|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
He never tired of playing with the child, and for several days afterwards he used to worry his mother with entreaties to buy a baby of their own.
Easton earned a few shillings occasionally; now and then he got a job to clean windows, and once or twice he did a few days' or hours' work with some other painter who had been fortunate enough to get a little job `on his own' - such as a ceiling to wash and whiten, or a room or two to paint; but such jobs were few.
Sometimes, when they were very hard up, they sold something; the Bible that used to lie on the little table in the bay window was one of the first things to be parted with. Ruth erased the inscription from the fly-leaf and then they sold the book at a second-hand shop for two shillings. As time went on, they sold nearly everything that was saleable, except of course, the things that were obtained on the hire system.
Slyme could see that they were