No one wants to take it,” replied Pennie, “but she shall give it if she likes.
Nancy was generally the first to announce it, but to-day Pennie was beforehand.
It was not of much consequence, but Pennie felt vexed with her.
“It must be very nice to be an old woman and live here,” said Pennie.
Pennie groped about the school-room floor, groaning with vexation.
“My dear Pennie,” said her mother significantly as she noticed this.
Pennie hesitated, for she knew it was the price of real hard work.
But Pennie was too cast-down to take a cheerful view of anything.
Pennie jumped up, threw her work on the table, and stretched out her arms.
Pennie bore these reproofs meekly, for she felt their justice.