“Jessamine,” said Tristram, “may I pray to God for a white mouse?”Jessamine hesitated. “I don't really like mice about the house,” she said.“But I'd keep it in control,” said Tristram. “I'd keep it in my pocket always. It wouldn't get about the house.”“Very well,” said Jessamine.“Dear God,” prayed Tristram, “please may I have a white mouse. Amen.”“I would like a doll from France,” said Jane, and without waiting for permission from Jessamine she prayed, “God, I'll have a doll from France,” and gave Michael another kick.
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