After remaining behind after school to have the notion of ‘Interest’ explained to him, William suddenly discovers tender feelings towards his teacher, Miss. Drew. At home, William changes. He empties the hothouse of flowers so as to place them on her desk. He moves to the front of the classroom so as to be able to listen to her more carefully. He actually does his home-lessons (to Mr. Brown’s annoyance when William continually asks him questions), and he walks home with her. One night, as she and her cousin walk past William’s house, he joyfully joins them, to Miss. Drew’s obvious chagrin. Next day, apparently discovering she likes Syringa, he endeavours to get some for her by entering a house, thereby startling the owner and having to hide from the police in a hen house. Actually, Miss. Drew hates Syringa, and this inability to say what she means drives William back to the playing of Red Indians in the evening.
Originally featured in Home Magazine October 1920