One of a series of plays set at Christmas time intended for young boys and girls. It is intended, not only for acting, but also for reading. What sort of a Christmas play do the boys and girls like, and in what sort do we like to see them take part? It should be a play, surely, in which the dialogue is simple and natural, not stilted and artificial; one that seems like a bit of real life, and yet has plenty of fancy and imagination in it; one that suggests and helps to perpetuate some of the happy and wholesome customs of Christmas; above all, one that is pervaded by the Christmas spirit.
The curtain opens, and you see a room in a house and four people, just as Mother Goose promised. On one side is a fire–place, and notice the stockings hanging by it. At the back is a window, looking out into the street, but you cannot see anything there, because it is dark out of doors. The little girl’s name is Polly, but the first one to speak is her brother, named JACK, who looks up from his letter and says:
Mother, how do you spell “friend”?
MOTHER answers: F, r, i, e, n, d. Have you nearly finished your letter, Jack?