A Question of Grammar

Mr. Brown refuses to allow William to have a party when the family is away the following weekend. At school the following week, William’s schoolwork focuses on double negatives – at which point William realizes his fathers refusal can be turned into an allowance – and so organises a party. On the day, Cook locks the huge mass of boys who have turned up out of the house, but they break in and lock her in the cellar. The ensuing game of Hide and Seek, and the raiding of the larder, leaves the house decimated. Vegetables – coinciding with the return of the Browns – pelt the returning Jane. His parents simply don’t understand about double negatives, William rues.

Originally featured in Home Magazine July 1921

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