The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum:|
richly broidered. The soldiers were sent to protect her from harm
while she journeyed.
Claus was surprised, but he continued to whittle and to sing until the
cavalcade drew up before him. Then the little girl leaned over the
neck of her palfrey and said:
"Please, Mr. Claus, I want a toy!"
Her voice was so pleading that Claus jumped up at once and stood
beside her. But he was puzzled how to answer her request.
"You are a rich lord's daughter," said he, "and have all that
"Except toys," added Bessie. "There are no toys in all the world
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus