"Read aloud to us," suggested grandma, "and perhaps Eunice will hold the wool for me while you do." Cricket liked to read aloud, and she got a book very willingly. "Here's a lovely story," she said, "all about battles and fighting, and exciting things. 'How Captain Jack Won His Epauplets." "Won his what?" asked grandma, holding her ball suspended. "His epauplets.
He was just a plain, every-day soldier, you know, to start with." "Oh! won his epaulets, you mean," said grandma, gravely. "Won his oh, of course! how stupid of me!" looking more closely at the word. "Now I've always thought that word was epauplets, grandma, truly I did." "Go on and begin," said Eunice; "how did he win them?" The reading proceeded quietly for a time.