The Red Apples

One windy day in March, Kitty Miller was on her way to school when she glanced into a store window and saw a great pile of lovely red apples. "Oh", she exclaimed, "how lovely! If only Mamma could have one!" Kitty’s mother was extremely poor. She had been a dressmaker ever since Kitty’s father died, and had to work hard to earn a living for herself and Kitty. Unfortunately, she had recently become very sick and was obliged to lie in bed all day long. When Kitty was away at school, the house was incredibly lonesome. She missed her little angel—that is what she called Kitty. Kitty took great care of her mother. She cooked 

her food, mostly soup. They could not afford fresh fruit. Kitty would even sing to her mother at night. When Kitty reached the school that day, her thoughts were full of her sick mother and the lovely red apples. She was usually an excellent student, but that day she made so many blunders that the teacher looked at her in surprise. The little girl could only sit at her desk, with her book before her, and dream of those red apples. When school was dismissed, Kitty started slowly homeward. She had walked only a short distance when she saw a man in front of her drop his wallet. Running quickly forward, she picked it up. The wallet felt quite heavy in Kitty's little hand. "There must be a good deal of money in it," thought Kitty. "How I wish I could keep it, so that I would then be able to purchase a red apple for Mamma, and so many other things she needs." Kitty knew this would not be right, so she hurried after the man. Touching him on the arm, she said, "Please, Sir, you dropped your wallet back there." "Thank you, dear," said the man taking the wallet. Then, noticing how poorly she was dressed, he said, "Why did you not keep the wallet, my child?" "Because that would be stealing," replied Kitty. "But," she confessed honestly, "before I thought I must give it back to you, I did wish I could keep it, for then I could buy Mamma a red apple." The gentleman smiled kindly and said, "You are a good little girl to return my wallet. I would like to give you a little present and then you can buy a red apple." He handed her a dollar and then said goodbye. Kitty was so surprised that she started hastily for home, forgetting all about the red apples until she stood in front of the store. The store owner happened to look out and saw the same little girl who stood looking so longingly in at his window in the morning. He quickly picked out the biggest, roundest, reddest apple he could find. He took it out to Kitty and said, "Would you like this one, my dear?" She took the apple and gave him the dollar. “No charge,” he said, returning it. She thanked him—“for my mother,” and the good man thought of it for many a day. When Kitty reached home with her treasures, she found her mother fast asleep. She put the apple and dollar on a plate where her mother could see them when she awoke.

This story is about a girl that was very poor. One day when she was going to school, she saw red apples on the store window. She wanted to by that apples for her mother, but she couldn't. Her mother was very sick and during the lessons her thoughts were full of her sick mother and red apples. On the way home she saw a man that in front of her that drop his wallet. She quickly picked up the wallet and returned it. That man was in surprise. He asked why she didn't keep the wallet, and the girl answered that at first she wanted to keep the wallet, and by red apple for her mom, then she thought that would be stealing. The man saw that the girl was very poor and gave her a dollar. The girl was in surprise. She quickly run to the store. The store owner saw her and gave the biggest apple that he could find. The girl gave him her dollar, but he returned it. When she reached home her mother was fast asleep. She put the red apple and dollar on a plate where her mother could see them when she awoke.

New words



oblige-պարտավորված լինել

afford-միջոցներ ունենալ

blunder-կոպիտ սխալ


hastily-շտապ կերպով

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