In this essay I am supposed to write my own short chapter in the book I’m currently reading which is, Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.
It was late in the morning, on a Saturday afternoon. The birds were softly singing, the grasshoppers jumping just out of reach of the birds hungry mouths, the cool breeze whistling through the leaves and branches of the nearby trees, specifically the old Willow who has seen and heard so many wonderful, horrible, exciting adventures of the dear boys. Dan and Teddy were fishing though, Teddy was the only one really enjoying this since there were no fish in the small pond where all the ducks and hens washed. Nat was sitting in the old Willow carefully making music to go along with the whistling of the soft wind. Stuffy, George if you want to be formal, came walking down towards the small museum where all their fascinating collections were held. “Hey! Stuffy what’cha doin’?” Tommy called from the meadow where he, Ned, and Emil were playing catch. “Oh jus’ goin’ to look at the new butterfly Dan added.” Stuffy replied and continued his slow romp to the museum. “Oh! Danny! Wook I caughted un!” Teddy yelled and held up his fishing pole to show the tiny larvae on the tip. “Good job Teddy. Let’s go and put it by the others in the museum.” Dan took the little boys’ hand and walked off to their museum.
It was late in the evening now, supper was about to be had, the boys were about to wash, and everything was being prepared for Sunday, the next day, when Demi, Nat, Tommy, and Dan came in looking like street boys, all dirty, smelly, hair in weird arrangements, and looking as though they had seen a ghost. “Well! What in the world happened to you four?” Mrs. Joe asked being startled by the four, normally looking clean, boys. “We saw a ghost!” Demi said, looking more excited than scared, now that he was inside the warm cozy house. “Yeah, it was a big one too! Came this close to taking my life with ‘im!” Tommy said as he sunk down in a chair, panting as hard and fast as a dog. “Oh dear, did you really?” Mrs. Joe said, she knew that there was no such thing, but the boys were very scared and it was enjoyable to see them having little adventures. “Yes’m. It came at us as we were coming in. Almost got Tommy but we ran away as fast as our legs would take us.” Nat said his fear dissolving as well. “Well, let’s have supper and you can tell everyone all about your ghost.” And with that the boys washed up and went to the table, for they were hungry, and wanted to tell everyone about their ghost.
As soon as they had sat down and everyone had begun to eat, Dan began to tell the story, being the oldest one who had encountered the ghost. “We were just walking down the path to the house, and as you know it’s starting to get darker faster, moon is already out, and as we were passing by some trees, this white ghost suddenly comes down upon us! We were scared silly and began yelling and runnin’ away as fast as we could. In the distance we heard something like a child crying, it was so spooky.” Dan said and then Nat, and the others began telling their side of the story.
Now, what these boys didn’t know was that Daisy and Nan had decided to wash their dolls’ best dresses, so they would be ready for their Sunday play the next day. Forgetting about one dress, which happened to be white and hanging on a branch to dry, the girls had gone and began a new game. Now since it was dark and the wind was blowing softly, the dress had looked like a ghost, all shiny in the light of the moon, with the wind blowing it this way and that. The boys had run right into it, not seeing the branch it hung on, or the frilly bows around the neckline, not even the lace ribbon sewed to the back of it, blowing around in the wind. And as for the crying in the distance, that had been the other boys as they finished playing and began to go home for supper, hollering at one another, racing each other, and being boys.
Early the next morning as everybody was preparing for the walk, Daisy noticed that she was missing the big white dress for the big doll her and Nan shared. “Aunty Joe! I cannot find Caroline’s dress.” Daisy cried to her aunt. “Well, didn’t you wash it yesterday?” Mrs. Joe replied, trying to get Teddy to sit still. “Yes! I did! And I know exactly where it is!” Daisy said and they all decided that they would go get her dress during the walk. Now Dan noticing where they were going, and seeing the dress, realized that their ghost was not as scary as they had all thought. “Why! That’s exactly where the ghost was when we were walking home!’’ Demi called as he too recognized the area. “Then that means that our ghost was really just a silly old dress!” Tommy cried, and every one began to laugh, and they laughed and they laughed.
That night at supper, they were all still laughing, and no one has ever forgotten about the ghost.