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Alexander Milne >> Winnie-the-Pooh and all,all,all (page 10)


When Pooh saw what it was, he nearly fell down, he was so pleased. It was a Special Pencil Case. There were pencils in it marked B for Bear, and pencils marked HB for Helping Bear, and pencils marked BB for Brave Bear. There was a knife for sharpening the pencils, and indiarubber for rubbing out anything which you had spelt wrong, and a ruler for ruling lines for the words to walk on, and inches marked on the ruler in case you wanted to know how many inches anything was, and Blue Pencils and Red Pencils and Green Pencils for saying special things in blue and red and green. And all these lovely things were in little pockets of their own in a Special Case which shut with a click when you clicked it. And they were all for Pooh.

Oh! said Pooh.

Oh, Pooh! said everybody else except Eeyore.

Thank-you, growled Pooh.

But Eeyore was saying to himself, This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.

Later on, when they had all said Good-bye and Thank-you to Christopher Robin, Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening, and for a long time they were silent.

When you wake up in the morning, Pooh, said Piglet at last, what's the first thing you say to yourself?

What's for breakfast? said Pooh. What do you say, Piglet?

I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting to-day? said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

It's the same thing, he said.

And what did happen? asked Christopher Robin.

When?

Next morning.

I don't know.

Could you think, and tell me and Pooh some time?

If you wanted it very much.

Pooh does, said Christopher Robin.

He gave a deep sigh, picked his bear up by the leg and walked off to the door, trailing Winnie-the-Pooh behind him. At the door he turned and said, Coming to see me have my bath?

I might, I said.

Was Pooh's pencil case any better than mine?

It was just the same, I said.

He nodded and went out... and in a moment I heard Winnie-the-Poohbump, bump, bumpgoing up the stairs behind him.

Title: Winnie-the-Pooh and all,all,all
Author: Alexander Milne
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