The Wishing Cap

THE WISHING-CAP. 5 “ There, take it,” cried Louisa, throwing the cap at him, “ and make haste.” The cap fell at Charles’ feet: he took it up, and laid it on the table. “ Put it on your head, you foolish boy,” said James, “ and wish a wish.” Charles smiled, but he did not offer to take up the cap. “ What are you about?” said James, giving him a push, “ put on the cap and tell us your wish.” “ Charles,” said the lady, “ don’t you understand w’hat you are to do 1 Put on the cap, and don’t be stupid.” “ I thank you, ma’am,” answered Charles, “ but I beg that you will not be angry if I don’t put on the wishing- cap.” “But you shall have it on,” said James, taking it off the table, and putting it on his head. Charles took it quietly off his head, and laid it on the table. The lady looked surprised, and drawing Charles to her, she said, “ What is the meaning of your behaviour; why will you not play with us ?” “ Perhaps you may not be pleased if I tell you, ma’am; and I do not wish to make you angry,” answered little Charles.