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Mon, 25 May 2009
Hello again, a little late but here is Chapter Three of The Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe

CHAPTER THREE
Here is the Shoe.......stay tuned
Then she went into the shoe house, and there I must say things were very topsy-turvy, for all the clothes that had been put to soak, and the table and chairs and stools and bread from the cupboard had been floating about in the water, and when the water had poured out of the house it had left things scattered about on the floor anyhow. The table and chairs were overturned, one loaf of soppy bread was in the fire-place, and the other was at the foot of the staiirs. Only the broth that the Old Woman had cooked for supper was in it's place because it had been put on the top shelf of the cupboard where the water had not reached.
    All the children had followed their mother into the house, and stood near the door looking at all the mess the flood had left, and at all the wet soppy things lying about on the floor. It didn't look like a home one little bit where everything was so neat and tidy, as a rule.
      "You see what you have done, children," said theOld Woman, "And all this because you were lazy and did not do as you were told. Now, first you must put things straight and bring some dry wood to light the fire, while Zed and I unharness the donkey. And then I shall give you some broth for supper, but there is no bread to eat with it because it is all soppy and wet. And then I shall just whip you and send you to bed, and I hope you'll never be so naughty again."
      The children set about tidying, and then fetched some wood for the fire, but although the Old Woman made a big fire  everything was very damp and cold. Then she gave them some broth without any bread and whipped them all soundly and sent them to bed, just as the song said. But of course she didn't whip Zed, because he hadn't been naughty.
the Old Woman was called Milliscent by
the way.
      The next day she opened all the windows so as to let in plenty of sun and air, and by evening the house was dry and cosy again.
    And now you would think that the children mended their ways and worked properly, and did what their mother told them without grumbling. Not a bit of it! That is to say they worked well for three or four days, and then they began to get lazy and idle again and to grumble over their work, and by the time next market day came round they were as bad as ever.
 

pretend it's a donkey hehe, xxx    The Old Woman felt very worried on the morning of market day. "I really don't know what to do with all you children," she said "I must go to market to sell my peas and beans and lettuce and spring onions, but you always get into some trouble or other while I'm away, for you never will do as I tell you.
      We promise not to play with fire and and we promise not to get water from the stream into the house, so no harm will happen Mother," the children said.
    "Well," said the Old Woman, I hope it will be alright, anyways there is a
ZED he
was such a good boy.lot of work to do , so if you stay busy all the time perhaps I shall find that no harm has happened while I have been away. Zed , you must take the goats and geese out to pasture, because you look after them well and do not let them stray. You others must mend all the clothes and dig the whole patch of garden which is by the stream where the cabbages were. There is bread and brawn in the cupboard for your dinner. Good-bye, be good children and work well. I shall be home by sunset,

      The Old Woman went off to market, and Zed put some bread and brawn into his pocket and took the
Annegoats and geese out to the pature. The other children watched their mother till she went round the bend of the road, and then ssat down by the stream and began wondering what they should do next
    Ann was the first to speak. "What a horrid lot of work Mother gave us to do while she is at the market.
   "All that digging! just fancy!" said Benjy.
    "All that mending too!" said Charlotte.

    "It will take all day," said Dan.
   "And there'll be no time at all left for playing," said Eliza.
   "I hate digging," said Harry, "and I don't see why we should do it."
   "And I do hate mending," Said Ida, and I don't see why we should do that either."
   "And I can't see why we have to work at all," said Jim.
    "Well I for one shan't work," said Kate.
Eliza
    "And I shan't work for another," said Laurence. "The rest of you can if you like."
    "Indeed I shan't," said Maggie. I wish we might never have any work to do."
   "So do I," said Ned. And they all said much the same.
    "Is that what you really wish?" asked a croaky voice at there feet, and looking down they saw the big green frog sitting on a stone in the stream.
   "Of course it is." Said the children. "Who wants to dig and mend and weed and wash up plates and saucepans? And who wants to chop wood and sweep the floor and water the garden? Why it would be much nicer if we never had any work to do all our lives."
   "Well, if thats what you really think, I will see what can be done" said the frog. "But are you quite sure that that is what you want?"
    The children nudged each other and whispered: "He's a fairy frog, and he is going to do our work for us." And then they said aloud: "Of course, that's what we want. We hate work, all of us except Zed. He's so stupid that he enjoys it. You can let him work as much as he like, but none of us want to."
    "In that case, it shall be as you wish," said the frog.  "Get up all of you and stand in a row."
   The children scrambled to their feet and stood in a row laughing and whispering together:
 " Hooray! we will never have to work any more. Good old frog! He's going to do all our jobs for us."
"Am I though?" said the frog, and he dipped his head into the stream and sucked up some of the water, and squirted it over the children as they stood in a row, so that a few drops fell on each one of them. But no sooner did the drops of water touch them  than they all turned into poplar trees. Yes, there they were, twenty two poplar trees standing in a row at the edge of the stream.
   "Now you have your wish," said the frog, and he jumped into the deep water and swam up the stream.

Poplar trees in a row by the stream

 
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