The Reform Of William

After hearing at a Sunday school about “starting afresh”, William decides to “turn” – but not until the “day after to-morrow”. William decides, with the one day he has left, to do all the things he hasn’t got round to yet. This involves shooting a pea at the gardener’s bald head, moving things around in the dining room and ‘borrowing’ a horse and caravan. Some of the owners of the latter happen to be in it, and when it overturns, they pursue William and complain to his father. His last act, painting the cat green, is followed by a “rhetoric” from Mr. Brown, and an early bedtime. William decides he’s not going to turn “for a year or two”.

Originally featured in Home Magazine September 1921

The pea did not embed itself into the gardener’s skull as William had sometimes thought it would. It bounced back. The gardener also bounced back.

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