THE LITTLE HOUSE
explaining that her name was Brownie, and that though only a poor street singer she was on her way to the ball to see if the Duke would have her.
1 Of course,' she said, ' I am rather plain,' and this made Maimie uncomfortable, for indeed the simple little creature was almost quite plain for a fairy.
It was difficult to know what to reply.
'I see you think I have no chance,' Brownie said falteringly.
41 don't say that,' Maimie answered politely ; ' of course your face is just a tiny
bit homely, but-----' Really it was quite
awkward for her.
Fortunately she remembered about her father and the bazaar. He had gone to a fashionable bazaar where all the most beautiful ladies in London were on view for half a crown the second day, but on his return home, instead of being dissatisfied with Maimie's mother, he had said, ' You can' t think, my dear, what a relief it is to see a homely face again.' 94