WILLIAM'S DOUBLE LIFE 69
" Yes," agreed William sadly, " I expect he was."
"You're very alike in features though, aren't you ?" she went on with interest. " It must be difficult for people to tell you apart."
" Yes," agreed William, warming to his theme, " lots of people can't tell us apart. His nose is just a bit longer. That's one way of telling us."
" Yes," she agreed still with great interest, " I believe it is, now you mention it. And his ears stick out more."
" Do they ? " said William coldly.
" I'm just on my way to call on your parents to complain of your brother," went on the lady, her interest turning to severity. " I found him this morning trespassing in my garden, stealing my apples and catching fishes in my pond. Do you know about it ? "
William wondered for a minute whether to know about it, and finally decided that it would be more effective to know about it than not to. His mournful and virtuous expression deepened.
" Yes," he said, " he told me about it. I was jus' comin' to—to see you about it."
" Why ? " said the lady.
" I was comin' to ask you to let him off jus' for this once," said William more mournfully, more virtuously, than ever. " I was goin' to ask you not to go an' see my father an' mother about him this time."
It was quite evident that the lady was touched by his appeal.
" You don't want your dear parents troubled by it, I suppose ? " she said.
" Yes," said William, " that's it. I don't want my dear parents troubled by it."
She pondered deeply.
" I see," she said. " Well, your consideration for your parents does you credit—er—what is your name ? "