To AUNT HELEN C.F.C.A. PLUS 100. A1 (These letters mean Certified First Class Aunt. There are Aunts of all kinds, and all the good ones should be given certificates by their nephews and nieces to distinguish them from Uncertified Aunts, like Nancy's and Peggy's G.A.)
'It's not what I call homely,' said the old Cook, standing in the doorway of the spare bedroom at Beckfoot and looking at an enormous skull and crossbones done in black and white paint on two huge sheets of paper and fixed with drawing pins on the wall above the head of the bed.
The only boatbuilder who ever finished a boat on time was Noah, and he only did it because he knew he'd be drowned if he didn't.
Timothy sat up suddenly. "Oh look here", he said, "I'm all for a quiet life after this." "Well you won't exactly have one," said Nancy. "Not yet. You can't expect it. Not with the Swallows coming, and Uncle Jim, and five whole weeks of the holidays still to go."
The dreaded Great Aunt invites herself to stay with Nancy and Peggy just as their friends arrive for the Summer. Nancy and Peggy have to become Martyrs, wearing dresses and reading poetry, while friends Dick and Dorothea become Picts, secret inhabitants of the country who must never be seen.
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The dreaded Great Aunt has come to stay with Nancy and Peggy just as their friends arrive for the summer holiday. Now Nancy and Peggy must wear dresses and read poetry by day. But at night they break out for wildness. It's a desperate gamble, but can it possibly work against the eagle eyes of the fearsome Great Aunt?… (more)