The Bobbsey Twins at School, Laura Lee Hope
The Bobbsey Twins at School
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 fourth book, The Bobbsey Twins at School, published in 1913, begins the next autumn, with Nan and Bert "nearly nine years old" and Freddie and Flossie "almost five."

The Bobbsey Twins at School

by
Laura Lee Hope


Chapter I
A Circus Train

“MAMMA, how much longer have we got to ride?” asked Nan Bobbsey, turning in her seat in the railroad car, to look at her parents, who sat behind her.

“Are you getting tired?” asked Nan’s brother Bert. “If you are I’ll sit next to the window, and watch the telegraph poles and trees go by. Maybe that’s what tires you, Nan,” he added, and his father smiled, for he saw that Bert had two thoughts for himself, and one for his sister.

“No, I’m not tired of the scenery,” answered the brownhaired and browneyed girl, “but you may sit next the window, Bert, if you like.”

“Thanks!” he exclaimed as he scrambled over to the place his sister gave up.

“Are you tired, dearie?” asked Mrs. Bobbsey, leaning forward and smoothing out her daughter’s hair with her hand. “If you would like to sit with me and put your head in my lap, papa can go to another seat and — ”

“Oh, no, mamma, I’m not as tired as that,” and Nan laughed. “I was just wondering how soon we’d be home.”

“I’d rather be back at the seashore,” said Bert, not turning his gaze from the window, for the train was passing along some fields just then, and in one a boy was driving home some cows to be milked, as evening was coming on. Bert was wondering if one of the cows might not chase the boy. Bert didn’t really want to see the boy hurt by a cow, of course, but he thought that if the cow was going to take after the boy, anyhow, he might just as well see it. But the cows were very well-behaved, and went along slowly.

“Yes, the seashore was nice,” murmured Nan, as she leaned her head back on the cushioned seat, “but I’m glad to be going home again. I want to see some of the girls, and — ”

“Yes, and I’ll be looking for some of the boys, too,” put in Bert. “But school will soon begin, and that’s no fun!”

Mr. and Mrs. Bobbsey smiled at each other, and Mr. Bobbsey, taking out a timetable, looked to see how much longer they would be on the train.

“It’s about an hour yet,” he said to Nan, and she sighed. Really she was more tired than she cared to let her mother know.

Just ahead of the two Bobbsey children were another set of them. I say “set” for the Bobbsey children came “in sets.”

There were two pairs of twins, Bert and Nan, nearly nine years of age, and Flossie and Freddie, almost five. And, whereas the two older children were rather tall and slim, with dark brown hair and eyes, the littler twins were short and fat, and had light hair and blue eyes. The two pairs of twins were quite a contrast, and many persons stopped to look at them as they passed along the street together.

“No, sir,” went on Bert musingly, “school’s no fun, and it starts about a week after we get home. No chance to have a good time!”

“We’ve had fun all summer,” replied his sister. “I rather like school.”

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