98 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
sleep, that another glorious day dawned upon us. After breakfast we all drew together beneath the trees, which, with their wide-spreading branches, made a semblance of a cathedral aisle, and I held a short service.
I could remember enough of the Church Service to go through it tolerably well, and as the boys knew several Psalms by heart, our service was fairly complete.
The only thing I lacked was a Bible, and when I mentioned this my wife produced one from her ' enchanted bag' and gravely handed it to me. Having read a few chapters I then, by way of a sermon, told the boys an allegory I had made up for them, and afterwards listened with pleasure to their questions and comments on it.
When the service was finished, and we had had our midday meal, I made no objection to the boys wandering off to amuse themselves as they liked best, knowing that the day was one for innocent recreation, after due attention had been given to things of the spirit. I only stipulated that no firearms should be used, as we had sufficient food, and any form of taking life without necessity was to be avoided. As we were all thoroughly tired with the hard work of the preceding week, however,