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It is mine. I—” “I’ll take that package, Mr. Knox,” Uncle Peter said sternly. “I’ll take it. ” “But I didn’t mean—” Mr. Knox handed the parcel to Uncle Peter. Alec’s eyes ﬂashed. He clenched his hands. “That isn’t fair! It is my book. I worked for it. ” he said. ” Alec swallowed hard. ” Uncle Peter put the small package behind the seat. Then he closed his eyes. Alec started to argue, but Mr. Knox shook his head. Alec stuck his hands into his pockets and kept silent. It seemed a long time until the carriage came to the home plantation.
Shouted Alec as he threw his arms around his uncle’s neck. “There! ” said his uncle. “Give me a breath. You may ride the cane for me in the mornings. I will pay you for that. Then in the afternoons you may go to school. ” “Will I do it? ” Alec pounded on the table because he was so excited. ” Uncle Peter smiled. He put his arm about his nephew’s shoulders. “I believe you would, Alec,” he said. ” “And do you think that you can keep that temper of yours, my boy? That is your worst fault, you know,” Uncle Peter asked.
It’s splendid, Alec dear. We ought to celebrate. ” shouted Alec. “A picnic on the shore— oh, that would be ﬁne. ” His mother nodded. Alec began to sing as he ran up the stairs to change his clothes: “A picnic, a picnic— Supper by the sea. ” 56 Chapter 8 School At Last T he picnic was a great success. Alec and his mother laughed and swam and ate Becca’s good supper. When they reached home, they both felt happy. Alec’s mother was tired, but he was still excited thinking about tomorrow. The next morning, when Alec started off across the plantation, it was still dark.