THE GOLLIWOG WHO LISTENED
When he was quite sure they were out, he unwrapped the poor, sobbing fairy doll. He carried her gently to bed and gave her hot-water bottles. He wrapped her in a blanket he had warmed by the fire, and he gave her a drink of hot milk. Soon the nurse doll arrived—for the golly had shouted for her to come—and very soon she had bandaged the fairy doll well, and everything was all right.
" Golly, I am proud of you," said the nurse doll, when she went.
" You remembered everything I told you. You saved the fairy doll's life.
She has been very foolish, for she would not come to my lessons—but you
The fairy doll was so grateful to the golliwog. She slipped her hand
into his black one and blinked up at him with tearful eyes.
" I'm sorry I was silly and unkind and rude," she said. " I am
ashamed of it now. Please forgive me, Golly. You were right to go to the
lessons and I was wrong not to. If you hadn't gone, and hadn't learnt what
to do, you wouldn't have known how to save me and I would have been
burnt. Please forgive me."
" Of course I forgive you, fairy doll," said the kindly golliwog. " But
do remember that if you are stupid you get punished for it sooner or later.
I think you had better let me come and live in the dolls' house with you,
and teach you to be wise. I can look after you then, and see that
nothing happens to you."
So he had his way after all, and
now he lives in the dolls' house
with the pretty fairy doll, who is
quite better, and very much nicer.
Wasn't it a good thing the golly
learnt his lessons well? Perhaps
you will remember his lessons too,
and maybe one day they will come
in useful to you!