* And if you want very much to give me a kiss,' Maimie said, 4 you can do it.'
Very reluctantly Peter began to take the thimble off his finger. He thought she wanted it back.
'I don't mean a kiss,' she said hurriedly, 41 mean a thimble.'
4 What's that I' Peter asked.
1 It's like this,' she said, and kissed him.
< I should love to give you a thimble,' Peter said gravely, so he gave her one. He gave her quite a number of thimbles, and then a delightful idea came into his head. < Maimie,' he said, < will you marry me ?'
Now, strange to tell, the same idea had come at exactly the same time into Maimie's head. 'I should like to,' she answered, ' but will there be room in your boat for two?'
4 If you squeeze close,' he said eagerly.
4 Perhaps the birds would be angry ?'
He assured her that the birds would love to have her, though I am not so certain of it myself. Also that there were very 114