Gladys was at school in a small, quiet town in England. She was sixteen years old, and her father and mother were poor, and their house was very small.
Maisie was Gladys's friend. She went to that school as well. Gladys said, “Maisie, I'm going to find a very rich man and I'm going to marry him. Then I'm going to have a beautiful house and a large garden, and a lot of clothes, and a lot of money.”
Maisie smiled and said, “Where are you going to find a very rich man, Gladys? There aren't any in our town.” But Gladys was a very pretty girl. Her eyes were blue, and her hair was black and soft. She went to London, and then she went to America. She found a tall, very rich man there, and she married him. She was twenty-two years old then. Then she and her husband went to England. They went to Gladys's old house, and Maisie came there.
Gladys said, “I've married a very rich man, Maisie, and I've got a beautiful house and a large garden and four gardeners. And I've bought a lot of clothes and I have money as well. My husband's got a plane too, and he flies it!” Maisie said, “A lot of people have got planes and fly them, Gladys.”
“In their house?” Gladys asked.
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