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The Zankiwank

“It is so convenient, you see, if you don’t want to be at home to any visitor. When you see anyone coming up the garden path, you move the crank and away you go, and your visitor, to his well-bred consternation, finds himself gazing in at the kitchen window. And then he naturally departs with many misgivings as to the state of his health. Especially if the cook is taken by surprise. You should never take a cook by surprise. It always spoils her photograph.”

“Oh dear! Oh dear!” cried Maude, “why will you say such contradictory things! I don’t see the sense of having such a house at all. It would upset things so.”

“Besides,” chimed in Willie, “you would never have any aspect or prospect.”

“Are they both good to eat?” said the Jackarandajam, eagerly.

“Of course not. I meant that your house would first be facing the East, and then South, and then West, and then North, and what would be the use of that?”