104 IDEAL HOME LIFE
ist Child.—I haven't any money.
2nd Child.—But we haven't begun to dance yet.
Bandsman.—You shouldn't have been so long arguing then.
Surely you'll give the band a penny, after all the pretty
music it has played? i st Child.—I won't. 2nd Child.—I won't. 3rd Child.—And / won't. Bandsman.—Well, you are mean. Come along. (Beckoning
to the rest of the band.) We'll go, and it will be a long time
before we come down this street again.
BOX Scene 2: A Room
Tommy (hopping about the room, waving a letter in his hand.)— •
Hurrah! hurrah! Uncle Dick is coming. Hurrah! hurrah!
(Enter Tommy's brother and sister and Papa and Mamma.) Papa.—What's the matter, Tommy? Tommy.—Uncle Dick has written to say he is coming to spend
Christmas with us, and he is bringing me a Christmas box. Mamma.—How kind of him! But be sure you are careful not
to offend him, Tommy. He is rather a touchy old gentleman. Sister.—I wonder what it will be, Tommy. Brother.—I hope it will be a set of cricket things, and then we
can play cricket in the summer. Tommy.—Oh! yes, I hope it will be, but whatever it is, it is sure
to be something nice.
(Begins hopping about again. Enter Uncle Dick, a very old
gentleman with a gouty foot. Tommy does not see him and
goes banging into him, treading on his gouty foot.) Uncle Dick.—Oh! oh! oh! oh, my toe! Tommy.—Oh! Never mind your toe! Where's my Christmas
box? Uncle Dick.—Your Christmas box, you young scamp! Think
of my toe. Tommy.—Please, Uncle, I'm very sorry, but I do so want to
know what you have brought me tor a Christmas box.