After Fee had poured everyone a cup of tea Reebok Runtone from her giant pot, they stayed talking, drinking or reading for an hour or more, Paddy puffing on his pipe with his head in a library book, Fee continuously refilling cups, Bob immersed in another library book, while the younger children made plans for the morrow. School had dispersed for the long summer Reebok Sneakers vacation; the boys were on the loose and eager to commence their allotted chores around the house and garden. Bob had to touch up the exterior paintwork Reebok Pumps where it was necessary, Jack and Hughie dealt with the woodheap, outbuildings and milking, Stuart tended the vegetables; play compared to the horrors of school. From time to time Paddy lifted his head from his book to add another job to the list, but Fee said nothing, and Frank sat slumped tiredly, sipping Reebok Shoes cup after cup of tea.
Finally Fee beckoned Meggie to Reebok ZigTech sit on a high stool, and did up her hair in its nightly rags before packing her off to bed with Stu and Hughie; Jack and Bob begged to Reebok EasyTone be excused and went outside to feed the Reebok dogs; Frank took Meggie's doll to the worktable and began to glue its hair on again. Stretching, Padraic closed his book and put ZigTech his pipe into the huge iridescent paua shell which served him as an ashtray.
"Well, Mother, I'm off to bed."
"Good night, Paddy."