Day 165: William and Cleopatra

The facts

“How much do carpets cost, mother?”
“Pounds and pounds, dear,” said Mrs Brown.
“Aren’t there any cheaper than that?” he demanded.
“I suppose you can get very common ones for about a pound, but it wouldn’t last any time at all, of course.”
“I suppose you couldn’t get a very, very common one for about sixpence?” asked William hopefully.

  • Number: 15.4
  • Published: 1933 (1932 in magazine form)
  • Book: William the Rebel
  • Synopsis: William has to resort to desperate measures to gain an audience with an angry neighbour.


Having inadvertantly destroyed most of Miss Hathaway’s garden, William is anxious to plead his case before her – and to do so before she manages to complain to his father.

Then he hears the story of how Cleopatra secured an audience with Caesar. And he knows exactly what he has to do.

It involves dogs.