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146                                WILLIAM
" An' we've only two days left," said Ginger.
Their hunting for employment from reluctant employers had taken some time and they all realised with surprise and dismay that the fortnight had almost elapsed.
" They've got their five pounds," said Douglas
mournfully. " Ole Hubert Lane yelled out to me that
they had this morning. That and a lot more cheek.
An' I felt so—sort of fed up that I can't even run after
em.
" Fancy ! " said Henry wistfully. " They've got their five pounds ! "
" Well, well get our ten pounds," said William. " I bet there's lots of people that have got ten pounds in two days."
" How ? " said Ginger simply.
" Oh, there's lots of ways of gettin' money," said William vaguely and irritably. William always dis­liked having his soaring optimism brought down to earth by such questions. Look how rich all grown­up people are. Well, they mus' get their money somehow."
" They pass exams, an' then start off bein' doctors an' clergymen an' things like that an' people pay 'em money for it, an' we can't do that because we haven't passed any exams.," said Douglas.
" I nearly passed one once," murmured Ginger modestly. If I'd 've got ten more marks I'd 've passed in Arithmetic last term."
" Oh, shut up," said William, " an' let's try'n' think-of a way of gettin' money. All grown-ups haven't passed exams. I bet there's lots of rich grown-ups that haven't passed exams. What about shopkeepers ? There isn't any exam, for shopkeepers. People can jus' set up a shop an' get money without passin' exams. That's the best way of makin' money, too. You buy a thing for, say, a halfpenny an' you sell it in your shop for a penny. You sell everythin' for double what you
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