Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army.
I know I do--teaching those tiresome children nearly all day, when I'm longing to enjoy myself at home," began Meg, in the complaining tone again.
Really, girls, you are both to be blamed," said Meg, beginning to lecture in her elder-sisterly fashion.
As for you, Amy," continued Meg, "you are altogether to particular and prim.
You're a dear, and nothing else," answered Meg warmly, and no one contradicted her, for the `Mouse' was the pet of the family.
Meg stopped lecturing, and lighted the lamp, Amy got out of the easy chair without being asked, and Jo forgot how tired she was as she sat up to hold the slippers nearer to the blaze.
Tripe it was; and Meg, in high joy, protested he should say, in half a minute more, it was the best tripe ever stewed.
And so,' said Meg, busying herself exultingly with the basket,
He'd eat his dinner with an appetite, whoever he was, if it smelt like this,' said Meg, cheerfully.
Then here,' said Meg, clapping her hands, after a moment's bustle;
laughed Meg, as she set the basin, and a knife and fork, before him.