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Excerpt from The French Maid and the Phonograph: A Plan in One Act Did you - er - notice anything? (showing her hair arranged latest fashion) Mrs. Green. Yes - I notice, (putting her hand on Flossie's head) Flossie (ducking). Ouch! Oh, please don't touch it! The hairpins stick in awfully. I suppose that's because I'm not used to them yet. Mrs. Green (smiling). No doubt, (sitting beside her) Well, my dear young lady, what do you suppose I'm going to give you for your birthday? (Flossie looks interested.) I thought and thought, and I could not decide what you would like. I remembered in the fairy-tales, when the fairy godmother makes a birthday present, she generally gives a wish. So that's what I'm going to give you, Flossie, - a birthday wish. Only - as I am just a plain mother instead of a fairy godmother, your wish must not cost over ten dollars. Also, because, my dear daughter, you are sometimes hasty and do things you are sorry for, I want you to consult me in making your choice. Take time to think now, and wish for what you would like best. If I approve, I'll give it to you at once. Flossie (embracing Mrs. Green). Oh, mother! how lovely! A birthday wish! What fun! And you'll certainly approve of my choice, for I'll think about it ever so carefully! Mrs. Green. That's right, my dear, and I'm going to make you, besides - guess what! Flossie. I know - a birthday cake. Mrs. Green. Yes. Going.) Clear up everything off the floor now, and Flossie, put every bit of that paper and string in the scrap-basket and then go carry it to the kitchen coal-scuttle. [Exit. Flossie (with expression of distaste). Kitchen coal-scuttle! How I hate the mention of such things! So menial! Me, a young lady, sent to dump rubbish in the kitchen coal-scuttle ! (Putting presents on the side-table and papers in the basket. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.