P. L. Travers
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Inside just a little curly body was a portray
of Mary Poppins
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Copyright © 1981 by P. L. Travers
Copyright 1934 by P. L. Travers
Copyright renewed 1962 by P. L. Travers
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First Harcourt Younger Basic/Odyssey Basic editions 1997
First revealed 1934
The Library of Congress has cataloged an earlier version as follows:
Travers, P. L., 1899–1996.
Mary Poppins/P. L. Travers; illustrated by Mary Shepard.
Abstract: A rare English nanny blows in on the East Wind
along with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpet bag and introduces her
fees, Jane and Michael, to some pleasant folks and experiences.
[1. Fantasy. 2. Magic—Fiction. 3. England—Fiction.]
I. Shepard, Mary, 1909– sick. II. Title.
ISBN-13: 978-0-15-205810-Four ISBN-10: 0-15-205810-9
Textual content set in Outdated Fashion 7
Designed by April Ward
Printed in america of America
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I. East Wind [>]
II. The Day Out [>]
III. Laughing Fuel [>]
IV. Miss Lark’s Andrew [>]
V. The Dancing Cow [>]
VI. Unhealthy Tuesday (Revised model) [>]
VII. The Hen Lady [>]
VIII. Mrs. Corry [>]
IX. John and Barbara’s Story [>]
X. Full Moon [>]
XI. Christmas Procuring [>]
XII. West Wind [>]
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Mary Poppins, by Bert Frontispiece
“I shall put on two overcoats” [>]
Holding her hat on with one hand and carrying a bag within the different [>]
“I am the Waiter, you recognize!” [>]
There they have been, all collectively, up within the air [>]
Miss Persimmon was stumbling by the air [>]
Crept nearer to her and fell asleep [>]
Miss Lark was operating about in her backyard [>]
Jane was in mattress with an earache [>]
“What have we right here, ho?” [>]
Kicked Mrs. Brill very laborious on the shin [>]
The compass [>]
Sir Christopher Wren’s Cathedral [>]
The birds go creeping beneath [>]
Gave one every to John and Barbara [>]
One finish on the earth and the opposite leaning on the sky [>]
John and Barbara [>]
“Huh!” stated the Starling. “Take a look at ’em!” [>]
Admiral Increase [>]
Forming themselves into a hoop spherical Mary Poppins [>]
The Hamadryad [>]
She wrenched herself away from her wonderful reflection [>]
“‘Ere! Come down! We won’t ‘ave this type of factor!” [>]
Every seized a Twin and rushed again to the window [>]
Floating away over the roofs of the homes [>]
Additionally insets and tailpieces
IF YOU WANT to search out Cherry-Tree Lane all it’s a must to do is ask the Policeman on the cross-roads. He’ll push his helmet barely to 1 aspect, scratch his head thoughtfully, after which he’ll level his big white-gloved finger and say: “First to your proper, second to your left, sharp proper once more, and also you’re there. Good-morning.”
And positive sufficient, should you observe his instructions precisely, you may be there—proper in the course of Cherry-Tree Lane, the place the homes run down one aspect and the Park runs down the opposite and the cherry-trees go dancing proper down the center.
If you’re searching for Quantity Seventeen—and it’s greater than seemingly that you may be, for this guide is all about that exact home—you’ll very quickly discover it. To start with, it’s the smallest home within the Lane. And moreover that, it’s the just one that’s relatively dilapidated and wishes a coat of paint. However Mr. Banks, who owns it, stated to Mrs. Banks that she might have both a pleasant, clear, snug home or 4 youngsters. However not each, for he could not afford it.
And after Mrs. Banks had given the matter some consideration she got here to the conclusion that she would relatively have Jane, who was the eldest, and Michael, who got here subsequent, and John and Barbara, who have been Twins and got here final of all. So it was settled, and that was how the Banks household got here to dwell at Quantity Seventeen, with Mrs. Brill to prepare dinner for them, and Ellen to put the tables, and Robertson Ay to chop the garden and clear the knives and polish the sneakers and, as Mr. Banks all the time stated, “to waste his time and my cash.”
And, in fact, moreover these there was Katie Nanna, who does not actually deserve to come back into the guide in any respect as a result of, on the time I’m talking of, she had simply left Quantity Seventeen.
“With out by your go away or a phrase of warning. And what am I to do?” stated Mrs. Banks.
“Promote, my expensive,” stated Mr. Banks, placing on his sneakers. “And I want Robertson Ay would go with no phrase of warning, for he has once more polished one boot and left the opposite untouched. I shall look very lopsided.”
“That,” stated Mrs. Banks, “shouldn’t be of the least significance. You have not instructed me what I am to do about Katie Nanna.”
“I do not see how you are able to do something about her since she has disappeared,” replied Mr. Banks, “But when it have been me—I imply I—effectively, I ought to get any person to place within the Morning Paper the information that Jane and Michael and John and Barbara Banks (to say nothing of their Mom) require the very best Nannie on the lowest doable wage and without delay. Then I ought to wait and look ahead to the Nannies to queue up exterior the entrance gate, and I ought to get very cross with them for holding up the site visitors and making it crucial for me to provide the policeman a shilling for placing him to a lot hassle. Now I have to be off. Whew, it is as chilly because the North Pole. Which manner is the wind blowing?”
And as he stated that, Mr. Banks popped his head out of the window and seemed down the Lane to Admiral Increase’s home on the nook. This was the grandest home within the Lane, and the Lane was very happy with it as a result of it was constructed precisely like a ship. There was a flagstaff within the backyard, and on the roof was a gilt weathercock formed like a telescope.
“Ha!” stated Mr. Banks, drawing in his head in a short time. “Admiral’s telescope says East Wind. I assumed as a lot. There may be frost in my bones. I shall put on two overcoats.” And he kissed his spouse absent-mindedly on one aspect of her nostril and waved to the kids and went away to the Metropolis.
Now, the Metropolis was a spot the place Mr. Banks went daily—besides Sundays, in fact, and Financial institution Holidays—and whereas he was there he sat on a big chair in entrance of a big desk and made cash. All day lengthy he labored, reducing out pennies and shillings and half-crowns and threepenny-bits. And he br
ought them residence with him in his little black bag. Generally he would give some to Jane and Michael for his or her money-boxes, and when he could not spare any he would say, “The Financial institution is damaged,” and they’d know he hadn’t made a lot cash that day.
Nicely, Mr. Banks went off together with his black bag, and Mrs. Banks went into the drawing-room and sat there all day lengthy writing letters to the papers and begging them to ship some Nannies to her without delay as she was ready; and upstairs within the Nursery, Jane and Michael watched on the window and puzzled who would come. They have been glad Katie Nanna had gone, for that they had by no means favored her. She was outdated and fats and smelt of barley-water. Something, they thought, could be higher than Katie Nanna—if not a lot better.
When the afternoon started to die away behind the Park, Mrs. Brill and Ellen got here to provide them their supper and to bathtub the Twins. And after supper Jane and Michael sat on the window anticipating Mr. Banks to come back residence, and listening to the sound of the East Wind blowing by the bare branches of the cherry-trees within the Lane. The timber themselves, turning and bending within the half gentle, seemed as if that they had gone mad and have been dancing their roots out of the bottom.
“There he’s!” stated Michael, pointing immediately to a form that banged closely towards the gate. Jane peered by the gathering darkness.
“That is not Daddy,” she stated. “It is any person else.”
Then the form, tossed and bent underneath the wind, lifted the latch of the gate, and so they might see that it belonged to a lady, who was holding her hat on with one hand and carrying a bag within the different. As they watched, Jane and Michael noticed a curious factor occur. As quickly as the form was contained in the gate the wind appeared to catch her up into the air and fling her on the home. It was as if it had flung her first on the gate, waited for her to open it, after which had lifted and thrown her, bag and all, on the entrance door. The watching youngsters heard a terrific bang, and as she landed the entire home shook.
“How humorous! I’ve by no means seen that occur earlier than,” stated Michael.
“Let’s go and see who it’s!” stated Jane, and taking Michael’s arm she drew him away from the window, by the Nursery and out on to the touchdown. From there they all the time had a superb view of something that occurred within the entrance corridor.
Presently they noticed their Mom popping out of the drawing-room with a customer following her. Jane and Michael might see that the newcomer had shiny black hair—”Moderately like a picket Dutch doll,” whispered Jane. And that she was skinny, with giant ft and fingers, and small, relatively peering blue eyes.
Holding her hat on with one hand and carrying
a bag within the different
“You may discover that they’re very good youngsters,” Mrs. Banks was saying.
Michael’s elbow gave a pointy dig at Jane’s ribs.
“And that they provide no hassle in any respect,” continued Mrs. Banks uncertainly, as if she herself did not actually imagine what she was saying. They heard the customer sniff as if she did not both.
“Now, about references——” Mrs. Banks went on.
“Oh, I make it a rule by no means to provide references,” stated the opposite firmly. Mrs. Banks stared.
“However I assumed it was traditional,” she stated. “I imply—I understood folks all the time did.”
“A really old style thought, to my thoughts,” Jane and Michael heard the strict voice say. “Very old style. Fairly outdated, as you may say.”
Now, if there was one factor Mrs. Banks didn’t like, it was to be thought old style. She simply could not bear it. So she stated shortly:
“Very effectively, then. We can’t trouble about them. I solely requested, in fact, in case you—er—required it. The nursery is upstairs——” And he or she led the best way in the direction of the staircase, speaking on a regular basis, with out stopping as soon as. And since she was doing that Mrs. Banks didn’t discover what was taking place behind her, however Jane and Michael, watching from the highest touchdown, had a wonderful view of the extraordinary factor the customer now did.
Definitely she adopted Mrs. Banks upstairs, however not within the traditional manner. Along with her giant bag in her fingers she slid gracefully up the banisters, and arrived on the touchdown concurrently Mrs. Banks. Such a factor, Jane and Michael knew, had by no means been carried out earlier than. Down, in fact, for that they had typically carried out it themselves. However up—by no means! They gazed curiously on the unusual new customer.
“Nicely, that is all settled, then.” A sigh of reduction got here from the kids’s Mom.
“Fairly. So long as I am glad,” stated the opposite, wiping her nostril with a big purple and white bandanna handkerchief.
“Why, youngsters,” stated Mrs. Banks, noticing them immediately, “what are you doing there? That is your new nurse, Mary Poppins. Jane, Michael, say how do you do! And these”—she waved her hand on the infants of their cots—”are the Twins.”
Mary Poppins regarded them steadily, trying from one to the opposite as if she have been making up her thoughts whether or not she favored them or not.
“Will we do?” stated Michael.
“Michael, do not be naughty,” stated his Mom.
Mary Poppins continued to treat the 4 youngsters searchingly. Then, with a protracted, loud sniff that appeared to point that she had made up her thoughts, she stated:
“I am going to take the place.”
“For all of the world,” as Mrs. Banks stated to her husband later, “as if she have been doing us a sign honour.”
“Maybe she is,” stated Mr. Banks, placing his nostril not far away of the newspaper for a second after which withdrawing it in a short time.
When their Mom had gone, Jane and Michael edged in the direction of Mary Poppins, who stood, nonetheless ELS a submit, along with her fingers folded in entrance of her.
“How did you come?” Jane requested. “It seemed simply as if the wind blew you right here.”
“It did,” stated Mary Poppins briefly. And he or she proceeded to unwind her muffler from her neck and to take off her hat, which she held on one of many bedposts.
Because it didn’t appear as if Mary Poppins have been going to say any extra—although she sniffed an ideal deal—Jane, too, remained silent. However when she bent right down to undo her bag, Michael couldn’t restrain himself.
“What a humorous bag!” he stated, pinching it together with his fingers.
“Carpet,” stated Mary Poppins, placing her key within the lock.
“To hold carpets in, you imply?”
“No. Product of.”
“Oh,” stated Michael. “I see.” However he did not—fairly.
By this time the bag was open, and Jane and Michael have been greater than stunned to search out it was utterly empty.
“Why,” stated Jane, “there’s nothing in it!”
“What do you imply—nothing?” demanded Mary Poppins, drawing herself up and looking out as if she had been insulted. “Nothing in it, did you say?”
And with that she took out from the empty bag a starched white apron and tied it around her waist. Subsequent she unpacked a big cake of Daylight Cleaning soap, a toothbrush, a packet of hairpins, a bottle of scent, a small folding armchair and a field of throat lozenges.
Jane and Michael stared.
“However I noticed,” whispered Michael. “It was empty.”
“Hush!” stated Jane, as Mary Poppins took out a big bottle labelled “One Tea-Spoon to be Taken at Mattress-Time.”
A spoon was connected to the neck of the bottle, and into this Mary Poppins poured a darkish crimson fluid.
“Is that your drugs?” enquired Michael, trying very .
“No, yours,” stated Mary Poppins, holding out the spoon to him. Michael stared. He wrinkled up his nostril. He started to protest.
“I do not need it. I do not want it. I will not!”
However Mary Poppins’s eyes have been fastened upon him, and Michael immediately found that you would not have a look at Mary Popping and disobey her. There was one thing unusual and extraordinary about her—one thing that was horrifying and on the similar time most enjoyable. The spoon got here nearer. He held his breath, shut his eyes and gulped. A scrumptious style ran spherical his mouth. He turned his tongue in it. He swallowed, and a contented smile ran spherical his face.
“Strawberry ice,” he stated ecstatically. “Extra, extra, extra!”
However Mary Poppins, her face as stern as earlier than, was pouring out a dose for Jane. It bumped into the spoon, silvery, greeny, yellowy. Jane tasted it.
“Lime-juice cordial,” she stated, sliding h
er tongue deliciously over her lips. However when she noticed Mary Poppins shifting in the direction of the Twins with the bottle Jane rushed at her.
“Oh, no—please. They’re too younger. It would not be good for them. Please!”
Mary Poppins, nonetheless, took no discover, however with a warning, horrible look at Jane, tipped the spoon in the direction of John’s mouth. He lapped at it eagerly, and by the few drops that have been spilt on his bib, Jane and Michael might inform that the substance within the spoon this time was milk. Then Barbara had her share, and she or he gurgled and licked the spoon twice.
Mary Poppins then poured out one other dose and solemnly took it herself.
“Rum punch,” she stated, smacking her lips and corking the bottle.
Jane’s eyes and Michael’s popped with astonishment, however they weren’t given a lot time to surprise, for Mary Poppins, having put the miraculous bottle on the mantelpiece, turned to them.
“Now,” she stated, “spit-spot into mattress.” And he or she started to undress them. They observed that whereas buttons and hooks had wanted all types of coaxing from Katie Nanna, for Mary Poppins they flew aside virtually at a glance. In lower than a minute they discovered themselves in mattress and watching, by the dim gentle from the night-light, the remainder of Mary Poppins’s unpacking being carried out.
From the carpet bag she took out seven flannel nightgowns, 4 cotton ones, a pair of shoes, a set of dominoes, two bathing-caps and a postcard album. Final of all got here a folding camp-bedstead with blankets and eiderdown full, and this she set down between John’s cot and Barbara’s.
Jane and Michael sat hugging themselves and watching. It was all so stunning that they might discover nothing to say. However they knew, each of them, that one thing unusual and fantastic had occurred at Quantity Seventeen, Cherry-Tree Lane.
Mary Poppins, slipping one of many flannel nightgowns over her head, started to undress beneath it as if it have been a tent. Michael, charmed by this unusual new arrival, unable to maintain silent any longer, known as to her.
“Mary Poppins,” he cried, “you will by no means go away us, will you?”
There was no reply from underneath the nightgown. Michael couldn’t bear it.