WILLIAM'S DOUBLE LIFE 77
Miss Murgatroyd considered.
" Well," she said at last, " just because your consideration for your parents touches me, Algernon, I won't this once. But you may tell William from me that the very next time I find him trespassing and stealing on my property I'll come straight and tell his father. Will you tell him that from me ? "
" Yes," said William anxiously, " I'll tell him that from you."
He rose to take his leave. He felt that there was considerable danger in these interviews and that the sooner they were brought to an end the better.
" And what place in London did your uncle take you to, Algernon ? " said Miss Murgatroyd.
" The Tower," said William at random.
" And did you like the beefeaters ? "
" It was the Tower I said we went to," said William, " not the Zoo."
Then he went home. His mother greeted him with pleased surprise.
" So you've got ready to go to the garden party with me, dear," she said ; " how very good of you."
William had forgotten that he was going out to a garden party with her, but he hastily assumed his virtuous expression (he was getting really quite adept at assuming his virtuous expression) and, seeing no escape, prepared to set off.
The garden party was as dull as grown-up garden parties usually are, except that the hostess had a son about William's age who took William to show him the shrubbery. William invented several interesting games to play in the shrubbery and they had quite an enjoyable time there, only emerging on receiving imperative messages from their mothers to come out of it at once. William rejoined his mother, but before she could voice her disapproval of his now dishevelled appearance her harassed frown changed to a smile of social greeting. Her hostess was bringing a