The Bobbsey Twins at Meadow Brook
Laura Lee Hope
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The Bobbsey Twins are the principal characters of what was, for 75 years, the Stratemeyer Syndicate's longest-running series of American children's novels, penned under the pseudonym Laura Lee Hope. The books related the adventures of the children of the upper-middle-class Bobbsey family, which included two sets of fraternal twins: Nan and Bert, who were twelve years old, and Flossie and Freddie, who were six. The Bobbsey Twins at Meadow Brook is the seventh book in the series, published in 1915.

The Bobbsey Twins at Meadow Brook

Laura Lee Hope

Chapter I
A Crockery Crash

“Well, here we are back home again!” exclaimed Nan Bobbsey, as she satdown in a chair on the porch. “Oh, but we have had such a goodtime!”

“The best ever!” exclaimed her brother Bert, as he set down the valisehe had been carrying, and walked back to the front gate to take asmall satchel from his mother.

“I’m going to carry mine! I want to carry mine all the way!” criedlittle fat Freddie Bobbsey, thinking perhaps his bigger brother mightwant to take, too, his bundle.

“All right, you can carry your own, Freddie,” said Bert, pleasantly.“But it’s pretty heavy for you.”

“It — it isn’t very heavy,” panted Freddie, as he struggled on with hisbundle, his short fat legs fairly “twinkling” to and fro as he came upthe walk. “It’s got some cookies in, too, my bundle has; and Flossieand I are going to eat ‘em when we get on the porch.”

“Oh, so that’s the reason you didn’t want Bert to take your package,is it?” asked Mrs. Bobbsey, with a smile, as she patted the little fatchap on the head.

“Oh, well, I’ll give Bert a cookie if he wants one,” said Freddie,generously, “but I’m strong enough to carry my own bundle all the way;aren’t I, Dinah?” and he appealed to a fat, good-natured lookingcolored woman, who was waddling along, carrying a number of packages.

“Dat’s what yo’ is, honey lamb! Dat’s what yo’ is!” Dinah exclaimed.“An’ ef I could see dat man ob mine, Sam Johnson, I’d make him takesome ob dese yeah t’ings.”

As Dinah spoke there came from around the corner of the house a tall,slim colored man, who as soon as he saw the party of returningtravelers, ran forward to help them carry their luggage.

“Well, it’s about time dat yo’ come t’ help us, Sam Johnson!”exclaimed his wife. “It’s about time!”

“Didn’t know yo’ all was a-comin’, Dinah! Didn’t know yo’ all wouldget heah so soon, ‘deed I didn’t!” Sam exclaimed, with a laugh, thatshowed his white teeth in strange contrast to his black face.“Freddie, shall I take yo’ package? Flossie, let me reliebe yo’,little Missie!”

“No, Sam, thank you!” answered the little girl, who was just about thesize and build of Freddie. “I have only Snoop, our cat, and I cancarry him easily enough. You help Dinah!”

“‘Deed an’ he had better help me!” exclaimed the colored cook.

Sam took all the packages he could carry, and hurried with them to thestoop. But he had not gone very far before something happened.

From behind him rushed a big dog, barking and leaping about, glad,probably, to be home again from part of the summer vacation.