* wearing her new hat and 'ooking very distinguished) Every now and then she wou'd 'ook into the shop window 5ust to #ake sure the hat was sti'' there and that the pink roses on it had not turned into co##on .i'' on the way to pay a visit to Mr "anks in the City) For he had said that #orning to Mrs "anksD 7My dear* i.orgottenF8 As i.'owers 'ike #arigo'ds) Every ti#e she stopped to #ake sure* %ane and Michae' wou'd sigh* &ut they did not dare say anything . in the windows* and turning this way and that to see which attitude was the #ost &eco#ing) "ut at 'ast they ca#e to t (au'’s Cathedra'* which was &ui't a 'ong ti#e ago &y a #an with a &ird’s na#e) Wren it was* &ut he was no re'ation to %enny) That is why so #any &irds 'ive near ir Christopher Wren’s Cathedra'* which a'so &e'ongs to t (au'* and that is why the "ird Wo#an 'ives there* too) 7There she is08 cried Michae' sudden'y* and he danced on his toes with e!cite#ent) 7Don’t point*8 said Mary (oppins* giving a 'ast g'ance at the pink roses in the window o.or #e at the O.
e wa'ked up to the "ird Wo#an and he'd out .'ew round and round the head o. Mary (oppins) 7What happens when every&ody goes away 6 'ike usF8 said Michae' to %ane) .our ha'.e and %ane had o.or a pigeon or a dove to 'eave anything on the p'ate) When they were 3uite certain that the #ea' was .t* . a . the# #istook Mary (oppins’ new hat .and Michae' thought* anyway) They ..e knew 3uite we'' what happened* &ut it was the proper thing to ask %ane &ecause the story was rea''y hers) o %ane to'd hi# and he added the &its she had .or a rose garden and pecked o.or it is not rea''y po'ite . cru#&s into his hand and tucked the #oney away into the . .'ew round the "ird Wo#an’s head* copying in their own 'anguage the words she said) One o.pennies) 7Feed the "irds* Tuppence a "ag08 said the "ird Wo#an* as she put a &ag o.ended* .ro# t (au'’s) 7Dainty David*8 said Mary (oppins with a sni. the# sat on her hat and pretended he was a decoration ..ood* pushing and scra#&'ing and shouting) At 'ast there wasn’t a cru#& 'e.ro# its &eak) "ut the other &irds swar#ed upon the .or the crown) And another o.'ew &ack to the "ird Wo#an* and to pay out Mary (oppins* stuck the rose in the ri&&on o..* as one &ird picked up a cru#& and dropped it again .o'ds o.inished the &irds rose with one grand* .irst* and then in twos and threes* the &irds ca#e down .orgotten) 7At night when every&ody goes to &ed68 &egan %ane)
.'uttering #ove#ent and . the "ird Wo#an as the chi'dren approached* and then* as though to tease her* they sudden'y rushed away through the air and sat on the top o.'ower) 7Bou sparrer08 cried Mary (oppins* and shook her u#&re''a at hi#) The pigeon* very o.ten tried* &ut a'' she cou'd say* and a'' she had ever &een a&'e to say* was* 7Feed the "irds* Tuppence a "ag08 %ust as a cuckoo can on'y say 7Cuckoo*8 no #atter what 3uestions you ask hi#) %ane and Michae' and Mary (oppins spread the cru#&s in a circ'e on the ground* and present'y* one &y one at . the "ird Wo#an’s hat) 7Bou ought to &e in a pie 6 that’s where you ought to &e*8 said Mary (oppins to hi# very angri'y) Then she ca''ed to %ane and Michae') 7Ti#e to go*8 she said* and .'ung a parting g'ance o. t (au'’s* 'aughing and turning their heads away and pretending they didn’t know her) 2t was Michae'’s turn to &uy a &ag) %ane had &ought one 'ast ti#e) . her huge &'ack skirt) 7Why don’t you have penny &agsF8 said Michae') 7Then 2 cou'd &uy two)8 7Feed the "irds* Tuppence a "ag08 said the "ird Wo#an* and Michae' knew it was no good asking her any #ore 3uestions) .t her then* wa'king one on either side o.ury at the pigeon) "ut he on'y 'aughed and .'icked his tai' and turned his &ack on her) 7Good&ye*8 said Michae' to the "ird Wo#an) 7Feed the "irds*8 she rep'ied* s#i'ing) 7Good&ye*8 said %ane) 7Tuppence a "ag08 said the "ird Wo#an and waved her hand) They 'e.
each one in turn and te''s it to &e a good &ird68 72n the &ird 'anguageF8 7Bes) And when they are a'' s'eepy and don’t want to stay awake any 'onger* she spreads out her skirts* as a #other hen spreads out her wings* and the &irds go creep* creep* creeping underneath) And as soon as the 'ast one is under she sett'es down over the#* #aking 'itt'e &rooding* nesting noises and they s'eep there ti'' #orning)8 Michae' sighed happi'y) . they don’t6a'' the &irds co#e down . hearing it) 7And it’s a'' 3uite true* isn’t itF8 he said* 5ust as he a'ways did) 7$o*8 said Mary (oppins* who a'ways said 7$o)8 7Bes*8 said %ane* who a'ways knew everythingK
.u''y a'' over the ground 5ust to see there are no cru#&s 'e.orgotten the &aths)8 7Oh* yes6they &ath the#se'ves and co#& their wings with their c'aws) And when they have done that they .t* and to tidy it up .7And the stars co#e out*8 added Michae') 7Bes* and even i.e 'oved the story and was never tired o.ro# the top o.or the #orning) And when they have done that68 7Bou’ve .eathers o.'y three ti#es round the head o. the "ird Wo#an and then they sett'e)8 7Do they sit on her shou'dersF8 7Bes* and on her hat)8 7And on her &asket with the &ags in itF8 7Bes* and so#e on her knee) Then she s#ooths down the head@. t (au'’s and run very care.
his own sausages) .ace* not daring to ask her) Mary (oppins gaJed up and down the street as i.e 'eant upon his chopping@&'ock and gaJed ad#iring'y at Mary (oppins) Then he winked p'easant'y at %ane and Michae') 72n a $urryF8 he said to Mary (oppins) 7We''* that’s a pity) 2’d hoped you’d dropped in .riend'y #an) . Mary (oppins’s .u''y* sti'' &'ushing) 7There wi'' &e no ne!t*8 said Mary (oppins* with a haughty sni. deep in thought* and then* sudden'y #aking up her #ind* she snappedD
. her shopping 'ist &ut* &ecause o. the 'ook on her .e pushed the parce' across the chopping@&'ock) 7A$D the ne!tF8 he said hope.Chapter Ei*ht Mrs. a chat) We "utchers* you know* 'ike a &it o. a yard6wound it into a sort o.ended her) "ut she g'anced at the window as she went so that she cou'd see how her new shoes 'ooked re. gar'and* and wrapped it up . co#pany) And we don’t o. you’re in a $urry* o. his shop that wou'd open and swa''ow hi# up) 7Oh* we''68 he said* &'ushing even redder than usua') 72.or he had caught sight o. Corry
7Two pounds o.ound hi#se'.estooned across the shop) ..) And she took the sausages and turned the pera#&u'ator round very 3uick'y* and whee'ed it out o. a 'ength 6 a&out three@3uarters o. ta'king to a nice* handso#e young 'ady 'ike you@68 . sudden'y* .u') And the &utcher .irst in white and then in &rown paper) ..ace) The e!pression on it was aw. wishing there was a trap door in the . sausages6"est (ork*8 said Mary (oppins) 7And at once* p'ease) We’re in a hurry)8 The "utcher* who wore a 'arge &'ue@and@white striped apron* was a .or a &it o.e was a'so 'arge and red and rather 'ike one o. the sausages that were .. the shop in such a way that the "utcher knew he had #orta''y o. course) Two pounds* did you sayF "est (orkF 4ight you are08 And he hurried'y hooked down a 'ong strip o.ter her* wondering when she wou'd have co#e to the end o.at and .'oor o.ten get the chance o.e &roke o.e cut o..'ected in it) They were &right &rown kid with two &uttons* very s#art) %ane and Michae' trai'ed a.
terthought) 7Oh no* Mary (oppins* p'ease* no0 2 didn’t #ean it* rea''y) 2 6 oh 6 Mary (oppins* p'ease68 cried Michae') 7Do 'et hi# co#e* Mary (oppins08 said %ane) 72’'' push the pera#&u'ator i.o'd up her 'ist* wished he had not spoken) 7Bou can go ho#e* i. o. oysters) 7The idea08%ane and Michae' heard her say as she g'anced down at her shoes) $ot 'ooking too &'oo#ing in her new &rown kid shoes with two &uttons6the idea0 That was what they heard her thinking) Outside on the pave#ent she paused* 'ooking at her 'ist and ticking o.e hadn’t known that ginger&read was at the end o.7Fish#onger08 and turned the pera#&u'ator in at the shop ne!t to the "utchers) 7One Dover o'e* pound and a ha'. .ierce'y that it &u#ped into a &ag o. on'y you’'' 'et hi# co#e)8 Mary (oppins sni.*8 she said cross'y* and . Cherry Tree Lane) 72.'y* 7is as it #ay &e)8 And Michae'* watching her . course) Bou don’t 'ook too &'oo#ing*8 he said to Mary (oppins) 7"ut then* no&ody does68 Mary (oppins tossed her head) 7 peak . you 'ike*8 she said haughti'y) 7We are going to &uy the ginger&read)8 Michae'’s . you don’t get 'ost*8 she added as an a.ront to hi# &ut on'y two sides) And he 'ooked so sad that you .e'') 2.irst on one 'eg and then on the other) 7Mary (oppins* are we never going ho#eF8 he said cross'y) Mary (oppins turned and regarded hi# with so#ething 'ike disgust) 7That*8 she said &rie...'ounced to the door* pushing the pera#&u'ator so .ed) 72. it wasn’t Friday*8 she said dark'y to Michae'* 7you’d go ho#e in a twink 6 in an a&so'ute Twink08 he #oved onwards* pushing %ohn and "ar&ara) %ane and Michae' knew that she had re'ented* and
. what she had &ought) Michae' stood . (rawns and a Lo&ster*8 said Mary (oppins* ta'king so 3uick'y that on'y so#e&ody used to taking such orders cou'd possi&'y have understood her) The Fish#onger* un'ike the "utcher* was a 'ong thin #an* so thin that he see#ed to have no .e had known a'' a'ong there wou'd &e nothing e'se) ni.ing gent'y* he tied up the parce' and dropped it into the pera#&u'ator) 7"ad weather*8 he o&served* wiping his eye with his hand) 7Don’t &e'ieve we’re going to get any su##er at a'' 6 not that we ever did* o.ace .. the 'ist) 7That’s your way*8 said Mary (oppins short'y* pointing in the direction o.orgotten it) 7Anything e'seF8 said the Fish#onger hope'ess'y* in a voice that suggested he was 3uite sure there wou'dn’t &e) 7$ot today*8 said Mary (oppins) The Fish#onger shook his head sad'y and did not 'ook at a'' surprised) .or yourse'. on'y he had #anaged to say nothing0 .e't he had either 5ust &een weeping or was 5ust going to) %ane said that this was due to so#e secret sorrow that had haunted hi# since his youth* and Michae' thought that the Fish#onger’s Mother #ust have .a'i&ut* pint o.ed hi# entire'y on &read and water when he was a &a&y* and that he had never .
the Twins* who were so astonished that they &egan to cry) 7$ow* now* now* now0 What’s this* what’s thisF8 A high* thin* crack'y 'itt'e voice ca#e .or 'ong* .aces o. e!pressing the#se'ves* &ut they had not ti#e to &e surprised . the 'arge 'adies was which) 7Fannie’s #y na#e*8 said one o. it appeared) he was as s#a'' as her voice and as crack'y* and to the chi'dren she see#ed to &e o'der than anything in the wor'd* with her wispy hair and her stick@'ike 'egs and her wiJened* wrink'ed 'itt'e . co'oured paper hung in the windows* and on the she'ves were sha&&y 'itt'e &o!es o. it isn’t Mary (oppins* with %ohn and "ar&ara "anks)
. Miss Fannie and Miss Annie* sad &e. the 'argest peop'e the chi'dren had even seen rose . this she ran towards the# as 'ight'y and as gai'y as though she were sti'' a young gir') 7$ow* now* now 6 we''* 2 do dec'are0 "'ess #e i. the shop) And as she ca''ed* two o.ow de doF8 in voices as 'arge as the#se'ves* and shook hands with %ane and Michae') 7.aint'y 'it &y the#) %ane and Michae' g'anced round to .ace) 7A# 2 doing the shopping or are youF8 Mary (oppins en3uired) 7Bou*8 said %ane* in a very s#a'' voice) 7Oh* rea''yF 2 thought it was the other way round*8 said Mary (oppins with a scorn.u''y* as though she were unused to such a courteous greeting) 72t’s a 'ove'y day68 &egan %ane po'ite'y to the other sister* who kept %ane’s hand i#prisoned .ow do you do* Miss6F8 Michae' paused* wondering which o.or#ed the# #isera&'y) 7And handso#e is as handso#e does)8 %ane and Michae' thought that &oth the sisters had a very odd way o. Mary (oppins’ .or asking)8 he spoke very #ourn.rightened and i'' at ease* and so#ehow %ane and Michae' rea'iJed that the two huge sisters were wishing that they were #uch s#a''er and 'ess conspicuous) 7What’s a'' this 2 hearF8 cried the curious high 'itt'e voice* co#ing nearer) And present'y* round the corner o. dark* dry ginger&read* each s'a& so studded with gi't stars that the shop itse'.u' 'augh) he gave the pera#&u'ator a 'itt'e twist with her hand and it turned a corner and drew up sudden'y) %ane and Michae'* stopping a&rupt'y &ehind it* . the#) 7My rheu#atis# is a&out the sa#eG thank you . see#ed to &e . the shop) At the sound o.ore* &eca#e even sadder) They see#ed .o''owed wondering what a Twink was) udden'y %ane noticed that they were going in the wrong direction) 7"ut* Mary (oppins* 2 thought you said ginger&read6this isn’t the way to Green* "rown and %ohnson’s* where we a'ways get it68 she &egan* and stopped &ecause o.ound the#se'ves outside the #ost curious shop they had ever seen) 2t was very s#a'' and very dingy) Faded 'oops o.ro# each dark wa'' o.or Miss Fannie and Miss Annie were reaching out their 'ong ar#s to the pera#&u'ator) Each shook hands so'e#n'y with one o.ro# &ehind the counter and shook hands with Mary (oppins) The huge wo#en then 'eant down over the counter and said* 7. a person was to serve the#* and were very surprised when Mary (oppins ca''ed outD 7Fannie0 Annie0 Where are youF8 .ro# the &ack o.er voice see#ed to echo &ack to the# ..ind out what kind o.or a'#ost a #inute in her huge c'asp) 72’# Annie*8 she in. it) And in a case under the g'ass were rows and rows o. it the e!pression on the .ace) "ut in spite o.o''owed at her hee's) 2nside the shop they cou'd di#'y see the g'ass@topped counter that ran round three sides o. the g'ass case* the owner o. her&et* o'd Li3uorice ticks* and very withered* very hard App'es@on@a@stick) There was a s#a'' dark doorway &etween the windows* and through this Mary (oppins prope''ed the pera#&u'ator whi'e %ane and Michae' .
or the digestion)8 7What wi'' they &e ne!t ti#eF8 asked %ane* 'ooking at Mrs Corry’s .eet #ade 'itt'e dancing #ove#ents inside the tiny e'astic@sided &oots) he ran to the pera#&u'ator and rocked it gent'y* crooking her thin* twisted* o'd . you 'ike) ti''* 2 go &ack a good way) 2 re#e#&er the ti#e when they were #aking this wor'd* anyway* and 2 was we'' out o.What6%ane and Michae'* tooF We''* isn’t this a nice surprise . up to her .t* ..ingers two new ones grew at once) %ane and Michae' c'ear'y saw it happen) 7On'y "ar'ey@sugar 6 can’t possi&'y hurt ’e#*8 the o'd 'ady said to Mary (oppins) 7Anything you give the#* Mrs Corry* cou'd on'y do the# good*8 said Mary (oppins with #ost surprising courtesy) 7What a pity*8 Michae' cou'dn’t he'p saying* 7they weren’t (epper#int "ars)8 7We''* they are* so#eti#es*8 said Mrs Corry g'ee.rightened whisper) At that Mrs Corry drew herse'.'ung &ack her wispy 'itt'e head and shrieked with 'aughter) 7O'd08 she said) 7Why* 2’# 3uite a chicken co#pared to #y Grand#other) $ow* there’s an o'd wo#an i.ying voiceD 7%ust going toF Oh* indeed0 That is very interesting) And who* #ay 2 ask* Annie* gave you per#ission to give away #y ginger&read6F8 7$o&ody* Mother) And 2 didn’t give it away) 2 on'y thought68 7Bou on'y thought0 That is very kind o.* i.ave Fannie and Annie given you anyF8 he 'ooked at %ane and Michae' as she said this) %ane shook her head) Two hushed voices ca#e .ingers with interest) 7Aha08 said Mrs Corry) 7That’s 5ust the 3uestion) 2 never know .ingers and gave one each to %ohn and "ar&ara) And the oddest part o.u'' height and regarded her gigantic daughters . sudden'y* screwing up her 'itt'e eyes at the chi'dren) 7"ut* deary #e 6 here a# 2 running on and on and you not &eing served0 2 suppose* #y dear8 6 she turned to Mary (oppins* who# she appeared to know very we'' 6 72 suppose you’ve a'' co#e . she wou'd ever &e a&'e to re#e#&er what Mrs Corry re#e#&ered) Mrs Corry . it was that in the space 'e. her .ro# &ehind the counter) 7$o* Mother*8 said Miss Fannie #eek'y) 7We were 5ust going to* Mother68 &egan Miss Annie in a . 2 can’t s'eep at night) p'endid . #y teens then) My goodness* that was a to@do* 2 can te'' you08 he &roke o.t &y the &firstname.lastname@example.org #eF 2 assure you 2 haven’t &een so surprised since Christopher Co'u#&us discovered A#erica 6 tru'y 2 haven’t08 he s#i'ed de'ighted'y as she ca#e to greet the#* and her .ten ni&&'e ’e# #yse'. two o.ierce* terri.u''y* 7and very good they taste* too) 2 o.urious'y) Then she said in a so.. . you) "ut 2 wi'' thank you not to think) 2 can do a'' the thinking
..ro# day to day what they wi'' &e) 2 take the chance* #y dear* as 2 heard Wi''ia# the Con3ueror say to his Mother when she advised hi# not to go con3uering Eng'and)8 7Bou #ust &e very o'd08 said %ane* sighing envious'y* and wondering i.or so#e Ginger&readF8 7That’s right* Mrs Corry*8 said Mary (oppins po'ite'y) 7Good) .ingers at %ohn and "ar&ara unti' they stopped crying and &egan to 'augh) 7That’s &etter08 she said* cack'ing gai'y)Then she did a very odd thing) he &roke o.
that is necessary here08 said Mrs Corry in her so. her* and .or each o. one o.ew steps o.ow #anyF8 %ane and Michae' 'ooked at Mary (oppins) 7Four each*8 she said) 7That’s twe've) One doJen)8 72’'' #ake it a "akers DoJen 6 take thirteen*8 said Mrs Corry cheer.) The huge tear co#p'ete'y drenched it* and Miss Annie* with a grate... %ane and Michae'* it stuck) Then they put theirs on 6%ane’s on the right shou'der and Michae'’s on the .ee' rather s#a'' and .u' 'ook* wrung it out &e. Mrs Corry’s coat) To the surprise o. 'aughter) 7Look at her0 %ust 'ook at her0 Cowardy@custard0 Cry&a&y08 she shrieked* pointing her knotty .erent voice) he s#i'ed and &eckoned so sweet'y to %ane and Michae' that they were asha#ed o.ind they won’t drop o.or you0 Open that case08 With .ro# A'.ront he#) Theirs stuck* too)
.u#&'ing .or pure p'easure) 7.or* in spite o.u''y) o %ane and Michae' chose thirteen s'a&s o.e't that she #ust &e very nice a.u#ph0 %ust as we'' .rightened* .ace grew serious) 7"ut re#e#&er6 2’# not giving the# away) 2 #ust &e paid) The price is threepence .inger at her daughter) %ane and Michae' turned and saw a 'arge tear coursing down Miss Annie’s huge* sad .rightened o.red the Great) .ound it was studded with threepenny@&its as a Coster’s coat is with pear' &uttons) 7Co#e a'ong) tick ’e# on08 repeated Mrs Corry* ru&&ing her hands with p'easant e!pectation) 7Bou’'' .orward and pressed her threepenny@&it against the co''ar o.t* terri&'e voice) Then she &urst into a harsh cack'e o. the#) 7GoodF8 s3ueaked Mrs Corry* and when he nodded she picked up her skirts and did a ..rightened) "ut as soon as Mrs Corry 'ooked the other way %ane seiJed the opportunity to o.er Miss Annie her handkerchie. ginger&read* each with its gi't paper star) Their ar#s were pi'ed up with the de'icious dark cakes) Michae' cou'd not resist ni&&'ing a corner o.)8 Mary (oppins stepped .ore she returned it to %ane) 7And you* Fannie 6 did you think* too* 2 wonderF8 The high 'itt'e voice was now directed at the other daughter) 7$o* Mother*8 said Miss Fannie tre#&'ing) 7. the .igh'and F'ing .ace* &ut they did not 'ike to say anything* . having &een . you)8 Mary (oppins opened her purse and took out three threepenny@&its) he gave one each to %ane and Michae') 7$ow*8 said Mrs Corry) 7 tick ’e# on #y coat0 That’s where they a'' go)8 They 'ooked c'ose'y at her 'ong &'ack coat) And sure enough they .e was a very good cook* 2 re#e#&er* though he did once &urn the cakes) .ter a'') 7Won’t you co#e and take your pick* #y 'a#&sF 2t’s a specia' recipe today 6 one 2 got . her tininess* Mrs Corry #ade the# .ingers* Miss Fannie opened the g'ass case) 7$ow* #y dar'ings*8 said Mrs Corry in 3uite a di.ooray* hooray* sp'endid* hooray08 she cried in her shri'' 'itt'e voice) Then she ca#e to a standsti'' and her .
or 'unch* and 2 #ust &e ho#e in ti#e to #ake it) That Mrs "ri''68 7A poor cookF8 en3uired Mrs Corry* interrupting) 7(oor08 said Mary (oppins conte#ptuous'y) 7That’s not the word)8 7Ah08 Mrs Corry put her .ound the#se'ves on the pave#ent* wa'king &ehind Mary (oppins who was again e!a#ining her 'ist) They turned and 'ooked &ehind the#) 7Why* %ane*8 said Michae' with surprise* 7it’s not there08 7 o 2 see*8 said %ane* staring and staring) And they were right) The shop was not there) 2t had entire'y disappeared) 7. now* Mrs Corry8 said Mary (oppins) 7There is "aked Custard .u''y* as though she were co##itting the words to #e#ory) Then she gave Mary (oppins a 'ong 'ook and nodded her head s'ight'y) Mary (oppins nodded s'ight'y in return) 2t see#ed as i..ainter and .t@hand drawer and68 7Mine are in a shoe &o! on the &otto# she'.inger a'ongside her nose and 'ooked very wise) Then she saidD 7We''* #y dear Miss (oppins* it has &een a very p'easant visit and 2 a# sure #y gir's have en5oyed it as #uch as 2 have)8 he nodded in the direction o.ow very e!traordinary*8 said %ane) 7$ot at a''* #y dear*8 said Mrs Corry* chuck'ing) 7Or rather* not so e!traordinary as other things 2 cou'd #ention)8 And she winked 'arge'y at Mary (oppins) 72’# a.ading away* and present'y* without &eing 3uite aware o.t@hand drawer and shoe &o! in the wardro&e*8 said Mrs Corry thought.ow odd08 said %ane) 72sn’t itF8 said Michae') 7"ut the Ginger&read is very good)8 And they were so &usy &iting their Ginger&read into di.ace) 72 wonder*8 she said drea#i'y* 7what you wi'' do with the paper starsF8 7Oh* we’'' keep the#*8 said %ane) 7We a'ways do)8 7Ah 6 you keep the#0 And 2 wonder where you keep the#F8 Mrs Corry’s eyes were ha'.or dinner every second unday) And now* good&ye) Co#e again soon) Co#e again so@o@o@o@n08 Mrs Corry’s voice see#ed to &e growing . c'osed and she 'ooked #ore in3uisitive than ever) 7We''*8 %ane &egan) 7Mine are a'' under #y handkerchie.'ower* a teapot 6 that they 3uite .s in the top 'e..erent shapes 6 a #an* a .u' daughters) 7And you’'' co#e again soon* won’t you* with %ane and Michae' and the "a&iesF $ow* are you sure you can carry the Ginger&readF8 she continued* turning to Michae' and %ane) They nodded) Mrs Corry drew c'oser to the#* with a curious* i#portant* in3uisitive 'ook on her . her two 'arge* #ourn. o. what had happened* %ane and Michae' .raid we #ust &e o. so#e secret had passed &etween the#) 7We''*8 said Mrs Corry &right'y* 7that is very interesting) Bou don’t know how g'ad 2 a# to know you keep your stars) 2 sha'' re#e#&er that) Bou see* 2 re#e#&er everything 6 even what Guy Fawkes had .orgot how very odd it was) They re#e#&ered it again that night* however* when the 'ights were out and they were &oth supposed
. the wardro&e*8 said Michae') 7Top 'e.7.
.or# and two gigantic .eet to the window and 'ooked down) There* outside in the Lane* stood a tiny .ro# her &ed* .aint* #ysterious 'ight) 7Co#e a'ong* co#e a'ong* we #ust hurry0 We haven’t #uch ti#e*8 said Mrs Corry* taking Mary (oppins &y the ar#) 7Look 'ive'y* you two08 And she #oved o.ortunate daughters) 7. drawers* opened a drawer and shut it again a.ro# the roo#) Michae' sat up in &ed) 7What was she doingF8 he said to %ane in a 'oud whisper) 72 don’t know) (erhaps she’s . sudden'y) 7Michae'* 'isten08 .erring to her un.ierce'y* and %ane and Michae' distinct'y heard her whisper so#ething a&out 7great ga'u#phing gira.o''owed &y Miss Fannie and Miss Annie* who were o&vious'y trying to 'ook as 'ive'y as possi&'e &ut not succeeding very we'') They
.ootsteps) (resent'y the door opened with a 'itt'e c'ick and so#e&ody ca#e into the roo#) 2t was Mary (oppins* dressed in hat and coat a'' ready to go out) he #oved a&out the roo# so.orgotten her g'oves or her shoes or68%ane &roke o.e 'istened) Fro# down &e'ow 6 in the garden* it see#ed 6 they cou'd hear severa' voices whispering together* very earnest'y and e!cited'y) With a 3uick #ove#ent %ane got out o.t'y with 3uick* secret #ove#ents) %ane and Michae' watched her through ha'.ter a #o#ent) Then* on tiptoe* she went to the wardro&e* opened it* &ent down and put so#ething in or took so#ething out /they cou'dn’t te'' which1) nap0 The wardro&e door shut 3uick'y and Mary (oppins hurried .es*8 and they knew she was re. the gate o. .ist08 said Mrs Corry sudden'y* 'istening with her head on one side* 'ike a s#a'' &ird) There was the sound o.to &e sound as'eep) 7%ane* %ane08 whispered Michae') 72 hear so#eone tiptoeing on the stairs 6 'isten08 7 ssh08 hissed %ane . &ed and &eckoned Michae') They crept on &are . so#ething that 'ooked 'ike g'ue and in the other an enor#ous paint&rush) Fro# where they stood* hidden &y the curtain* %ane and Michae' cou'd distinct'y hear their voices) 7 he’s 'ate08 Mrs Corry was saying cross'y and an!ious'y) 7(erhaps*8 Miss Fannie &egan ti#id'y* sett'ing the 'adders #ore . the .@c'osed eyes without stirring) First she went to the chest o.or she* too* had heard the .ootsteps on the path) Mrs Corry s#i'ed and waved her hand as Mary (oppins ca#e to #eet the#* carrying a #arket &asket on her ar#* and in the &asket was so#ething that see#ed to give out a . the chi'dren is i'' and she cou'dn’t68 7Get away in ti#e*8 said Miss Annie* nervous'y co#p'eting her sisters sentence) 7 i'ence08 said Mrs Corry .igures) 7Mrs Corry and Miss Fannie and Miss Annie*8 said %ane in a whisper) And so indeed it was) 2t was a curious group) Mrs Corry was 'ooking through the &ars o.* .ront door &eing 3uiedy opened and shut again* and the creak o.. $u#&er eventeen* Miss Fannie had two 'ong 'adders &a'anced on one huge shou'der* whi'e Miss Annie appeared to &e carrying in one hand a 'arge pai' o.ir#'y on her shou'der* 7one o..
her 'adder* Mrs Corry dipped her &rush into the g'ue and &egan s'apping the sticky su&stance against the sky) And Mary (oppins* when this had &een done* took so#ething shiny .ter their Mother and Mary (oppins* &ending under their 'oads) %ane and Michae' saw a'' .ro# the 'adders and the procession started down the hi'' again* Miss Fannie shou'dering the 'adders* Miss Annie 5ang'ing her e#pty g'ue pai') At the corner they stood ta'king . g'ue* and Miss Fannie swung the 'adders .ro# her &asket and . what was happening) As soon as Miss Fannie and Miss Annie had so .ootsteps died away* %ane and Michae' 'ooked at each other)Then without a word they went together to the top 'e.urious'y* sending out rays o.i!ed it to the g'ue) When she took her hand away they saw that she was sticking the Ginger&read tars to the sky) As each one was p'aced in position it &egan to twink'e .ront door opened and shut with a so. and stood up) 7What 2 want to know*8 she said*7is thisD Are the stars go'd paper or is the go'd paper starsF8 There was no rep'y to her 3uestion and she did not e!pect one) he knew that on'y so#e&ody very
.or a #o#entG then Mary (oppins shook hands with the# a'' and hurried up the Lane again) Mrs Corry* dancing 'ight'y in her e'astic@sided &oots and ho'ding her skirts dainti'y with her hands* disappeared in the other direction with her huge daughters stu#ping noisi'y &ehind her) The garden gate c'icked) Footsteps creaked on the path) The .our o. the hi''* where there were no houses &ut on'y grass and c'over* they stopped) Miss Annie put down her pai' o. her .tra#ped heavi'y a.t@hand drawer and 'ooked) There was nothing there &ut a pi'e o.i!ed the 'adders that they see#ed to &e standing with one end on the earth and the other 'eaning on the sky* Mrs Corry picked up her skirts and the paint&rush in one hand and the pai' o.oot on the 'owest rung o. %ane’s handkerchie. the 'adders and &egan to c'i#& it) Mary (oppins* carrying her &asket* c'i#&ed the other) Then %ane and Michae' saw a #ost a#aJing sight) As soon as she arrived at the top o. the# go down Cherry Tree Lane* and then they turned a 'itt'e to the 'e.s) 72 to'd you so*8 said Michae') $e!t they went to the wardro&e and 'ooked into the shoe &o!) 2t was e#pty) 7"ut howF "ut whyF8 said Michae'* sitting down on the edge o. spark'ing go'den 'ight) 7They’re ours08 said Michae' &reath'ess'y) 7They’re our stars) he thought we were as'eep and ca#e in and took the#08 "ut %ane was si'ent) he was watching Mrs Corry sp'ashing the g'ue on the sky and Mary (oppins sticking on the stars and Miss Fannie and Miss Annie #oving the 'adders to a new position as the spaces in the sky &eca#e .or hi#se'. his &ed and staring at %ane) %ane said nothing) he 5ust sat &eside hi# with her ar#s round her knees and thought and thought and thought) At 'ast she shook &ack her hair and stretched herse'.t and went up the hi'') When they got to the top o. g'ue in the other) Then she set her .i''ed up) At 'ast it was over) Mary (oppins shook out her &asket and showed Mrs Corry that there was nothing 'e.or %ane to rep'y* . one o.t c'anging sound) (resent'y they heard Mary (oppins co#e 3uiet'y up the stairs* tiptoe past the nursery and go on into the roo# where she s'ept with %ohn and "ar&ara) As the sound o.or he cou'd see .t in it)Then they ca#e down .ro# her shou'der and steadied the# unti' &oth stood in an upright position)Then she he'd one and Miss Annie the other) 7What on earth are they going to doF8 said Michae'* gaping) "ut there was no need .
ro# East to West in a day and #y way 'ies through this $ursery) orry0 hut your eyes and you won’t notice #e)8 The go'd sha.a with her .ternoon the house was very 3uiet and sti''* as though it were thinking its own thoughts* or drea#ing perhaps) Down in the kitchen Mrs "ri'' was reading the paper with her spectac'es perched on her nose) 4o&ertson Ay was sitting in the garden &usi'y doing nothing) Mrs "anks was on the drawing@roo# so.t o.ire* and the sun'ight poured in at the window* .eet up) And the house stood very 3uiet'y around the# a''* drea#ing its own drea#s* or thinking perhaps) Cpstairs in the nursery Mary (oppins was airing the c'othes &y the .#uch wiser than Michae' cou'd give her the right answerK
Chapter 2ine 3ohn and 1arbara.'ickering on the white wa''s* dancing over the cots where the &a&ies were 'ying) 72 say* #ove over0 Bou’re right in #y eyes*8 said %ohn in a 'oud voice) 7 orry08 said the sun'ight) 7"ut 2 can’t he'p it) 2’ve got to get across this roo# so#ehow) Orders is orders) 2 #ust #ove . sun'ight 'engthened across the roo#) 2t was o&vious'y #oving as 3uick'y as it cou'd in order to o&'ige %ohn) 7.s Story
%ane and Michae' had gone o. to a party* wearing their &est c'othes and 'ooking* as E''en the house#aid said when she saw the#* 75ust 'ike a shop windowD8 A'' the a.t* how sweet you are0 2 'ove you*8 said "ar&ara* ho'ding out her hands to its shining war#th)
ri''s and .oot . #y arrowroot &iscuit*8 she said* and he'd it out in her round* .s and te'egraph po'es) 4oaring and screa#ing and shouting6you’d ta'k the 'eg o.at .u#ph08 said the tar'ing* and hopped on to the rai'ing o. 6 er 6 3uiet conversation68 7Iuiet08 e!c'ai#ed %ohn* 'aughing hearti'y) 7And 2 wasn’t ta'king to you* young #an*8 said the tar'ing* hopping down on to the window si'') 7And you needn’t ta'k 6 anyway) 2 heard you .t* a#used voice that see#ed a'ways to &e . the &ars o.or severa' hours on end 'ast aturday week) Goodness* 2 thought you’d never stop 6 you kept #e awake a'' night)8 7That wasn’t ta'king*8 said %ohn) 72 was68 .ee' o. a chair* you wou'd) Worse than any sparrer* and that’s the truth)8 The tar'ing cocked his head on one side and 'ooked down at her .'ew &ack to the windowsi'') .F A'' day 'ong6yes* and ha'.or chatter) There’s a'ways so#e&ody ta'king in this roo#*8 said a shri'' voice at the window) %ohn and "ar&ara 'ooked up) 2t was the tar'ing who 'ived on the top o.u'' o. course* necessitates a certain a#ount o.e sid'ed a'ong it unti' he ca#e to the head o.e &egan ni&&'ing it greedi'y) 7Thank you08 said Mary (oppins* #eaning'y* &ut the tar'ing was too &usy eating to notice the re&uke) 72 said LThank you0’ 8 said Mary (oppins a 'itt'e 'ouder) The tar'ing 'ooked up) 7Eh 6 whatF Oh* get a'ong* gir'* get a'ong) 2’ve no ti#e .ur&e'ows)8 And he go&&'ed up a'' &ut the 'ast cru#&s o.7Good gir'*8 said the sun'ight approving'y* and #oved up over her cheeks and into her hair with a 'ight* caressing #ove#ent) 7Do you 'ike the .oot into his #outh and ran the# a'ong the p'ace where his teeth were 5ust &eginning to co#e through) 7Why do you &other to do thatF8 said "ar&ara* in her so.e paused) 72 #ean* 2 had a pain)8 7.or such . the chi#ney) 72 'ike that*8 said Mary (oppins* turning round 3uick'y) 7What a&out yourse'. the night* too* on the roo. Aunt F'ossie)
. his &iscuit) The roo# was very 3uiet) %ohn* drowsing in the sun'ight* put the toes o. her cot) 7There’s the other ha'. the cot) Then he said in a so. into a sitting position &y ho'ding on to one o. her hand and .. #eF8 it said* as though it 'oved &eing praised) 7Dee@'icious08 said "ar&ara* with a happy sigh) 7Chatter* chatter* chatter0 2 never heard such a p'ace .ro# hi# and roared with 'aughter as he thought o. 'aughter) 7There’s no&ody to see you)8 72 know*8 said %ohn* p'aying a tune on his toes) 7"ut 2 'ike to keep in practice) 2t does so a#use the Grown@ups) Did you notice that Aunt F'ossie near'y went #ad with de'ight when 2 did it yesterdayF LThe Dar'ing* the C'ever* the Marve'* the Creature0’6didn’t you hear her say a'' thatF8 And %ohn threw his .e''ow today* ehF8 "ar&ara pu''ed herse'. o.or the o'd . "ar&ara’s cot) .ist) The tar'ing swooped down* p'ucked it out o.ro# his perch on the window .t* wheed'ing voiceD 7We''* "ar&ara ")* anything .ra#e) 7We''*8 he said* 72 have #y &usiness to attend to) Consu'tations* discussions* argu#ents* &argaining) And that* o. his right .
uh08 said the tar'ing conte#ptuous'y) 7Look at ’e#0 They think they’re the Wor'd’s Wonders) Litt'e #irac'es 6 2 don’t think0 O.o'ding up one o.au't* o. one 6 at the very 'atest 6 e!cept* o.ter the age o. &oth #y socks and she said 2 was so sweet she wou'd 'ike to eat #e) 2sn’t it . course* one doesn’t e!pect Mother and Father to know a&out it 6 they don’t know anything* though they are such dar'ings 6 &ut you’d think %ane and Michae' wou'd68 7They did once*8 said Mary (oppins* .u''y pu''ing o.ir#'y) The Twins sat up and 'ooked at her) 7.ro# the re#ains o.ir#'y round her ank'es) 7We''* it’s %ane and Michae' who are si''y*8 %ohn continued) 72 know 2 shan’t . they wou'd 'ike to #urder hi#) The tar'ing 5eered) 72 say you wi''*8 he insisted) 72t isn’t your .inger) 7Bes* you wi''*8 said Mary (oppins . ta'king*8 said %ohn) 72 don’t &e'ieve 2’'' ever understand Grown@ups) They a'' see# so stupid) And even %ane and Michae' are stupid so#eti#es)8 7C#*8 agreed "ar&ara* thought.orget 6 sa#e as %ane and Michae')8 7We won’t*8 said the Twins* 'ooking at the tar'ing as i.er)8 And he 5erked his head over his shou'der at Mary (oppins) 7"ut why can she re#e#&er and not usF8 said %ohn)
. the kind* &ut speaks e!act'y the sa#e 'anguage as we do) O. his &iscuit) 7Wou'dn’t you 'ike to knowF8 7"ecause they’ve grown o'der*8 e!p'ained Mary (oppins) 7"ar&ara* put on your socks at once* p'ease)8 7That’s a si''y reason*8 said %ohn* 'ooking stern'y at her) 72t’s the true one* then*8 Mary (oppins said* tying "ar&ara’s socks . course you’'' .orehead and trying to understand) 7Aha08 said the tar'ing knowing'y* 'ooking up . course*8 he added #ore kind'y) 7Bou’'' .unny 6 when 2 say 2’d 'ike to eat so#ething 2 rea''y #ean it) "iscuits and 4usks and the kno&s o.e see#s not to know that the tar'ing says nothing o. %ane’s nightgowns) 7WhatF8 said %ohn and "ar&ara together in very surprised voices) 74ea''yF Bou #ean they understood the tar'ing and the Wind and68 7And what the trees say and the 'anguage o. the sun'ight and the stars 6 o.orget &ecause you 5ust can’t he'p it) There never was a hu#an &eing that re#e#&ered a..orgotten it a''F8 said %ohn* wrink'ing up his .orget when 2 get o'der)8 7$or 2*8 said "ar&ara* contented'y sucking her . her socks) 7For instance*8 %ohn went on* 7they don’t understand a sing'e thing we say) "ut* worse than that* they don’t understand what other things say) Why* on'y 'ast Monday 2 heard %ane re#ark that she wished she knew what 'anguage the Wind spoke)8 72 know*8 said "ar&ara) 72t’s astonishing) And Michae' a'ways insists 6 haven’t you heard hi#F 6 that the tar'ing says LWee@Twe 6 ee 6 ee0’ .7 he 'iked #y trick* too*8 said "ar&ara co#p'acent'y) 72 took o. course they did0 Once*8 said Mary (oppins) 7"ut6how is it that they’ve .. course* . &eds and so on) "ut Grown@ups never #ean what they say* it see#s to #e) he cou'dn’t have rea''y wanted to eat #e* cou'd sheF8 7$o) 2t’s on'y the idiotic way they have o.
'ew up to the window . reach) 7Thought you had #e that ti#e* didn’t youF8 he 5eered and shook his wing@.ace in her pi''ow) 7My poor ones* #y pets 6 it wi'' &e a'' right when the naughty o'd teeth co#e through*8 said Mrs "anks soothing'y* going .'icking her apron in his direction) "ut the tar'ing 'eapt aside and . 'ooks* o.t a.ro# the window) 2t was the tar'ing hurried'y swa''owing a 'augh) Mary (oppins gave hi# one 'ook) That so&ered hi#* and he continued to regard the scene without the hint o.ere* you i#pertinence08 said Mary (oppins cross'y* #aking a dart at hi# and . course6that #ust &e it*8 said Mrs "anks &right'y) 72 don’t want teeth i..it to ki'' the#se'ves0 Why* a star'ing in the egg’s got #ore sense) Look at the#08 For %ohn and "ar&ara were now crying piteous'y in their cots 6 'ong@drawn so&s o. the#) What can &e the #atterF8 7Bes* #a’a#) $o* #a’a#) 2 e!pect they’re getting their teeth* #a’a#*8 said Mary (oppins* de'i&erate'y not 'ooking in the direction o. course) One o.erent) he’s the Great E!ception) Can’t go &y her*8 said the tar'ing* grinning at the# &oth) %ohn and "ar&ara were si'ent) The tar'ing went on e!p'aining) 7 he’s so#ething specia'* you see) $ot in the #atter o. a s#i'e)
.urious'y) 72 don’t want teeth)8 72t won’t &e a'' right* it wi'' &e a'' wrong08 wai'ed "ar&ara to her pi''owD 7Bes6yes) There6there) Mother knows6Mother understands) 2t wi'' &e a'' right when the teeth co#e through*8 crooned Mrs "anks tender'y) A .ter it) Outside a 'ight wind had sprung up and was whispering gent'y to the cherry trees in the Lane) 7Listen* 'isten* the wind’s ta'king*8 said %ohn* ti'ting his head on one side) 7Do you rea''y #ean we won’t &e a&'e to hear that when we’re o'der* Mary (oppinsF8 7Bou’'' hear a'' right*8 said Mary (oppins* 7&ut you won’t understand)8 At that "ar&ara &egan to weep gent'y) There were tears in %ohn’s eyes* too) 7We''* it can’t &e he'ped) 2t’s how things happen*8 said Mary (oppins sensi&'y) 7Look at the#* 5ust 'ook at the#08 5eered the tar'ing) 7Crying . the tar'ing) 7Oh* o.eathers at her) Mary (oppins snorted) The sun'ight #oved on through the roo#* drawing its 'ong go'd sha. #y own day@o'd chicks is handso#er that Mary () ever was68 7. deep unhappiness) udden'y the door opened and in ca#e Mrs "anks) 72 thought 2 heard the &a&ies*8 she said*Then she ran to the Twins) 7What is it* #y dar'ingsF Oh* #y Treasures* #y weets* #y Love@&irds* what is itF Why are they crying so* Mary (oppinsF They’ve &een so 3uiet a'' a.aint noise ca#e .7A@a@a@h0 he’s di.ra#e* whist'ing wicked'y* we'' out o. they #ake #e .orget a'' the things 2 'ike &est*8 wai'ed %ohn* tossing a&out in his cot) 7$either do 2*8 wept "ar&ara* &urying her .ro# one cot to the other) 7Bou don’t understand08 roared %ohn .ternoon 6 not a sound out o.
ter the &irthday party the tar'ing* who had &een away on ho'iday at "ourne#outh* ca#e &ack to $u#&er eventeen* Cherry Tree Lane) 7.eather'ess cuckoos0 . s#i'e* a'' to herse'.irst one and then the other* and #ur#uring words that were #eant to &e reassuring) udden'y %ohn stopped crying) .ow are the other ones 6 the cuckoosF8 he
.'ected* that she did not understand) o* to show that he .t'y and .ond o.orgave her* he turned over on his &ack* and very do'e.u' gir'*8 said Mrs "anks proud'y* and kissed her) 7There* you see* Mary (oppins0 They’re 3uite good again) 2 can a'ways co#..e pushed his . they cou'd he'p .a0 . Mary (oppins* cocking his 'itt'e head on one side and regarding her with &right* a#used* twink'ing eyes) 7$one the &etter .a08 And with another 'oud pea' o.ter #uch trou&'e* ca#e through as a'' teeth #ust* and the Twins had their .u''y* sni. 'aughter he spread his speck'ed wings and .oot in &oth hands and ran his toes a'ong his open #outh) 7C'ever One* oh* C'ever One*8 said his Mother ad#iring'y) . &oth her socks) 7Wonder.ace through the &ars o.terwards that the teeth* a. the window) 2t was not very 'ong a.irst &irthday) The day a.e did it again and she was very p'eased) Then "ar&ara* not to &e outdone in courtesy* ca#e out o.ort the#) Iuite good* 3uite good*8 said Mrs "anks* as though she were singing a 'u''a&y) 7And the teeth wi'' soon &e through)8 7Bes* #a’a#*8 said Mary (oppins 3uiet'yG and s#i'ing to the Twins* Mrs "anks went out and c'osed the door) The #o#ent she had disappeared the tar'ing &urst into a pea' o.orget* never08 Mary (oppins s#i'ed* a secret* 2@know@&etter@than@you sort o.ace* sat up and p'ucked o.eathers6'isten to the#08 shrieked the tar'ing* as he put his wings on his hips and roared with #irth) 7As i.. his cot and ca''ed so.e had very good #anners* and he was .) 7$or 2*8 answered "ar&ara) 7Ever)8 7"'ess #y tai'@.au't* poor wo#an* that she a'ways said the wrong thing) 2t was 5ust* he re. rude 'aughter) 7E!cuse #e s#i'ing08 he cried) 7"ut rea''y 6 2 can’t he'p it) What a scene0 What a scene08 %ohn took no notice o.u''o* hu''o* hu''o0 . his Mother and re#e#&ered what was due to her) 2t was not her .ing &ack his tears* he picked up his right .ierce'y to "ar&araD 72 won’t &e 'ike the others) 2 te'' you 2 won’t) They*8 he 5erked his head towards the tar'ing and Mary (oppins* 7can say what they 'ike) 2’'' never . her pi''ow and with her tears sti'' wet on her .ere we are again08 he screa#ed 5oy.u''y* 'anding with a 'itt'e wo&&'e upon the windowsi'') 7We''* how’s the gir'F8 he en3uired cheeki'y o.orgetting0 Why* in a #onth or two 6 three at the #ost6they won’t even know what #y na#e is6 si''y cuckoos0 i''y* ha'.@grown .a0 . you0 .or your asking*8 said Mary (oppins* tossing her head) The tar'ing 'aughed) 7 a#e o'd Mary 4*8 he said) 7$o change out o.'ew out o.Mrs "anks was patting her chi'dren gent'y* . hi#) .
the head the tar'ing turned away) 7 o 6 it’s happened*8 he said 3uiet'y to Mary (oppins) he nodded) The tar'ing gaJed de5ected'y .) "ack to #y chi#ney) 2t wi'' need a spring@c'eaning* 2’'' &e &ound)8 .asked* and 'ooked across at "ar&ara’s cot) 7We''* "ar&arina*8 he &egan in his so. vigorous'y) 7We''* we'') 2 #ust &e o.e''ow today* "ar&ie dearF8 7"a@'oo 6 &a@'oo 6 &a@'oo08 #ur#ured "ar&ara* gaJing up at the cei'ing as she swa''owed the 'ast sweet cru#&) The tar'ing stared at her) 7.eathers with his &eak and then* 7Cheerio08 he said perki'y* and spread his wings and was goneK
.t* wheed'ing voice* 7anything .'ew over to %ohn’s cot and a'ighted on the rai') %ohn had a 'arge woo''y 'a#& hugged c'ose in his ar#s) 7What’s #y na#eF What’s #y na#eF What’s #y na#eF8 cried the tar'ing in a shri'' an!ious voice) 7Er@u#ph08 said %ohn* opening his #outh and putting the 'eg o.e re#ained si'ent .or a #o#ent at the Twins) Then he shrugged his speck'ed shou'ders) 7Oh* we'' 6 2 knew it wou'd) A'ways to'd ’e# so) "ut they wou'dn’t &e'ieve it)8 ..er 3uiet g'ance #et his in a 'ong 'ook) Then with a darting #ove#ent the tar'ing .e darted up to the windowpane* &rushed down his &reast@.a08 he said sudden'y* and turned and 'ooked en3uiring'y at Mary (oppins) .e .e &rushed his wing 3uick'y across his eyes) 7CryingF8 5eered Mary (oppins)The tar'ing drew hi#se'. up) 7CryingF Certain'y not) 2 have 6 er 6 a s'ight co'd* caught on #y return 5ourney 6 that’s a'') Bes* a s'ight co'd) $othing serious)8 .unny without the#* though) A'ways 'iked ta'king to the#6so 2 did) 2 sha'' #iss the#)8 .or the o'd .or a 'itt'e whi'e* staring into the cots) Then he shook hi#se'.or the o'd . surprise* hopped a 'itt'e nearer) 72 said*8 he repeated #ore distinct'y* 7is there anything .'ew on to the window@si'' and paused* 'ooking &ack over his shou'der) 72t’'' see# .e''ow todayF8 7"e@'ah@&e'ah@&e'ah@&e'ah08 said "ar&ara* crooning gent'y as she continued to eat her arrowroot &iscuit) The tar'ing* with a start o. the woo''y 'a#& into it) With a 'itt'e shake o.
) 2’# saving)8
. hi# was #ore than any se'. her way as #uch as possi&'e* .a) We can count the #oney in our #oney@&o!es* and she #ay &e &etter a.ull Moon
A'' day 'ong Mary (oppins had &een in a hurry* and when she was in a hurry she was a'ways cross) Everything %ane did was &ad* everything Michae' did was worse) he even snapped at the Twins) %ane and Michae' kept out o.or the poor &o!*8 said Mary (oppins* 'ooking over the ar# o. we go &ehind the so.ing) 7Oh no*8 said Michae' reproach.u''y) 72t’s .a and sni.penny and a threepenny@&it*8 said %ane* counting up 3uick'y) 7Four pennies and three .or #yse'. the so.ter she’s had her supper)8 o they did that) 7 i!pence and .our pennies 6that’s tenpence* and a ha'.@respecting person cou'd &e e!pected to stand) 7We sha'' &e*8 said %ane* 7i.or they knew that there were ti#es when it was &etter not to &e seen or heard &y Mary (oppins) 72 wish we were invisi&'e*8 said Michae'* when Mary (oppins had to'd hi# that the very sight o..arthings and6and that’s a''*8 sighed Michae'* putting his #oney in a 'itt'e heap) 7That’'' do nice'y .Chapter Ten .
ront o. their &eds* surprised and start'ed) 7Co#e on*8 said %ane) 7 o#ething’s happening)8 And she &egan to ru##age .urry08 urged the voice again .ore) 72 wonder*8 said Michae' thought.o''ow) (resent'y they were in the Lane* their s'ippers #aking a so.@not@'ooking at her to see how she wou'd take it) 7.o''owing the voice down streets* through a''eyways* under arches and across (arks unti'* panting and &reath'ess* they were &rought to a standsti'' &eside a 'arge turnsti'e in a wa'') 7. g'oves08 said Michae'* running round the roo# pu''ing at drawers and ..or rides then*8 said Michae'* ha'. had on'y &een a&'e to .ee'ing a'ong she'ves) 7Those’'' do) (ut the# on) 2t isn’t co'd) Co#e on)8 %ane herse'. knowing i.ro# you 6 and spit@spot* to &ed you go08 she said* and &egan to tidy the $ursery so &usi'y that she 'ooked #ore 'ike a whir'wind in a cap and apron than a hu#an &eing) 72t’s no good asking her) he knows everything* &ut she never te''s*8 said %ane) 7What’s the good o.u''y* 7what happens in the Moo at night* when every&ody’s gone ho#eF8 7Care ki''ed a cat*8 snapped Mary (oppins) 72 wasn’t caring* 2 was on'y wondering*8 corrected Michae') 7Do you knowF8 he en3uired o.or so#e c'othes in the darkness) 7.ind a 'itt'e coat o. those aeryp'anes* 2 suppose08 said Mary (oppins scorn.u#ph*8 said Mary (oppins* 7what an idea08 "ut they cou'd see she was not 3uite so cross as &e.u''y) 7$o* .ro# a near&y corner* &ut when they turned it they cou'd sti'' see nothing) They &egan to run* hand in hand* .o''owed) Whatever it was* or whoever it was* kept continua''y in . Mary (oppins* who was whisking the cru#&s o.urry08 ca''ed the voice again) 7Oh dear* a'' 2 can .ere you are08 said the voice)
. the#) They never saw it* &ut they had the distinct sensation o.7.urry* %ane and Michae'08 said the voice) 7Get so#e things on and hurry08 They 5u#ped out o. you don’t te'' anyoneF8 gru#&'ed Michae'* &ut he said it under his &reath so that Mary (oppins cou'dn’t hearK %ane and Michae' cou'd never re#e#&er having &een put to &ed so 3uick'y as they were that night) Mary (oppins &'ew out the 'ight very ear'y* and went away as hurried'y as though a'' the winds o.t hissing noise on the pave#ent as they scurried a'ong) 7.* 'ike LiJJie at the Moo) 2 cou'd take you .or one o. &eing 'ed on and on &y so#ething that constant'y &eckoned the# to .@'ooking and ha'.uh 6 .or #yse'. the ta&'e in dou&'e@3uick ti#e) 7One #ore 3uestion .or an e'ephant6a private one . the wor'd were &'owing &ehind her) 2t see#ed to the# that they had &een there no ti#e* however* when they heard a 'ow voice whispering at the door) 7. %ohn’s* &ut she s3ueeJed her ar#s into it and opened the door) There was no&ody there* &ut they see#ed to hear so#ething hurrying away down the stairs) %ane and Michae' .ind is #y sai'or hat and a pair o.
the ..ro# within) 7 pecia' Hisitors a''owed in .ter hi# to
. the turnsti'e again) %ane and Michae'* ho'ding their tickets* wa'ked on into the Moo grounds) 2n the 'ight o. go'den syrup)8 7Bou did*8 said the "ear) 7And you . hi# not to have known it was the Moo0 7"ut how sha'' we get inF8 he said) 7We’ve no #oney)8 7That’s a'' right08 said a deep* gru..7WhereF8 ca''ed Michae' to it) "ut there was no rep'y) %ane #oved towards the turnsti'e* dragging Michae' &y the hand) 7Look08 she said) 7Don’t you see where we areF 2t’s the Moo08 A very &right .) Do you know* 2 was #ore than ten days working at that 'idF "e #ore care.a''s on a Fu'' Moon) "ut you #ust e!cuse #e) 2 #ust attend to the gate)8 And the "ear turned away and &egan to spin the hand'e o..u'' #oon every tree and .ow si''y o.ar away a &eaver and an A#erican vu'ture were deep in conversation) And they a'' see#ed to the chi'dren to &e discussing the sa#e su&5ect) 7Whose "irthday is it* 2 wonderF8 said Michae'* &ut %ane was #oving ahead* gaJing at a curious sight) %ust &y the E'ephant tand a very 'arge* very .ere’s your ticket*8 the gru.ree tonight) (ush the whee'* p'ease08 %ane and Michae' pushed and were through the turnsti'e in a second) 7.ound that it ca#e .u'' #oon was shining in the sky and &y its 'ight Michae' e!a#ined the iron grating and 'ooked through the &ars) O.'ower and shru& was visi&'e* and they cou'd see the houses and cages 3uite c'ear'y) 7There see#s to &e a 'ot going on*8 o&served Michae') And indeed* there was) Ani#a's were running a&out on a'' the paths* so#eti#es acco#panied &y &irds and so#eti#es a'one) Two wo'ves ran past the chi'dren* ta'king eager'y to a very ta'' stork who was tiptoeing &etween the# with dainty* de'icate #ove#ents) %ane and Michae' distinct'y caught the words 7"irthday8 and 7Fu'' Moon8 as they went &y) 2n the distance three ca#e's were stro''ing a'ong side &y side* and not .u' in the .ro# a huge "rown "ear who was wearing a coat with &rass &uttons and a peaked cap on his head) 2n his paw were two pink tickets which he he'd out to the chi'dren) 7"ut we usua''y give tickets*8 said %ane) 7Csua' is as usua' does)Tonight you receive the#*8 said the "ear* s#i'ing) Michae' had &een regarding hi# c'ose'y) 72 re#e#&er you*8 he said to the "ear) 72 once gave you a tin o.ours* and on his &ack* on two s#a'' para''e' seats* were eight #onkeys going . course0 .or a ride) 7Why* it’s a'' upside down08 e!c'ai#ed %ane) The o'd gent'e#an gave her an angry 'ook as he went past) 7Cpside down08 he snorted) 7Me0 Cpside downF Certain'y not) Gross insu't08 The eight #onkeys 'aughed rude'y) 7Oh* p'ease62 didn’t #ean you6&ut the who'e thing*8 e!p'ained %ane* hurrying a. voice said* and* 'ooking up* they .uture)8 7"ut why aren’t you in your cageF Are you a'ways out at nightF8 said Michae') 7$o 6 on'y when the "irthday .at o'd gent'e#an was wa'king up and down on a'' .orgot to take the 'id o. voice .
orepaw he pointed towards the "ig Cat .or a &it o. his ..ered her his ar#) he took it* &ut to &e on the sa. the Lion &rightened as he saw her) 7Oh* 2 say68 he &egan) 72 didn’t know it was you0 This p'ace is so crowded tonight and 2’# in such a hurry to see the hu#ans .ind out whether 2 can swi# or not) Eh* whatF What’s thatF8 .or the occasion)8 %ane 'ooked at it) he cou'd see that it had &een care.e spoke the 'ast 3uestion to another ea' who had e#erged . 68 and then no #ore) The .or a 'ion to care a&out such thingsF 2 thought68 7What0 My dear young 'ady* the Lion* as you know* is the Eing o.irst ea') 7 peak up08 The second ea' whispered again) %ane caught the words 7 pecia' Hisitors 6 Friends o.at 'itt'e &oy* and a.ouse and ushered the# in at the entrance) %ane and Michae' caught their &reaths at the sight that #et their eyes) The great ha'' was thronged with
. that &e.ro# a s#a'' &'ack ea' who was 'eering at the# .e was such a round* ..irst ea' see#ed disappointed* &ut he said po'ite'y enough to %ane and Michae'D 7Oh* &eg pardon) ('eased to #eet you) "eg pardon)8 And he he'd out his . the Lion* &ut he see#ed kind'y enough) 7And a. the "easts) .ter a''* she thought* 'ions are 'ions6 7Does #y #ane 'ook niceF8 asked the Lion as they #oved o..) 72 had it cur'ed .raid 2 didn’t 'ook where 2 was going) Co#ing a'ongF Bou oughtn’t to #iss it* you know68 7(erhaps*8 said %ane po'ite'y* 7you’d show us the way)8 he was a 'itt'e uncertain o.eet* hai'ed the#) 7Co#e on* you two0 2n you co#e* Let’s see you dive . water) 7Co#e on* now6and see how you 'ike it08 he said) 7"ut 6 &ut we can’t swi#08 said Michae') 7Can’t he'p that08 said the ea') 7Bou shou'd have thought o. orange pee' you don’t want)8 2t was a &itter* angry voice* and 'ooking down they saw that it ca#e .'ing and panting* insisted that he had &een insu'ted* and hurried away with the #onkeys screa#ing on his &ack) %ane saw it was no good .apo'ogiJe) 7On ordinary days the ani#a's carry hu#an &eings and now there’s a hu#an &eing carrying the ani#a's)That’s what 2 #eant)8 "ut the o'd gent'e#an* shu.rightened start as she &ehe'd an enor#ous Lion) The eyes o.'ipper and shook hands 'i#p'y with the# &oth) 7Look where you’re going* can’t youF8 he shouted* as so#ething &u#ped into %ane) he turned 3uick'y and gave a 'itt'e .orget it) 2 &e'ieve a 'ion shou'd a'ways 'ook his &est no #atter where he is) This way)8 And with a grace.ed 2’# a.o''owing hi#* so she took Michae'’s hand and #oved onwards)They were start'ed when a voice* a'#ost at their .u' wave o.ro# a #oon'it poo' o.e side she kept Michae' &eside her) .e has to re#e#&er his position) And 2* persona''y* a# not 'ike'y to .ro# the water and was whispering in his ear) 7WhoF8 said the .ter a''*8 she thought* 7everything is topsyturvy tonight)8 7Dee@'ighted08 said the Lion in rather a #incing voice* and he o.ore) $o&ody ever &others to .u''y oi'ed and co#&ed into ring'ets) 7Hery*8 she said) 7"ut 6 isn’t it rather odd .
e stretched his 'ong neck out over the heads o.u''y) 7"ut how did they a'' get in thereF8 %ane asked the Lion) 7Lost*8 said the Lion) 7Or rather* 'e.t &ehind)These are the peop'e who’ve dawd'ed and &een 'e. the row) 72sn’t that68 7Ad#ira' "oo#08 said %ane* 'ooking very surprised) And Ad#ira' "oo# it was) .or so#ething) Chi'dren o. the# was knitting* &ut the other two were standing near the &ars shouting at the ani#a's and poking at the# with their u#&re''as) 7$asty &rutes) Go away) 2 want #y tea08 screa#ed one o. the#) 72sn’t she .eave away there0 "'ast #y giJJard08 shouted the Ad#ira') Every ti#e he ca#e near the &ars a tiger prodded hi# gent'y with a stick and this #ade Ad#ira' "oo# swear dread.t inside when the gates were shut) Got to put ’e# so#ewhere* so we keep ’e# here) . hu#an &eings08 And they were) 2n one cage two 'arge* #idd'e@aged gent'e#en in top hats and striped trousers were prow'ing up and down* an!ious'y gaJing through the &ars as though they were waiting .or his keeper not 'ong ago) Don’t go near hi#08 And he pointed at Ad#ira' "oo#) 7 tand &ack* p'ease* stand &ack0 Don’t crush0 Make way* p'ease08 %ane and Michae' cou'd hear severa' voices crying these words 'oud'y) 7Ah6now they’re going to &e .e’s dangerous 6 that one there0 $ear'y did . kittiwakes and vu'tures) 7 p'endid* isn’t itF8 said the Lion proud'y) 7%ust 'ike the dear o'd 5ung'e days) "ut co#e a'ong 6 we #ust get good p'aces)8 And he pushed his way through the crowd crying* 7Gangway* gangway08 and dragging %ane and Michae' a.orward into the crowd) 7..ro# the cages* so#e were standing on the seats that rose in tiers opposite) There were panthers and 'eopards* wo'ves* tigers and ante'opesG #onkeys and hedgehogs* wo#&ats* #ountain goats and gira. the cages) 7Why*8 said Michae'* opening his #outh very wide* 7they’re . .esG and an enor#ous group co#posed entire'y o. the other ani#a's and 'et a 'itt'e &oy in a sai'or@suit tick'e its nose) 2n a third cage three e'der'y 'adies in raincoats and ga'oshes were i#prisoned) One o.. the ha''* they were a&'e to get a g'i#pse o.ed08 said the Lion* e!cited'y pressing .unnyF8 said severa' o. the ani#a's* and they 'aughed 'oud'y at her) 7%ane6'ook08 said Michae'* pointing to the cage at the end o. a'' shapes and siJes* .u'' o.ro# &a&ies in 'ong c'othes upwards* were scra#&'ing a&out in another cage) The ani#a's outside regarded these with great interest and so#e o.ter hi#) (resent'y* through a 'itt'e c'earing in the #idd'e o. the# tried to #ake the &a&ies 'augh &y thrusting their paws or their tai's in through the &ars) A gira.ere co#e the keepers)8 Four "rown "ears* each wearing a peaked cap* were trund'ing tro''eys o.ani#a's) o#e were 'eaning over the 'ong &ar that separated the# .ood a'ong the 'itt'e corridor that separated the ani#a's .e was ra#ping up and down in his cage* coughing* and &'owing his nose* and sp'uttering with rage) 7"'ast #y giJJard0 A'' hands to the (u#p0 Land* ho0 .ro# their cages) 7 tand &ack* there08 they said* whenever an ani#a' got in the way) Then they opened a s#a'' door in
u''y as she approached) 72 can’t think*8 she heard Michae' saying* apparent'y in answer to a 3uestion) The (enguin turned to %ane) 7(erhaps you can te'' #e*8 he said) 7$ow* what rhy#es with MaryF 2 can’t use Lcontrary’ &ecause that has &een done &e. &ee.airy’* don’t) 2’ve thought o.raid 2’'' have to give it up) Bou see* 2 was trying to write a poe# . the#* sid'ing away* swinging his cur'ed #ane* his go'den &ody dapp'ed with #oon'ight and shadow) 7Oh* p'ease68 %ane ca''ed a.ound that he was no 'onger &y her side) .each cage and thrust the . you’'' e!cuse #e* 2 #ust &e getting a'ong) ee you 'ater at the Grand Chain* 2 hope) 2’'' 'ook out .ood through on pronged . the path with a 'arge copy&ook under one wing and an enor#ous penci' under the other) .orks and &egan to eat ravenous'y) ('ates o.or'orn'y) 72’# a. cages* a great co##otion was heard) 7"'ast #y vita's 6 ca'' that a #ea'F A ski#py 'itt'e round o.using*8 said %ane) 7Whose &irthday is it* 2 wonderF8 7$ow* co#e a'ong* you two* co#e a'ong)Bou want to pay your respects* 2 suppose* it &eing the
.urther) 2t’s very annoying) They e!pect so#ething 'earned . us)8 he turned to Michae'* &ut .s over their striped trousers and &egan to eat) (resent'y* as the keepers passed down the 'ine o.ter hi#* she . what was happenings through a gap &etween a panther and a dingo) "ott'es o.t 'itt'e gra&s with their hands and c'utched the# greedi'y) The o'der chi'dren snatched sponge cakes and doughnuts .ound hi# ta'king to a (enguin who was standing in the #idd'e o.or the "irthday) 2 thought it wou'd &e so nice i.e 6 that one*8 said the Lion) %ane and Michae' did not need to &e to'd who# he #eant) They knew Ad#ira' "oo#’s 'anguage too we'') 7We''*8 said the Lion* as the noise in the ha'' grew 'ess uproarious) 7That appears to &e the end) And 2’# a. hearing) 72 wanted to ask hi# i. that a'ready* &ut as it’s not a &it 'ike her* it won’t do)8 7.airy*8 said Michae' &right'y) 7.##) $ot poetic enough*8 o&served the (enguin) 7What a&out Lwary’F8 said %ane) 7We''68 The (enguin appeared to &e considering it) 72t’s not very good* is itF8 he said .orks) %ane and Michae' had a good view o.e’s turned nasty) 2 te'' you* he’s not sa.ore and one #ust &e origina') 2. ca&&ages0 What 6 no Borkshire puddingF Outrageous0 Cp with the anchor0 And where’s #y portF (ort* 2 say0 . 2 &eganD LO Mary* Mary6’ and then 2 cou'dn’t get any .ter hi#) "ut he was out o.e had #oved away a'ong one o. #i'k were &eing thrown in to the &a&ies* who #ade so. the paths and* running a. they’d ever get out) The poor hu#ans0 Why* it #ight have &een %ohn and "ar&ara6or any o.raid* i.ro# the .or the 'adies in ga'oshes* and the gent'e#en in top hats had 'a#& cut'ets and custard in g'asses) These* as they received their . and a coup'e o. it thought.eave her over0 "e'ow there* where’s the Ad#ira'’s portF8 7Listen to hi#0 . you’re going to say L.e was &iting the end o.ood* took it away into a corner* spread handkerchie.or you)8 And* 'eading the# to the door* he took his 'eave o.ro# a penguin* and 2 don’t want to disappoint the#) We''* we'' 6 you #ustn’t keep #e) 2 #ust get on with it)8 And with that he hurried away* &iting his penci' and &ending over his copy&ook) 7This is a'' very con. thin &read@and@&utter and who'e#ea' scones were provided .
ere we are* here we are08 said the "rown "ear* stopping &e. the cages* sat Mary (oppins) %ane and Michae' cou'd hard'y &e'ieve their eyes) 7Coup'a &irthday guests* #a’a#*8 announced the "rown "ear respect. that dark s'eepiness a wake.est thing to say* &ut not knowing in the 'east who# they were to pay their respects to) The "rown "ear put an ar# round each o.'y* as though he were ha'.sssst0 .t* terri.ouse) A'' the cages were open and the snakes were out 6 so#e cur'ed 'aJi'y into great sca'y knots* others s'ipping gent'y a&out the . a.ore either o.ace was s#a''er and #ore wiJened than anything they had ever seen) They took a step .ront ha'.e turned his head) 7"e seated* .e'' on a Fu'' Moon* #y dear)8 .ur &rushing against their &odies and hear the ru#&'ings his voice #ade in his sto#ach as he ta'ked) 7.ro# one o.ee' his war# so. the cages there ca#e* with s'ow* so. the# had ti#e to rep'y there was a stir in the nake .ro# the 'argest o.irst* &ut their eyes soon &eca#e accusto#ed to it and they saw that they were in the nake .a#adryad turned the# to %ane and Michae'* and with a 'itt'e shiver they saw that his ..'oor) And in the #idd'e o..a#adryad and Mary (oppins) The ."irthday and a''08 said a voice &ehind the# and* turning* they saw the "rown "ear who had given the# their tickets at the gate) 7Oh* o. the snakes* on a 'og that had evident'y &een &rought .or his curious deep eyes see#ed to draw the# towards hi#) Long and narrow they were* with a dark s'eepy 'ook in the#* and in the #idd'e o. o.t* winding #ove#ents* a .'oor again* coi'ed the#se'ves up* and gaJed steadi'y at the .irst on one cheek and then on the other) 7 o08 he hissed so.ying voice* 'ooking at the chi'dren en3uiring'y) 7Miss %ane "anks and Master Michae' "anks* at your service*8 said the "rown "ear gru. the# and prope''ed the# a'ong the path) They cou'd .u' curves past the &owing snakes and the "rown "ear* towards Mary (oppins) And when he reached her* he raised the .sssst08 The snakes* with a so. it hadn’t &een a #oon'ight night you wou'd have thought the sun was shining) The "ear opened the door and gent'y pushed the two chi'dren through it) The 'ight daJJ'ed the# at . his 'ong go'den &ody* and* thrusting upwards his sca'y go'den hood* dainti'y kissed her* .riends08 he said* &owing gracious'y to the other snakes* who* at that word* s'id reverent'y to the .a#adryad) .u''y) The snakes turned their heads en3uiring'y towards the chi'dren) Mary (oppins did not #ove) "ut she spoke) 7And where’s your overcoat* #ay 2 askF8 she de#anded* 'ooking cross'y &ut without surprise at Michae') 7And your hat and g'ovesF8 she snapped* turning to %ane) "ut &e.e s'id in grace.riends)8
.er . his peaked cap) And s'ow'y Mary (oppins* too* stood up) 7My dear chi'd) My very dear chi'd08 said a s#a''* de'icate* hissing voice) And out .t .t hissing sound* were rising up on end and &owing to so#ething &ehind %ane and Michae') The "rown "ear took o.t'y) 7This is very p'easant 6 very p'easant* indeed) 2t is 'ong since your "irthday .raid) 7.ouse) 7.ore a s#a'' house whose windows were a'' so &right'y 'it that i. course08 said %ane* thinking that was the sa.orward* .u' 'ight 'ike a 5ewe') 7And who* #ay 2 ask* are theseF8 he said in his so.
sst08 he went on* and spread out his hood as though he were 'istening with it) 7Do 2 not hear the signa' .ro# side to side* and it see#ed to %ane and Michae' as they watched that 'itt'e waves were running up his &ody .urry knee) %ane said* in a whisperD 7.. our wor'd 6 the wisest and #ost terri&'e o.or the Grand ChainF8 Every&ody 'istened) A &e'' was ringing and a deep gru.t* dear Mary* &ut it #ay serve . a Eing 6 as they had not .ouse &ut the sound o.u'* you know)8 And with that he &egan to sway gent'y .or she kept running the skin &ackwards and .e't when they #et the Lion 6 with di.a#adryad* as Mary (oppins &ent to pick up the skin) 72 wi'' write a Greeting upon it)8 And he ran his tai' very 3uick'y a'ong his thrown skin* de.e’s the 'ord o.ore* had ti#e to give the 3uestion o. us a''*8 said the "rown "ear so. shining si'ver) 7Wait08 said the .ro# the tai' to the head) udden'y he gave a 'ong* twisting* corkscrew 'eap and his go'den outer skin 'ay on the .'oor* and in its p'ace he was wearing a new coat o.ro# ti#e to ti#e and that one #ore or 'ess #eans 'itt'e to #e) A# 2 not6F8 he paused and 'ooked round hi#) 7The Lord o.ered it gracious'y to Mary (oppins) he took it* &owing) 72 5ust can’t thank you enough68 she &egan* and paused) he was evident'y very p'eased* .a#adryad s#i'ed* a 'ong* s'ow* secret s#i'e* and turned to Mary (oppins) 7Cousin*8 he &egan gent'y hissing) 72s she rea''y his cousinF8 whispered Michae') 7First cousin once re#oved 6 on the #other’s side*8 returned the "rown "ear* whispering the in.ro# that co#pe''ing gaJe and 'ooked round . and o. your "irthday (resent so#e consideration)And 2 have decided86 he paused* and there was no sound in the nake .a#adryad he'd up his hood . you68 &egan Mary (oppins* &ut the .e’s going to give the "irthday (resent)8 7Cousin*8 repeated the . shoes* even a hat&and6 these things a'ways co#e in use.a#adryad nodded) 7 o*8 he said* 7what see#s good to #e wi'' see# so to you) 2t is a s#a'' enough gi.or so#ething to sit on) The "rown "ear provided this &y s3uatting down hi#se'. the %ung'e*8 hissed a'' the snakes in unison* as though the 3uestion and the answer were part o.e is) .ering the# each a .icu'ty drew their eyes .a#adryad* 7it is 'ong since your "irthday .ingers and 'ooking at it ad#iring'y) 7Don’t try*8 said the .t'y and reverent'y) The . #any creatures a'' ho'ding their &reath 6 7that 2 cannot do &etter than give you one o.orwards through her .. voice cou'd &e heard co#ing nearer and nearer* crying outD
.a#adryad) 7.or si'ence) 7$ot at a'') $ot at a'') Bou know that 2 change #y skin ..e ta'ks as though he were a great 'ord)8 7. a we''@known cere#ony) The .7Ah* her .or#ation &ehind his paw) 7"ut* 'isten now) .e'' on the Fu'' Moon and 'ong since we have &een a&'e to ce'e&rate the event as we ce'e&rate it tonight) 2 have* there.t'y &ent the go'den sheath into a circ'e* and diving his head through this as though it were a crown* o.or a &e't or a pair o.ee'ing so#ehow that they were in the presence o. #y own skins)8 72ndeed* cousin* it is too kind o..riends)Then they are we'co#e) My dears* pray &e seated)8 %ane and Michae'* .
course) LDearie’ does not rhy#e e!act'y with Mary) "ut it’'' do* it’'' do08 and he skipped o.a#adryad) 7Bou thoughtF8 7We''6that 'ions and &irds* and tigers and 'itt'e ani#a's68 The .riend the Lion* dancing past* &ent down to take the wing o. his hood directed the# to wa'k one on either side o. a "raJi'ian (heasant in his paw* %ane shy'y tried to put her .a#adryad very cere#onious'y* and without a &ackward g'ance at the chi'dren went running towards the huge green s3uare in the centre o.a#adryad secret and sti'' &etween the#) As their .ee'ing con.e caught sight o. with his cap in his hand to where a'' the other ani#a's were congregating round Mary (oppins) 7Wi'' you go with #eF8 said the .a#adryad kind'y to %ane and Michae') And without waiting .ect* o. the#* &owed to the ..a#adryad* s#i'ing) 7Bou #ust &e o.ouse) Mary (oppins &owed towards the .* #y dear) They’'' &e waiting . and o.e't the "rown "ear #oving under the# as they stood up) (ast their .urry away08 said the . the ring* and e!changing hand and wing as they went as dancers do in the Grand Chain o. the Moo) 7Bou #ay 'eave us*8 said the .riends)8 %ane and Michae' . the Lancers) A 'itt'e piping voice rose high a&ove the restD 7Oh* Mary* Mary* he’s #y Dearie* he’s #y Dear@i@o08 And they saw the (enguin co#e dancing &y* waving his short wings and singing 'usti'y) .ter &owing hu#&'y* ran o.ered his wing to a 'eopard) %ane and Michae' watched the dance* the .or the Grand Chain and Fina'e) Co#e a'ong* co#e a'ong) tand ready ..ro# the Green* the chi'dren cou'd guess that he #eant the Grand Chain) As they drew nearer they cou'd hear the ani#a's singing and shouting* and present'y they saw 'eopards and 'ions* &eavers ca#e's* &ears* cranes* ante'opes and #any others a'' .a#adryad to the "rown "ear who* a. your young .or#ing the#se'ves into a ring round Mary (oppins) Then the ani#a's &egan to #ove* wi'd'y crying their %ung'e songs* prancing in and out o.ee'ings into words) 72 thought* ir68 she &egan and stopped* .. as he had done &e.or the# to rep'y he s'id &etween the#* and with a #ove#ent o.ee' a'' the snakes s'ipping and writhing as they hurried .or the Grand Chain08 72 thought so*8 said the .a#adryad) 72 wi'' take care o.or you to take your p'ace in the centre) Farewe''* ti'' your ne!t "irthday)8 And he raised hi#se'.eet they cou'd ..a#adryad he'ped her) 7Bou thought that they were natura' ene#ies* that the 'ion cou'd not #eet a &ird without eating it* nor the tiger the hare6ehF8 %ane &'ushed and nodded)
.7Grand Chain* Grand Chain0 Every&ody to the centre .a#adryad* and ca''ed outD 72 got it 6 did you hear #e singing itF 2t’s not per.ore and 'ight'y sa'uted Mary (oppins on &oth cheeks) 7.used* and not sure whether she ought to say it or not) 7 peak* #y chi'd08 said the .ro# the nake . hi#) 72t has &egun*8 he said* hissing with p'easure) And .ro# the 'oud cries that were now co#ing .
ing) 7Eat your porridge* p'ease* or you wi'' have no &uttered toast)8 "ut %ane wou'd not &e put o.aces) 7As'eep and drea#ing6&oth o. it was68 he 'ooked curious'y at Mary (oppins* who was &oi'ing the #i'k) 7Mary (oppins*8 she said* 7cou'd Michae' and 2 have drea#ed the sa#e drea#F8 7Bou and your drea#s08 said Mary (oppins* sni.ro# the great and the great protect the s#a'') Even 268 he paused and see#ed to &e thinking deep'y* 7even 2 can #eet a "arnac'e goose without any thought o.ore the#) "irds and ani#a's were now swaying together* c'ose'y encirc'ing Mary (oppins* who was rocking 'ight'y .* re#e#&er* we o. the#*8 said a whispering voice) Was it the voice o.a#adryad* or their #other’s voice as she tucked the# in* on her usua' night'y round o.ind a rhy#e* and the ..ainter) %ane and Michae'* as they 'istened* . dinner 6 on this occasion) And a.7Ah 6 you #ay &e right) 2t is pro&a&'e) "ut not on the "irthday*8 said the . the $urseryF 7Good)8 Was that the "rown "ear gru.ree .'y speaking* or Mr "anksF %ane and Michae'* rocking and swaying* cou'd not te''K cou'd not te''K 72 had such a strange drea# 'ast night*8 said %ane* as she sprink'ed sugar over her porridge at &reak.ro# side to side) "ackwards and .orwards went the swaying crowd* keeping ti#e together* swinging 'ike the pendu'u# o. the %ung'e* you o. ani#a's in the cages there were hu#an &eings* and a'' the ani#a's were outside68 7Why* that’s #y drea#) 2 drea#t that* too*8 said Michae'* 'ooking very surprised) 7We can’t &oth have drea#t the sa#e thing*8 said %ane) 7Are you sureF Do you re#e#&er the Lion who cur'ed his #ane and the ea' who wanted us to68 7Dive . swayed &etween the chi'dren) 7Chi'd and serpent* star and stone 6 a'' one)8 The hissing voice grew so.t'y . creatures &e.ast) 72 drea#t we were at the Moo and it was Mary (oppins’ &irthday* and instead o.a#adryad) 7Tonight the s#a'' are . they were &eing rockedK o. the swaying ani#a's dwind'ed and &eca#e .a#adryad’s hissing voice) 7Look08 and he nodded his head towards the #oving #ass o.ter a''*8 he went on* ..ter) The cries o.a#adryad* so. the .e't the#se'ves gent'y rocking too* or as i.. the sa#e stu.o'ding his hood a&out hi# as he hi#se'.orked tongue in and out as he spoke* 7it #ay &e that to eat and &e eaten are the sa#e thing in the end) My wisdo# te''s #e that this is pro&a&'y so) We are a'' #ade o.'icking his terri&'e 'itt'e .ting gent'y* and the #oon see#ed to &e rocking in the sky as a ship rocks on the sea) 7"ird and &east and stone and star6we are a'' one* a'' one68 #ur#ured the .a#adryad68 7Then it cou'dn’t have &een a drea# at a''*8 said %ane e#phatica''y) 72t #ust have &een true) And i. a c'ock) Even the trees were &ending and 'i.e'' on their .t* shaded 'ight . course 2 do0 And the &a&ies inside the cage* and the (enguin who cou'dn’t .or orange pee'F8 said Michae') 7O..) he had to know) 7Mary (oppins*8 she said* 'ooking very hard at her* 7were you at the Moo 'ast nightF8
. the City) The sa#e su&stance co#poses us6the tree overhead* the stone &eneath us* the &ird* the &east* the star 6 we are a'' one* a'' #oving to the sa#e end) 4e#e#&er that when you no 'onger re#e#&er #e* #y chi'd)8 7"ut how can tree &e stoneF A &ird is not #e) %ane is not a tiger*8 said Michae' stout'y) 7Bou think notF8 said the .
ter a'')8 "ut Michae' was staring* open@#outhed* at Mary (oppins* who was now #aking toast at the .yenas* orang@ utans* a'' o.e pointed* and %ane* too* saw what he was 'ooking at) 4ound her waist Mary (oppins was wearing a &e't #ade o.Mary (oppins’ eyes popped) 7At the MooF 2n the #idd'e o.ire) 7%ane*8 he said in a shri'' whisper*7%ane* 'ook08 . the "us) 72 s#e'' Christ#as trees*8 said Michae')
. you) it up straight* and no #ore nonsense)8 %ane poured out her #i'k) 7Then it #ust have &een a drea#*8 she said* 7a. the nightF MeF A 3uiet order'y person who knows that ear'y to &ed* ear'y to rise #akes a #an hea'thy* wea'thy and wiseF8 7"ut were youF8 %ane persisted) 72 have a'' 2 need o. go'den sca'y snakeskin* and on it was written in curving* snaky writingD 7A (resent Fro# the Moo)8
Chapter Eleven Christmas Shoppin*
72 s#e'' snow*8 said %ane* as they got out o. Joos in this nursery* thank you*8 said Mary (oppins uppish'y) 7.
*8 she said) 72 a# sure they wi'' 'end it to #e)8 Mary (oppins then had a great argu#ent with Father Christ#as over a cake o.or Daddy*8 said Michae'* se'ecting a c'ockwork train with specia' signa's) 72 wi'' take care o.e't sure* her Mother had a'ways wanted) 7(erhaps she wi'' 'end it to #e so#eti#es)8 A.* particu'ar'y noticing how nice her new g'oves with the .or hi# when he goes to the City)8 72 think 2 wi'' get this .'ected there) 7Look* aerop'anes08 said Michae'* as they stopped &e.e&uoyF8 said Father Christ#as* trying to &e he'p. it .ter that* Michae' chose a packet o. a ree' o.or 4o&ertson Ay* a pair o. 'ooking at the# in the shop windows with her hands inside the#) And having e!a#ined the re. and shoes* with herse'.or each o.ternoons* she knew* were short* and they had to &e ho#e &y tea ti#e) o with a sigh she wrenched herse'. hairpins . &'ack cotton) 7The Toy Depart#ent*8 Michae' re#inded her* 7is in that direction)8 72 know* thank you) Don’t point*8 she said* and paid her &i'' with aggravating s'owness) "ut at 'ast they .or Mr "anks* and she &ought 4o&inson Crusoe .or Mrs "ri'' who a'ways wore s'ippers) %ane* a.ter so#e hesitation* eventua''y decided that a white dickey wou'd &e 5ust the thing .or Mother*8 said %ane* pushing a s#a'' do''’s pera#&u'ator which* she .or the "us had stopped outside the Largest hop in the Wor'd* and they were a'' going into it to do their Christ#as shopping) 7May we 'ook at the windows . away .u''y over her who'e person6coat* hat* scar. re. that)
. the Twins and a Meccano set . inside 6 and she thought that* on the who'e* she had never seen any&ody 'ooking 3uite so s#art and distinguished) "ut the winter a.or the Twins to read when they grew up) 7Cnti' they are o'd enough* 2 can read it #yse'.or she was &eing rather snappy) 72 pre. soap) 7Why not Li.or his Mother* a #echanica' &eet'e .u' and 'ooking an!ious'y at Mary (oppins* .'ection) 7$ow we wi'' go in*8 she said* and annoyed %ane and Michae' very #uch &y 'ingering at the . spectac'es .ur tops 'ooked) They were the .a&erdashery counter and taking great trou&'e over the choice o.or E''en* whose eyesight was per.ect'y good* and so#e &oot'aces .ried .ound the#se'ves a'ongside Father Christ#as* who went to the greatest trou&'e in he'ping the# choose their presents) 7That wi'' do nice'y .irstF8 said Michae'* hopping e!cited'y on one 'eg) 72 don’t #ind*8 said Mary (oppins with surprising #i'dness) $ot that %ane and Michae' were rea''y very surprised* .ore a window in which toy aerop'anes were careering through the air on wires) 7And 'ook there08 said %ane) 7Two tiny &'ack &a&ies in one crad'e 6 are they choco'ate* do you think* or chinaF8 7%ust 'ook at you08 said Mary (oppins to herse'.'ection o.irst pair she had ever had* and she thought she wou'd never grow tired o. a'' was 'ooking in shop windows) They knew* too* that whi'e they saw toys and &ooks and ho''y@&oughs and p'u# cakes Mary (oppins saw nothing &ut herse'.ro# her g'orious re.72 s#e'' . the g'oves she went care.er Hino'ia*8 she said haughti'y* and she &ought a cake o.or they knew that the thing Mary (oppins 'iked doing &est o.ish*8 said Mary (oppins) And then there was no ti#e to s#e'' anything e'se* .
or so#eone) Then* with a start o. 'ike a cup o.7My goodness*8 she said* s#oothing the .or she went round and round inside it* pushing it so that it shou'd spin .or no&ody* she . p'easure* she caught sight o.igure o..* sprang away . %ane and Michae' and Mary (oppins as they stood* ha'.raid 2’# a 'itt'e 'ate*8 said the chi'd* stretching out her &right ar#s to %ane and Michae') 7$ow*8 she cocked her head on one side* 7aren’t you g'ad to see #eF ay yes* say yes08 7Bes*8 said %ane s#i'ing* .or you to &e .aster and 'aughing as it caught her and sent her whir'ing round and round) Then sudden'y* with a 3uick 'itt'e #ove#ent she .'y0 Ah* do 'et #e .or waiting) 2’# a. his parce's) 72.ir tree* and ran towards the# 5oyous'y) 7Ah* there you are0 Thank you . on'y she wou'd say LBes’ .ive #inutes 'onger*8 p'eaded %ane) 7Ah do* Mary (oppins0 Bou 'ook so nice in your new g'oves*8 said Michae' wi'i'y) "ut Mary (oppins* though she appreciated the re#ark* was not taken in &y it) 7$o*8 she said* and c'osed her #outh with a snap and sta'ked towards the doorway) 7Oh* dear08 said Michae' to hi#se'.* as he .'y08 %ane and Michae' hurried away* c'osing their ears to those enchanting voices* and .e't* cou'd he'p &eing g'ad to see anyone so &right and happy) 7"ut who are youF8 she en3uired curious'y) 7What is your na#eF8 said Michae'* gaJing at her)
.'ickering .ur on her right@hand g'ove) 72 wou'dn’t ha'.ee'ing that the ti#e in the Toy Depart#ent had &een unreasona&'y and crue''y short) And then* 5ust as they ca#e towards the shop entrance* the adventure happened) They were 5ust a&out to spin the g'ass door and go out* when they saw co#ing towards it .ro# the sky to wrap round her naked &ody) 2t was evident that she did not know #uch a&out spinning doors* . that 'ooked as though she had torn it .e't that* indeed* there wasn’t) 7And it is ti#e to go ho#e)8 There0 he had said the very words they had &een hoping she wou'dn’t say) That was so 'ike Mary (oppins) 7%ust .unny*8 said Mary (oppins* in such a voice that Michae' .or once08 "ut Mary (oppins hurried on and they had to go with her) "ehind the# Father Christ#as was waving his hand* and the Fairy Iueen on the Christ#as tree and a'' the other do''s were s#i'ing sad'y and saying* 7Take #e ho#e* so#e&ody08 and the aerop'anes were a'' &eating their wings and saying in &ird@'ike voices* 7Let #e . tea08 7Wou'd you 3uarter 'ike it* thoughF8 asked Michae') 7There is no ca'' .reed herse'. a chi'd) 7Look08 said %ane and Michae' &oth together) 7My gracious* goodness* g'ory #e08 e!c'ai#ed Mary (oppins* and stood sti'') And we'' she #ight* .ro# it and 'anded inside the shop) he paused on tiptoe* turning her head this way and that* as though she were 'ooking .o''owed her* staggering under the weight o.ro# the pave#ent the running* .@hidden &ehind an enor#ous .or the chi'd had practica''y no c'othes on* on'y a 'ight wispy strip o. &'ue stu.
course) he’s sti'' too young to stay up a'' night) he’s such a &a&y that she has to go to &ed very ear'y) o#e o. and gritty) The shopwa'kers &ehaved curious'y* too) As the 'itt'e group passed they &owed to Maia as though she
.ive o. the# you can’t see)8 7. the chi'd’s dress and her &rightness) 7Does it 6 does it*8 she whispered* 7&egin with an MF8 The chi'd hopped on one 'eg de'ighted'y) 7O.ew steps and &urst out again in her e!cited 'itt'e voiceD 7Oh* %ane0 Oh* Michae'62’ve o.e said one evening 'ast su##erD 7Look* there are the ('eiades) even stars a'' together* the s#a''est in the sky) "ut there is one o. course it does 6 and you know it) M@A@2@A) 2’# Maia)8 he turned to %ane and Michae') 7$ow you recogniJe #e* don’t youF 2’# the second o.irst introduced us6don’t you re#e#&erF .or her) What can her parents &e thinking o.t and gent'e) 72 #ean to say608 said the Fathers) 72t shou'dn’t &e a''owed) Must write to The Ti#es a&out it)8 And their voices were unnatura''y gru.ten* you know* &ecause we’re so &usy #aking and storing up the pring 4ains) That’s the specia' 5o& o.'ected the &'ue o.ires in her eyes as though they re.08 said the Mothers* with voices that were sudden'y so.7Who a# 2F What is #y na#eF Don’t say you don’t know #eF Oh* sure'y* sure'y68 The chi'd see#ed very surprised and a 'itt'e disappointed) he turned sudden'y to Mary (oppins and pointed her . the ('eiades) .or the# a'') We can’t get away very o.. the ('eiades) E'ectra 6 she’s the e'dest 6 cou'dn’t co#e &ecause she’s #inding Merope) Merope’s the &a&y* and the other . happi'y) 7$ow* co#e on) 2 can’t stay very 'ong) And you #ust co#e &ack and he'p #e choose)8 And dancing a&out the#* running now to one and now to another* she shepherded the# &ack to the Toy Depart#ent) As they went* the crowds o.owever* we drew 'ots and 2 won) Wasn’t it 'uckyF8 he hugged herse'.irst not to have a &oy* &ut now she doesn’t #ind)8 The chi'd danced a . the# up there ca'' us the Litt'e isters* and so#eti#es we are ca''ed the even Doves* &ut Orion ca''s us LBou gir's’ and takes us hunting with hi#)8 7"ut what are you doing hereF8 de#anded Michae'* sti'' very surprised) Maia 'aughed) 7Ask Mary (oppins) 2 a# sure she knows)8 7Te'' us* Mary (oppins*8 said %ane) 7We''*8 said Mary (oppins snappi'y* 72 suppose you two aren’t the on'y ones in the wor'd that want to go shopping at Christ#as68 7That’s it*8 s3uea'ed Maia de'ighted'y) 7 he’s 3uite right) 2’ve co#e down to &uy toys .inger) 7 he knows #e) Don’t youF 2’# sure you know #e08 There was a curious 'ook on Mary (oppins’ .ten watched you .ace) %ane and Michae' cou'd see &'ue . us co#e in &etween 6 a'' gir's) Our Mother was very disappointed at .e #eant Merope* o.ro# the sky* and now 2’# actua''y ta'king to you) There is nothing a&out you 2 don’t know) Michae' doesn’t 'ike having his hair &rushed* and %ane has a thrush’s egg in a 5a# 5ar on the #ante'piece) And your Father is going &a'd on the top) 2 'ike hi#) 2t was he who . shoppers stood and stared at the# and dropped their parce's with astonish#ent) 7 o co'd .
or the toysF8
.'ickered ..or herF Bou’'' tie the# care. the#) Bou #ust he'p #e* p'ease*8 said Maia* s#i'ing at hi#) 7Certain'y* #ada#*8 said the Assistant agreea&'y) 7First 6 #y e'dest sister*8 said Maia) 7 he’s very do#estic) What a&out that 'itt'e stove with the si'ver saucepansF Bes) And that striped &roo#) We are so trou&'ed with tardust* and she wi'' 'ove having that to sweep it up with)8 The Assistant &egan wrapping the things in co'oured paper) 7$ow .ir#'y knotted) 7That’s right*8 she said) 7Bou see* 2 #ustn’t drop anything)8 Michae'* who had &een staring steadi'y at her ever since she .icu't) he’s so 3uiet and thought.or teropeF8 7What a&out a topF8 said Michae'* giving the 3uestion his earnest consideration) 7A hu##ing topF What a good idea0 he wi'' 'ove to watch it go wa'tJing and singing down the sky) And what do you think .or Taygete) he 'ikes dancing) Don’t you think* %ane* a skipping@rope wou'd &e 5ust the thing .or Merope* the &a&y* %aneF8 7%ohn and "ar&ara*8 said %ane shy'y* 7have ru&&er ducks08 Maia gave a de'ighted s3uea' and hugged herse'.t) Michae'* what wou'd you advise .ere we are08 said Maia* as she pranced into the Toy Depart#ent) 7$ow* what sha'' we chooseF8 An Assistant* with a start* &owed respect.were a Iueen) "ut none o. she doesn’t* she can 'ook at the pictures) Wrap it up08 he handed the &ook to the Assistant) 72 know what Ce'aeno wants*8 she went on) 7A hoop) he can &ow' it across the sky in the dayti#e and #ake a circ'e o.or Merope* p'ease6a &'ue one with ye''ow eyes)8 The assistant tied up the parce's* whi'e Maia ran round hi#* pushing at the paper* giving a tug to the string to #ake sure that it was .u''y* won’t youF8 she said to the Assistant) 72 have a 'ong way to go)8 he ..u''y as soon as he saw her) 72 want so#ething . the#6not %ane* nor Michae'* nor Mary (oppins* nor Maia6noticed nor heard anything e!traordinary) They were too &usy with their own e!traordinary adventure) 7. it to spin a&out her at night) he’'' 'ove that red and &'ue one)8 The Assistant &owed again and &egan to wrap up the hoop) 7$ow there are on'y the two 'itt'e ones 'e. the# to another asking their advice) 7Then there’s A'cyone) he’s di.) 7Oh* %ane* how wise you are0 2 shou'd never have thought o. #y sisters 6 si! o. her as she .or a #o#ent* &ut wa'king with a 'ight 3uicksi'ver step* as though she were sti'' twink'ing in the sky) Mary (oppins and %ane and Michae' cou'd not take their eyes o.ro# one o.or each o.'uttered on a#ong the toys* never standing sti'' . that) A ru&&er duck .u' and never see#s to want anything) A &ook* do you think* Mary (oppinsF What is this Fa#i'y 6 the wiss@4o&insonsF 2 think she wou'd 'ike that) And i.irst appeared* turned and said in a 'oud whisper to Mary (oppinsD 7"ut she has no purse) Who wi'' pay .
.orget #e* wi'' youF8 They shook their heads) 7Good&ye*8 said Maia) 7Good&ye*8 said the others* though it was the 'ast thing they wanted to say) Then Maia* standing poised on tiptoe* 'i. her new g'oves and thrust one on to each o. Christ#as is that things shou'd &e given away* isn’t itF "esides* what cou'd 2 pay withF We have no #oney up there)8 And she 'aughed at the #ere suggestion o.or her) he’s &ought so#ething .u#&'e &usi'y in her pocket) 7What did you sayF8 de#anded Maia with round* surprised eyes) 7(ayF $o&ody wi'' pay) There is nothing to pay 6is thereF8 he turned her shining gaJe upon the Assistant) 7$othing at a''* #ada#*8 he assured her* as he put the parce's into her ar#s and &owed again) 72 thought not) Bou see*8 she said* turning to Michae'* 7the who'e point o. Maia returning ho#e)
. the#)8 Maia 'ooked at the g'oves* hanging very 'arge and a'#ost e#pty upon her hands) he said nothing* &ut #oving c'ose to Mary (oppins she reached up her spare ar# and put it round Mary (oppins’ neck and kissed her) A 'ong 'ook passed &etween the#* and they s#i'ed as peop'e s#i'e who understand each other) Maia turned then* and with her hand 'ight'y touched the cheeks o.7$one o.t'y* &reaking the si'ence) 7Don’t . such a thing) 7$ow we #ust go*8 she went on* taking Michae'’s ar#) 7We #ust a'' go ho#e) 2t’s very 'ate* and 2 heard your Mother te''ing you that you #ust &e ho#e in ti#e .) Maia has no Christ#as present)8 And she &egan to search hurried'y through the parce's she was carrying* to see what she cou'd spare .ect) 7Bou &e 3uiet*8 she said to %ane in her snappiest voice) At the sa#e ti#e she whipped o.or a #o#ent they a'' stood in a ring at the windy corner gaJing at each other as though they were enchanted) 72’ve &een so happy*8 said Maia so. the# waved &ack) 7What on earth is happeningF8 so#e&ody said c'ose &y) 7"ut it’s not possi&'e08 said another voice) 7(reposterous08 cried a third) For a crowd was gathering to witness the e!traordinary sight o.'y) 72t’s co'd today)Bou’'' &e g'ad o.. Maia’s hands) 7There08 she said gru.or tea) "esides* 2 #ust get &ack* too) Co#e)8 And drawing Michae' and %ane and Mary (oppins a.or herse'..ter her* she 'ed the way through the shop and out &y the spinning door) Outside the entrance %ane sudden'y saidD 7"ut there’s no present . %ane and Michae') And .or Maia) Mary (oppins gave a 3uick g'ance into the window &eside her) he saw herse'.ted up her ar#s and sprang into the air) he &egan to step* c'i#&ing ever higher* as though there were invisi&'e stairs cut into the grey sky) he waved to the# as she went* and the three o. shining &ack at her* very s#art* very interesting* her hat on straight* her coat nice'y pressed and her new g'oves 5ust co#p'eting the who'e e. your &usiness*8 snapped Mary (oppins) 7And it’s rude to whisper)8 "ut she &egan to .or a'' the others and nothing .
the rest o.o''owing that o. the &rightness that shone a&out its thick dark edge) 7We''* 2’# 5iggered08 said the (o'ice#an* staring upwards and scratching his head under its he'#et) 7And we'' you #ight &e08 said Mary (oppins* with such a .ter a''* the parce' had co#e undone) For a #o#ent 'onger they saw her prancing up the airy stair* and then a &ank o.ic and a'') Co#e down0 We can’t ’ave this kind o.erocious snap that anyone e'se #ight have thought she was rea''y cross with the (o'ice#an) "ut %ane and Michae' were not taken in &y that snap) For they cou'd see in Mary (oppins’ eyes so#ething that* i.ro# her ar#) 2t was the skipping@rope) A..ed) 7My g'oves are #y g'oves and 2 do what 2 'ike with the#08 she said haughti'y) And she straightened her hat and went down to the kitchen to have her teaK
.A (o'ice#an pushed his way through the throng* scattering the peop'e with his truncheon) 7$aow* naow)Wots a'' thisF A $accident or wotF8 .e 'ooked up* his gaJe .ist at Maia) 7Co#e down0 Wot you doing up thereF ’O'ding up the tra. the crowd) 7 ’Ere08 he ca''ed angri'y* shaking his .ur@topped g'oves0 Bou gave the# away08 Mary (oppins sni. thing 6 not in a pu&'ic p'ace) ’Tisn’t natura'08 Far away they heard Maia 'aughing and saw so#ething &right dang'ing . she were any&ody e'se &ut Mary (oppins* #ight have &een descri&ed as tearsK 7Cou'd we have i#agined itF8 said Michae'* when they got ho#e and to'd the story to their Mother) 7(erhaps*8 said Mrs "anks) 7We i#agine strange and 'ove'y things* #y dar'ing)8 7"ut what a&out Mary (oppins’s g'ovesF8 said %ane) 7We saw her give the# away to Maia) And she’s not wearing the# now) o it #ust &e true08 7What* Mary (oppins08 e!c'ai#ed Mrs "anks) 7Bour &est .. c'oud hid her .ro# their eyes) They knew she was &ehind it* though* &ecause o.
t) 7$ow*8 he said* as though he were de'ivering a ser#on* 7#y &ag is a'ways kept in one p'ace) .irst ti#e they were a''owed to co#e downstairs .irst day o.’# wind’s in the West* 2 think)8 .u''o*8 he said #ore cheer.ro# its peg) .e wa'ked with it to the .ast* and .or another Mr "anks 'ost his &'ack &ag) o that the day &egan with two e!traordinary happenings) 7Where is #y "AGF8 shouted Mr "anks* turning round and round in the ha'' 'ike a dog chasing its tai') And every&ody e'se &egan running round and round too 6 E''en and Mrs "ri'' and the chi'dren) Even 4o&ertson Ay #ade a specia' e.ront door) 7.) 7. in his study* and he rushed into the ha'' with it* ho'ding it a'o.u#ph6Crru#ph08 he said* &'owing his nose very hard and taking his overcoat .Chapter Twelve (est (ind
2t was the .ere) On the u#&re''a stand) Who put it in the studyF8 he roared) 7Bou did* #y dear* when you took the 2nco#e Ta! papers out o.u''y* 7the (arrot tu'ips are in &ud08 . it 'ast night*8 said Mrs "anks) Mr "anks gave her such a hurt 'ook that she wished she had &een 'ess tact'ess and had said she had put it there herse'.e 'ooked down towards Ad#ira' "oo#’s house where the te'escope weathercock swung) 72 thought so*8 he said) 7Wester'y weather) "right and &a'#y) 2 won’t
.or &reak. pring) %ane and Michae' knew this at once* &ecause they heard Mr "anks singing in his &ath* and there was on'y one day in the year when he did that) They a'ways re#e#&ered that particu'ar #orning) For one thing* it was the .e went into the garden and sni..ed the air) 7.ort and turned round twice) At 'ast Mr "anks discovered the &ag hi#se'..
e't heavy with the thought that so#ething* he did not 3uite know what* was a&out to happen at $u#&er eventeen* Cherry Tree Lane) 7Trou&'e trou&'e and it wi'' trou&'e you08 retorted Mary (oppins cross'y* in her usua' voice) And i##ediate'y he .ar@away voice) At 'ast Michae' cou'd &ear it no 'onger) 7Oh* do &e cross* Mary (oppins0 Do &e cross again0 2t is not 'ike you) Oh* 2 .e't as distur&ed as Michae' was) he knew very we'' that Mary (oppins never wasted ti#e in &eing nice) And yet* strange to say* during that a.or #yse'. hurrying .e't tight in her &ody) The wind grew wi'der towards evening* and &'ew in 'itt'e gusts a&out the house) 2t went pu''ing and whist'ing down the chi#neys* s'ipping through the cracks under the windows* turning the $ursery carpet up at the corners) Mary (oppins gave the# their supper and c'eared away the things* stacking the# neat'y and #ethodica''y) Then she tidied up the $ursery and put the kett'e on the ho&) 7There08 she said* g'ancing round the roo# to see that everything was a'' right) he was si'ent .or a #inute) Then she put one hand 'ight'y on Michae'’s head and the other on %ane’s shou'der)
.ee'ing*8 he said to %ane) 7(erhaps everything is a'' right and 2’# 5ust i#agining6 don’t you think so* %aneF8 7(ro&a&'y*8 said %ane s'ow'y) "ut she was thinking hard and her heart . their #inds that they wished was not there) They .rantica''y swinging round the arrow as it tre#&'ed in Michae'’s shaking hand) 7The co#passF8 said %ane* and 'ooked at hi# 3uestioning'y) Michae' sudden'y &urst into tears) 7 he gave it to #e*8 he wept) 7 he said 2 cou'd have it a'' .ee' so an!ious)8 And indeed* his heart . now) Oh* oh* there #ust &e so#ething wrong0 What is going to happenF he has never given #e anything &e.ternoon Mary (oppins never said a cross word) 2ndeed* she hard'y said a word at a'') he see#ed to &e thinking very deep'y* and when they asked 3uestions she answered the# in a . paint and new wa''papers) On the contrary* they a'' .u''y that no&ody re#e#&ered it needed a coat o. radish seed when she heard a great co##otion in the $ursery and the sound o.or everything see#ed to &e as it a'ways was* and the pring sun'ight 'it up the house so &eauti.ound the#se'ves thinking that it was the &est house in Cherry Tree Lane) "ut trou&'e &egan a.take an overcoat)8 And with that he picked up his &ag and his &ow'er hat and hurried away to the City) 7Did you hear what he saidF8 Michae' gra&&ed %ane’s ar#) he nodded) 7The wind’s in the West*8 she said s'ow'y) $either o.ace and panting 'oud'y) 7Look* %ane* 'ook08 he cried* and he'd out his hand) Within it 'ay Mary (oppins’ co#pass* with the disc .e't a 'itt'e &etter) 7(erhaps it’s on'y a .orgot it soon* however* .ter 'uncheon) %ane had gone down to dig in the garden with 4o&ertson Ay) he had 5ust sown a row o.ore)8 7(erhaps she was on'y &eing nice*8 said %ane to soothe hi#* &ut in her heart she .ootsteps on the stairs) (resent'y Michae' appeared* very red in the . the# said any #ore* &ut there was a thought in each o.
ted her over the .ire .ter her* &ut so#ething see#ed to stop the#) They re#ained 3uiet* with their e'&ows on the ta&'e waiting .ace) They 'istened) Then they ran 3uick'y to the window and 'ooked out) Down &e'ow* 5ust outside the .orce it out o.e't they #ust run a.ront gate and swept her upwards towards the &ranches o.s o.ted away over the hi'' and the chi'dren cou'd see nothing &ut the trees &ending and #oaning under the wi'd west windK
. in rep'y) The c'ock went on ticking its so'e#n dou&'e note) udden'y the si'ence was &roken &y the sound o.or she s#i'ed as though she and the wind understood each other) he paused .or her to co#e &ack) Each was trying to reassure the other without saying anything) 7. her)8 he had no dou&t now* nor had Michae'* that Mary (oppins had gone .ro# the ground) 2t carried her 'ight'y so that her toes 5ust graJed a'ong the garden path) Then it 'i.'oating away over the cherry trees and the roo. the .or good &ecause the wind had changed) They each seiJed a Twin and rushed &ack to the window) Mary (oppins was in the upper air now* .ro# the #ante'piece) The . the cherry trees in the Lane) 7 he’s going* %ane* she’s going08 cried Michae'* weeping) 7Iuick08 cried %ane) 7Let us get the Twins) They #ust see the 'ast o.ort Michae' than &ecause she thought it was true) The $ursery c'ock ticked 'oud'y .ort to stay Mary (oppins’ .ted the u#&re''a higher into the air and Mary (oppins .or present'y it 'i.7$ow*8 she said* 72 a# 5ust going to take the shoes down ..or 4o&ertson Ay to c'ean) "ehave yourse'ves* p'ease* ti'' 2 co#e &ack)8 he went out and shut the door 3uiet'y &ehind her) udden'y* as she went* they &oth .ront door* stood Mary (oppins* dressed in her coat and hat* with her carpet &ag in one hand and her u#&re''a in the other) The wind was &'owing wi'd'y a&out her* tugging at her skirt* ti'ting her hat rakish'y to one side) "ut it see#ed to %ane and Michae' that she did not #ind* .ree hands %ane and Michae' opened the window and #ade one 'ast e.or a #o#ent on the step and g'anced &ack towards the .'ight) 7Mary (oppins08 they cried) 7Mary (oppins* co#e &ack08 "ut she either did not hear or de'i&erate'y took no notice) For she went sai'ing on and on* up into the c'oudy* whist'ing air* ti'' at 'ast she was wa. Mary (oppins’ hand) "ut she he'd on tight'y* and that* apparent'y* was what the wind wanted her to do* .ront door shutting with a 'oud &ang) 7Michae'08 said %ane* starting up) 7%ane08 said Michae'* with a white* an!ious 'ook on his .ow si''y we are*8 said %ane present'y) 7Everything’s a'' right)8 "ut she knew she said it #ore to co#.'ickered and crack'ed and s'ow'y died down) They sti'' sat there at the ta&'e* waiting) At 'ast Michae' said uneasi'yD 7 he’s &een gone a very 'ong ti#e* hasn’t sheF8 The wind whist'ed and cried a&out the house as i.ront door) Then with a 3uick #ove#ent she opened the u#&re''a* though it was not raining* and thrust it over her head) The wind* with a wi'd cry* s'ipped under the u#&re''a* pressing it upwards as though trying to . the houses* ho'ding tight'y to the u#&re''a with one hand and to the carpet &ag with the other) The Twins &egan to cry 3uiet'y) With their .
'ung hi#se'.t us68 7Bes*8 said %ane and Michae') 7Bou knew* thenF8 said Mrs "anks* rather surprised) 7Did she te'' you she was goingF8 They shook their heads* and Mrs "anks went onD 72t’s outrageous) One #inute here and gone the ne!t) $ot even an apo'ogy) i#p'y said* L2’# going0’ and o.ter a'') $ow* Miss %ane* where’s your nightgown 6 why* what’s this under your pi''ow6F8
.orta&'y) 72 wonder*8 said %ane* 7i. cross'y* .'oor) 74ea''y* chi'dren* rea''y0 2 don’t understand you) Do &e good* 2 &eg o.. we’'' ever see her againF8 udden'y they heard voices on the stairs) 7Chi'dren* chi'dren08 Mrs "anks was ca''ing as she opened the door) 7Chi'dren 6 2 a# very cross) Mary (oppins has 'e. 2 ever did0 . stone* that’s what that gir' had and no #istake* or #y na#e’s not C'ara "ri'') A'ways keeping herse'. you) There’s no&ody to 'ook a. she does want to co#e) Leaving #e high and dry with no&ody to he'p #e and without a word o.* too* and not even a 'ace handkerchie. on to the .) 2 sha'' have to send Mrs "ri'' up)8 And she kissed the# a&sent#inded'y* and went away with an an!ious 'itt'e 'ine on her .. &uttons* Miss %ane0 tand sti'' do now* and 'et #e undress you* Master Michae') ('ain she was* too* nothing #uch to 'ook at) 2ndeed* a'' things considered* 2 don’t know that we won’t &e &etter o.ow we stood her so 'ong* 2 don’t know6with her airs and graces and a'') What a 'ot o. notice)8 7Oh* Mother08 said %ane reproach.ro# the window) he took %ohn to his cot and put hi# into it) Michae' said nothing* &ut as he &rought "ar&ara &ack and tucked her into &ed he was sni..u''y) 7Bou are a very crue' wo#an*8 said Michae'* c'enching his . or a hatpin to re#e#&er her &y) Get up* wi'' you p'ease* Master Michae'08 Mrs "ri'' went on* panting heavi'y) 7.ing unco#.ter you tonight) 2 have to go out to dinner and it’s E''en’s Day O..oreheadK 7We''* i. she went) Anything #ore preposterous* #ore thought'ess* #ore discourteous6What is it* Michae'F8 he &roke o.7 he did what she said she wou'd* anyway) he stayed ti'' the wind changed*8 said %ane* sighing and turning sad'y .er going away and 'eaving you pore dear chi'dren in the 'urch 'ike that*8 said Mrs "ri''* a #o#ent 'ater* &ust'ing in and setting to work on the#) 7A heart o.ist as though at any #inute he wou'd have to strike her) 7Chi'dren0 2’# asha#ed o..or Michae' had grasped her skirt in his hands and was shaking her) 7What is it* chi'dF8 7Did she say she’d co#e &ackF8 he cried* near'y knocking his Mother over) 7Te'' #e 6 did sheF8 7Bou wi'' not &ehave 'ike a 4ed 2ndian* Michae'*8 she said* 'oosening his ho'd) 72 don’t re#e#&er what she said* e!cept that she was going) "ut 2 certain'y shan’t have her &ack i. to herse'. you6rea''y 2 a#0 To want &ack any&ody who has treated your Mother so &ad'y) 2’# utter'y shocked)8 %ane &urst into tears) 7Mary (oppins is the on'y person 2 want in the wor'd08 Michae' wai'ed* and .* a.
Mary (oppins* and underneath it was written* 7Mary (oppins &y "ert8) 7That’s the Match Man6he did it*8 said Michae'* and took it in his hand so that he cou'd have a &etter 'ook) %ane .o'ded it care.or you) Au revoir) MA4B (O((2$ he read it out 'oud ti'' she ca#e to the words she cou'dn’t understand) 7Mrs "ri''08 she ca''ed) 7What does Lau revoir’ #eanF8 7Au revore* dearieF8 shrieked Mrs "ri'' .oreign tongues 6 doesn’t it #ean LGod &'ess you’F $o) $o* 2’# wrong) 2 think* Miss %ane dear* it #eans LTo Meet Again’)8 %ane and Michae' 'ooked at each other) %oy and understanding shone in their eyes) They knew what Mary (oppins #eant) Michae' gave a 'ong sigh o.e'' to the . Mary (oppins into his hand 6 hurried'y* in case she shou'd regret it) 7Bou have it .) 7That’s a'' right*8 he said shaki'y) 7 he a'ways does what she says she wi'')8 .ro# Mrs "ri''’s hands very 3uick'y) Michae' ca#e and stood near her and watched her undo the string and tear away the &rown paper) Mrs "ri''* without waiting to see what e#erged .e twisted his head and tried to s#i'e at her) 7$o* 2 a# not*8 he said) 72t is on'y #y eyes)8 he pushed hi# gent'y towards his &ed* and as he got in she s'ipped the portrait o.ound sudden'y that there was a 'etter attached to the painting) he un.ro# the ne!t roo#) 7Why* doesn’t it #ean 6 'et #e see* 2’# not up in these .'oor and the thing that was in the parce' 'ay in %ane’s hand) 72t’s her picture*8 she said in a whisper* 'ooking c'ose'y at it) And it was0 2nside a 'itt'e cur'y .Mrs "ri'' had drawn out a s#a'' no&&'y parce') 7What is itF Give it to #e 6 give it*8 said %ane* tre#&'ing with e!cite#ent* and she took it .ra#e was a painting o.or tonight* dar'ing*8 whispered %ane* and she tucked hi# in 5ust as Mary (oppins used to doK
.u''y) 2t ranD DEA4 %A$E* Michae' had the co#pass so the picture is .e turned away) 7Michae'* are you cryingF8 %ane asked) .ro# the package* went in to the Twins) The 'ast wrapping . re'ie.
or reading natura''y 'ed her to &eco#e a storyte''er* &eginning her writing career as a 5ourna'ist and poet so#e years &e.ore she wrote her .ro# her 'i.or "ritain in +-N= 6 that a character appeared na#ed Mary (oppins) he was neither #agica' nor particu'ar'y #e#ora&'e* &ut the author had .a#i'y’s 2rish servants* was a #arve''ous character whose pride and 5oy was a parrot@headed u#&re''a) 7Whenever "ertha was going out*8 (a#e'a to'd #e* 7the u#&re''a wou'd &e care..ind their way into the Mary (oppins stories 6 not that #ost peop'e were aware o. tissue paper and o. the &'ueG others were #e#ories o. her ear'ier 'i.u''y taken out o.u' storiesK "ut no6she wou'dn’t 3uite te'') he’d
.e)8 This see#s rather un'ike'y* when you consider that Mary (oppins goes inside a cha'k pave#ent picture* s'ides up &anisters* arranges tea@parties on the cei'ing and has a carpet &ag which is &oth e#pty and 6at the sa#e ti#e6 contains #any strange &ut use. peop'e and events .ound in her own &ooks) .e) One thing we did know was that* as a chi'd growing up in Austra'ia* she had .way state &etween &eing we'' and i''* 2 &egan to write a&out her)8 o* so#e parts o.ro# out o. Mary (oppins ca#e to (a#e'a . the .e when she was growing up on an Austra'ian sugar p'antation) "ertha /or #ay&e she was ca''ed "e''a6(a#e'a cou'd never 3uite re#e#&er01* one o.t Austra'ia . #y 'i.acts*8 () L) Travers once wrote* 7Mary (oppins is the story o.ro# which she 'ater &orrowed so#e o.ound a na#e that she wou'd one day give to so#e&ody e'seK That 7so#e&ody8 &'ew into (a#e'a Travers’ i#agination rather as Mary (oppins herse'. she wou'd go* 'ooking terri&'y sty'ish) "ut* as soon as she ca#e &ack* the u#&re''a wou'd &e wrapped up in tissue paper once #ore)8 Like Mary (oppins* "ertha a'so had a nu#&er o.ascinating re'atives who# she wou'd visit) (a#e'a reca''edD 7 he wou'd co#e &ack and te'' us wonder. that) Even those o.e did .riends knew 'itt'e a&out her private 'i.irst .Posts/ript 72. us who were her . you are 'ooking .ore she 'e.er passion .or auto&iographica' . her ear'iest stories 6 written &e.airy@ta'es* #yths and 'egends .u' o&5ects) And yet #e#ories o. . &'ew into Cherry Tree Lane) The author was staying in an o'd thatched #anor in usse! and was i'' in &ed) As she once descri&ed it to #eD 7The idea o. the ideas and i#ages .a''en in 'ove with the .u''@'ength nove') 2t was in one o. this unusua' person ca#e to #e and* in that ha'.
it wants to)8 And the ideas did co#e &ack 6 or #ay&e she had never .er readers proved her right* and wrote to the author in their thousands* o.ave you ever #et anyone 'ike Mary (oppinsF8 Taken a&ack &y her &rus3ue tone* 2 was si'ent . Mary (oppins’ character were c'ear'y inspired &y (a#e'a’s spinster aunt* Christina araset* who# every&ody ca''ed 7Aunt ass8) he was a crisp* no@ nonsense wo#an with a sharp tongue and a heart o. you . praise and* occasiona''y* co#p'aint) When* at the end o.or answers with words o.08 Doesn’t this sound 5ust 'ike Mary (oppins speakingF E3ua''y* it #ight have &een () L) Travers herse'.or the ears o. chi'dren)8 o#e chi'dren’s writers 6 #ay&e &ecause they worry a&out what is suita&'e . go'd who* 'ike Mary (oppins* was given to #aking 7a curious convu'sion in her nose that was so#ething &etween a snort and a sni. catching ideas and getting the# on paper was a #ysterious and 'one'y processG and yet* as she wou'd e!p'ain* 7you can do it anywhere* any ti#e 6 when you’re out at the shops &uying a pound o.o''owed up with a conte#ptuous* 7 ni. her #other’s* and other &its o. she has rea''y 'e.orgotten the#F 7 pit@spot into &ed8 was a .or chi'dren* you’ve 'ost the#)8 .t the "anks .. cryG i.or Mary (oppins’s address* addingD 7"ecause i.0 6 when 2 once wondered a'oud whether Mary (oppins was &ased on a rea' person) A. you write . Mary (oppins Opens the Door* the heroine . had once to'd #e how a harassed #other o.* sni.ro#F Why did she goF and Where did she goF Fro# every point o. 'augh* or yourse'. the co#pass6and Mary (oppins knew a'' a&out co#passes06chi'dren wou'd send their 'etters* care.avourite phrase o.or #ore* she wou'd sayD LAh* we''* then* it’s not . three had written to ask . you cou'd know what happened to #e cousin’s &rother@in@'awK’ And when you’d opened your ears and your eyes 6 and your #outh6waiting .e story0 2 received a si#i'ar reaction6the severe 'ook and the sni.a#i'y* cou'dn’t she co#e to #eF8 2n rep'y to #y 3uestion* however* a'' (a#e'a wou'd say was* 7We''F . chi'drenK’ And 2 wou'd wonder what were those things that were not .8) When (a#e'a once suggested to her aunt that she #ight write a&out her* the e'der'y 'ady rep'iedD 7What0 Bou put #e in a &ook0 2 trust you wi'' never so .ar .or chi'dren rea''y*8 she’d say) 7Bou’re writing to #ake yourse'.u''yD 7Bou shou'd not have done that* Madu#* you have #ade the chi'dren cry)8 (a#e'a treasured that 'etter* and rep'iedD 72 a# not surprised) 2 cried #yse'.u''y written in 'arge* round writing* punctuating their de#ands .orget yourse'... &utter 6 sti'' it goes on) Even i.ten asking the sa#e 3uestionsD Where did Mary (oppins co#e .or the ears o. as to do anything so vu'gar'y disgusting08This indignant response was .ter a''* the character is very rea' to a great #any peop'e) (a#e'a herse'.orget your idea &y the ti#e you get ho#e* you wait a 'itt'e and then it wi'' co#e &ack i.* who said so#ething very si#i'ar to #e when 2 rash'y suggested one day that 2 #ight write her 'i. chi'dren 6 ta'k down to their readers) $ot () L)Travers) 7$o&ody writes .or the third ti#e* a &oy /who wasn’t the wor'd’s &est spe''er1 wrote #ourn.5ust hintD L2.* when 2 wrote it down)8 The on'y ru'e (a#e'a had a&out writing was that there were no set ru'es) he wrote her stories* she said* 7&ecause they were there to &e written8) The actua' &usiness o.'ew away .or a #o#ent* then su##oned up #y courage and said that 2 hadn’t &ut that 2 rather wished 2 had) What 2 shou'd have said was what 2 knew in #y heart* which was* 7Bes* 2 have #et so#eone very 'ike Mary (oppins 6 and she is youK8 1 4A2 S41LE5
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