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III .I ^< 5 ,MILLY'S DOLL'S HOUSE.IT was Milly Ord's birthday-a cold December afternoon;yet she did not sit on her own little stool by the fireside asusual; she was kneeling on a chair at the window, with her littlenose pressed flat against the cold glass, looking anxiously into thestreet. Suddenly she jumped off the chair with a cry of delight." Here is Edith, Mamma! I am quite happy now; sevenyears old, a whole holiday, and Edith to play with, besides-Hush!" and she put her little finger on her rosy lips, for at thatmoment the breakfast-room door opened, and Edith ran in, caughtMilly round the neck, and kissed her again and again, saying-"Many happy returns of the day, dear Milly.""Come with me, Edith," said Milly, as soon as her friendhad spoken to her Mamma; " I have something to show you,"and taking Edith's hand, she led her upstairs to the nursery; andthere, on the floor, stood a Doll's House, as high as Milly herself."How beautiful!" cried Edith; "why, it has a porch, andreal glass windows, and it is painted like bricks."" Stay till you have seen the inside," said Milly, seating her-self on the floor, "then I think you will be surprised."If you look at the picture you will see the Doll's House, andcan judge if it was pretty. That is Edith in the green dress; sheis older than* Milly, but I think she loves play just as much.These children love each other very dearly, and Milly is'much happier in sharing her pleasure with a friend, than if shewere a selfish little girl and kept her toys all to herself.T Bldwin ibRm.FImu
THE DRAWING-ROOM.T HE whole front of the Doll's House opened like a greatdoor; and, above the kitchen, on that which is called thefirst floor of a house, were two rooms divided by a partition." You must look at the drawing-room first, Edie dear," saidthe happy Milly; "is it not beautiful, with its pretty curtains andits chandeliers? and please look at the books on the table; justlike a real lady's drawing-room.""What a number of dolls!" said Edith; "did they come inthe house ?""Oh, no; they are all my own family, and I have beendressing them a long time. Mamma promised me that as soonas I had dolls enough (nicely dressed) to live in it, she would giveme a Doll's House. I hope you like John, Mrs. Gray's footman;he was very difficult to fit. The doll in mauve is Mrs. Gray; Icall her the mistress of the house. The lady who has been tocall on her and is saying good-by, is my old doll, Helen; but youwould not know her, I think, in that grand bonnet.""How well John stands !" said the admiring Edith."Ah! he is a Dutch doll, you know; they make the bestfootmen; and I have stuck him on to the' carpet for the present.The other lady in a bonnet is talking to Louisa; I think she ismy ugliest doll, 'because she has a cross face. It is a dinner-party,you see, only those two ladies happened to call late. John is cometo tell them the carriage is round, for dinner is waiting, as youwill see."2
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THE DINING-ROOM.<"A O H, Milly! what a splendid dining-room!" said Edith;" the chairs are all of velvet; and what a fine footmanthis one is!""Yes," said Milly, "he is a China doll; and I have paintedhis hair white to look like powder.""How pretty the vases are!" observed her little friend;"did you make those flowers yourself, Milly ?""Yes, dear; Mamma told me a long time ago that I was tohave the Doll's House soon, so I got everything ready. I madethe flowers out of silver paper, and Mamma gave me some of herold wreaths for the leaves; they were too large, of course, but Icut them smaller. The pictures on the walls I painted. Oh ittook a long time and a great deal of trouble to get everythingready for my Doll's House.""You have been very industrious," said Edith." Mamma said that in furnishing my Doll's House, I shouldlearn how to furnish my own house by-and-by; she and I madethe screen-Mamma did the framework in wire, and I covered itwith paper; there are pictures stuck on the other side of it."" I think Mrs. Gray and her friends will like their dinnervery much," said Edith; " how tiresome it was of the ladies tocall just at dinner time! Shall we bring the dolls in now and seatthem at the table ?"" Not yet, pvase," replied Milly; " you must see the rest ofthe house before we begi^to play; come to the bedroom upstairs."3.
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THE BEDROOM.T F I had such a pretty bedroom as this to sleep in, I shouldfeel quite like a grown-up lady," said Edith. "Did youmake the bed-furniture ?""Yes," replied Milly; "the bed was ready before the Doll'sHouse came home; Mamma thought it would please me best tolet me furnish it myself, so I made the curtains, and the toilette-cover, and the bed-hangings; I hemmed the sheets, and stuffedthe bed and the little pillows."Did you stuff them with feathers, Milly ?""Oh, no, I could not get enough; I stuffed them withtiny scraps of paper, curled round an old penknife. In the twi-light when I could not see to do anything else, I used to sit bythe fire and curl my little thin strips of paper. Papa gave me allhis old envelopes for it. Preparing for a Doll's House teaches onenot to waste anything-all kinds of scraps become useful for it."" Your housemaid is very neatly dressed," said Edith."Yes; and does she not look nice in her little blue printfrock and her white cap ? I always like to see my servants neatlydressed," added Milly, with a little housewifely air."Is this Mrs. Gray's room ?" asked Edith." Yes, Mrs. Gray and her daughter Rosalind's-the doll inthe drawing-room, dressed in green-you can see her between hermamma and the lady saying good-by. Mrs. Gray makes her putaway her clothes neatly, for she says there is nothing more unlady-like than an untidy bedroom."4
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THE KITCHEN.T HE kitchen quite delighted Edith; she admired the brightcoppers and the shining saucepans; the hams hangingfrom the ceiling; the paste-board and rolling-pin which cook usesfor making tart-crust; the little pair of bellows, the coffee-pot, thetea-pot, and the candle-sticks-nothing escaped her notice. Atlast she exclaimed-"Milly, I think you have dressed the cook in the same greenmerino that my dress is made of!"Milly laughed. "Yes, I have," she said, merrily; " Mammahad a dress once like it, and she gave me a piece of it, which justdid for cook; it is comfortable for her this cold weather. Sheis a very clean woman, and will take care not to grease it.""The kitchen is so clean that it looks as nice as the drawing-room," said Edith. "Indeed, I rather think I like it better.""And so do I," cried Milly, "for there are so many prettythings in it; to be sure, it is a little troublesome to keep them allclean, but a lady must look after her kitchen and see that it is nice,or the house will not be comfortable. I am very particular aboutmy saucepans."" What is the cook doing ?" asked Edith."She is roasting and basting the pheasants for the secondcourse. The first course is on the table.""Let us go, then, and carry the dolls in to dinner at once,Milly, or it will all be cold," said the child; and they returned tothe drawing-room.5
THE FIRESIDE.T HE little playfellows carried the dolls to the dining-room,and seated them on the crimson velvet chairs. Then theytook the covers off and helped them to the several dishes. Thepowdered footman proved rather slow and awkward; but Millyand Edith did not care for that, because it was greater fun to waittable themselves. When the dolls had dined, they went back tothe drawing-room, and a little while afterwards they had tea.Then Milly and Edith sang to them, pretending there was a con-cert; and at last, when the evening was over, they put Mrs. Grayand Rosalind to bed. The servants slept in the same room, onthe floor, for want of space, and the " company" were put back intheir own bed, or in the drawers they used to sleep in. And nowit was evening-the lamp was lighted, and the kettle sang on thehearth. Milly sat on her little stool by the fire, and Edith in theeasy-chair. By-and-by there was a knock at the door, and Milly'sMamma came in. She was very glad to see Edith, and askedher if she had had a good game of play."Oh, yes, thank you," said Edith, " I never enjoyed a visitso much. What a beautiful Doll's House Milly has !""Yes, my dear; and I am desired by your Mamma (whomI have just seen) to tell you, that if you continue a good girl,your Christmas gift will also be a Doll's House."6
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