Lucy looks into a Wardrobe

OncetherewerefourchildrenwhosenameswerePeter,Susan,EdmundandLucy.ThisstoryisaboutsomethingthathappenedtothemwhentheyweresentawayfromLondonduringthewarbecauseoftheair-raids.TheyweresenttothehouseofanoldProfessorwholivedintheheartofthecountry,tenmilesfromthenearestrailwaystationandtwomilesfromthenearestpostoffice.HehadnowifeandhelivedinaverylargehousewithahousekeepercalledMrsMacreadyandthreeservants.(TheirnameswereIvy,MargaretandBetty,buttheydonotcomeintothestorymuch.)Hehimselfwasaveryoldmanwithshaggywhitehairwhichgrewovermostofhisfaceaswellasonhishead,andtheylikedhimalmostatonce;butonthefirsteveningwhenhecameouttomeetthematthefrontdoorhewassoodd-lookingthatLucy(whowastheyoungest)wasalittleafraidofhim,andEdmund(whowasthenextyoungest)wantedtolaughandhadtokeeponpretendinghewasblowinghisnosetohideit.

AssoonastheyhadsaidgoodnighttotheProfessorandgoneupstairsonthefirstnight,theboyscameintothegirls’roomandtheyalltalkeditover.

"We’vefallenonourfeetandnomistake,"saidPeter."Thisisgoingtobeperfectlysplendid.Thatoldchapwillletusdoanythingwelike."

"Ithinkhe’sanolddear,"saidSusan.

"Oh,comeoffit!"saidEdmund,whowastiredandpretendingnottobetired,whichalwaysmadehimbad-tempered."Don’tgoontalkinglikethat."

"Likewhat?"saidSusan;"andanyway,it’stimeyouwereinbed."

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