SHE WANTS TO HAVE MONEY OF HER OWN
IТm Betty and IТm sixteen. My birthday is on the 1st of February. IТm still at school. I like the following subjects: English, needlework and housecraft. Housecraft? Well, we learn cooking and how to look after a house and Е oh! I can hear the telephone. Excuse me. УHallo? Hallo? Yes, Betty Brown is speaking. Saturday next? Yes, Mrs. Smith. ThatТs the 18th of February, isnТt it? Yes, thank you, Mrs. Smith, 6 oТclock. Yes, 6 oТclock sharp. Sixteen, Wilberforce Road.Ф
Mrs. Smith is one of MummyТs friends. I donТt know her very well, but I know she has two children. Here is Mummy now.
УMummy, can I go to Mrs. SmithТs on Saturday? She and Mr. Smith are going to the cinema, and they want me to baby-sit.Ф
УTill when, Betty?Ф
УTill ten thirty, Mummy. Oh, please, Mummy, can I go?Ф
У You are coming home at ten thirty, Betty Ц donТt forget! Ask Mrs. Smith to bring you home in the car.Ф
ItТs Saturday night, and the time is seven thirty. George and Tom are going to bed. George is seven and Tom is eight. They donТt like going to bed.
УCome on, George! To bed!Ф
УWait a minute,Ф says George, УI want a drink!Ф
УI want a drink,Ф says Tom.
I get them a drink.
УCome on, boys! Bedtime!Ф
УRead us a story, Betty.Ф
УWhat story do you want me to read?Ф
УAbout Little Red Riding Hood.Ф
I read a story.
УNow, come on, boys! Bedtime!Ф
УThere is a ghost in the bedroom, Betty!Ф
УThere isnТt, Tom! Please go to bed, boys!Ф
They are in bed at last. ItТs eight thirty. I go downstairs, into the sitting-room. I get out my books. I am going to do my homework. ThereТs a big television set and the programme is very good. ThereТs a play called УHamletФ. I have been watching this play for 1 ½ hours. And thereТs a box of chocolate on the table with a note: УBetty, these are for you! Ц Mrs. Smith.Ф
When the play is over, I have eaten all the chocolates. I turn off the television set. WhatТs the time? ItТs 10 oТclock. I open the door and listen. Are the boys asleep?
Silence. I go upstairs. The SmithsТ house is big, and there are a lot of doors. Here is the boysТ bedroom. I open the door. It is dark inside. Silence. They are asleep. I go into the room, itТs very dark inside, but I can see. Where are the boys? The beds are empty!
Of course, Tom and George are playing. They are under the bed! No, theyТre not under the bed. TheyТre in the bathroom! No, theyТre not in the bathroom. Perhaps theyТre in the sitting-room? No! In the kitchen? No! Where are they?
Silence. It is ten thirty! I can hear Mr. and Mrs. Smith at the door. Help!
УHallo, Betty,Ф says Mrs. Smith. УAre the boys asleep? IТm going upstairs to see them.Ф
We go upstairs. As we come to the boysТ bedroom, I stop. How can I tell them where the boys are? But Mrs. Smith walks to the next door. She opens that door and looks in.
УThey are sleeping like angels,Ф she says.
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