The Haunted Dolls’ House by Bill Bowler

The Haunted Dolls' House by Bill Bowler

Mr. Dileth saw an amazing dollhouse in one store. He wanted to buy it. He knew a good antique thing and understood that this house could be very old. Having bargained with the seller, he agreed on less than seventy-five pounds but more than fifty pounds. After this, the seller was relieved to tell his wife that somebody had finally bought the house. And Mr. Dilett was already examining this purchase in his own bedroom. The dollhouse was clearly made in the eighteenth century. It was large, wide, with four rooms and furniture. There were stained-glass windows, dolls and a clock with a bell inside. Mr. Dileth realized that it could be sold ten times more expensive. A wonderful deal! Still it turned out to be not so simple.

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The Haunted Dolls’ House by Bill Bowler

‘Mr Chittenden, you must often get things like that in your shop,’ said Mr Dillet, pointing with his stick to the doll’s house in the window. Mr Dillet knew a lot about old things, and realized it was very special.

‘You can’t be serious,’ replied Mr Chittenden. ‘That should be in a museum.’

‘You don’t say!’ laughed Mr Dillet. ‘And how much is it?’

‘Seventy-five pounds, sir.’

‘That’s a price for an American buyer. Let’s say fifty.’

In the end they agreed on something in between, and half an hour later Mr Dillet took the thing away in his car.

Mr Chittenden stood at the shop door, smiling, with the money in his hand, and waved goodbye. Then he entered the back room where his wife was making tea.

‘It’s gone,’ he said. ‘Mr Dillet bought it.’

The Haunted Dolls' House by Bill Bowler

‘Good!’ said Mrs Chittenden. ‘He needs a bit of a shock.’

‘Well, I’m sure he’s going to get it, and we won’t have any more of it,’ said Mr Chittenden, as they sat down to tea.

When Mr Dillet arrived home, Collins, the butler, came out to help him. Together they carried the doll’s house up to Mr Dillet’s bedroom and put it on his desk. Then Mr Dillet opened the front of it, and put everything in its place.

It was a beautiful example of an 18th century doll’s house – six feet wide with a chapel on the left, and a stable on the right. The chapel had a bell and colored glass windows. When the front of the house was open, you saw four large rooms inside: bedroom, kitchen, drawing room, and dining room, each with all the right furniture in it. The stable contained horses, a coach, and stable boys, and on top was the stable clock, also with a bell.

The house stood on a platform which had steps going up to the front door, and a terrace on it. This platform also had a drawer in it, where you could keep different curtains and dolls’ clothes, so you could change things when you wanted…

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