502 THE MONEY-PIG
there lay a great handsome Doll, though she was somewhat old, and her neck had been mended. She looked out and said,—
'Shall we now play at men and women, for that is always something ? '
And now there was a general uproar, and even the framed prints on the walls turned round and showed that there was a wrong side to them ; but they did not do it to protest against the proposal.
It was late at night; the moon shone through the window-frames and gave free light. Now the game was about to begin, and all, even the children's Go-Cart, which certainly belonged to the coarser playthings, were invited to take part in the sport.
' Each one has his own peculiar value,' said the Go-Cart : ' we cannot all be noblemen. There must be some who do the work, as the saying is.'
The Money-pig was the only one who received a written invitation, for he was of high standing, and they were afraid he would not accept a verbal message. Indeed, he did not answer to say whether he would come, nor did he come : if he was to take a part, he must enjoy the sport from his own home ; they were to arrange accordingly, and so they did.
The little toy theatre was now put up in such a way that the Money-pig could look directly in. They wanted to begin with a comedy, and afterwards there was to be a tea party and a discussion for mental improvement, and with this latter part they began immediately. The Rocking-Horse spoke of training and race, the Go-Cart of railways and steam power, for all this belonged to their profession, and it was something they could talk about. The Clock talked politics—ticks—ticks—and knew what was the time of day, though it was whispered he did not go correctly ; the Bamboo Cane stood there, stiff and proud, for he was conceited about his brass ferrule and his silver top, for being thus bound above and below ; and on the sofa lay two worked Cushions, pretty and stupid. And now the play began.
All sat and looked on, and it was requested that the audience should applaud and crack and stamp according