Excerpt from Avis Benson: Or, Mine and Thine; With Other Sketches
"Look here, Noll, Mrs. Benson was in last night after you went to bed, and she says shes a good mind to send Avis to school."
"Ho! that little thing?"
"She ain't so very little; and shes the smartest creature at her books! And, Noll, Im going to give you two turnovers to carry to school to-day."
Noll expressed his approbation of this generous decision, by tossing his cap into the air, and by a contemptuous "Pooh!"
"Oh, very well! I know who'll be glad of them, if you don't want them."
"You can't come it over me with apple turnovers, mother, continued Noll. "I ain't a-going to be hired to carry Avis Benson to school."
"Who said anything about Avis Benson?" cried his mother.
"Just as if you'd go to offering turnovers for nothing!" retorted the boy.
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