1[One afternoon,] Mrs Mason gave the children leave to amuse themselves; but a kind of listlessness hung over them, 2[and at a loss what to do,] they seemed fatigued with doing 3[nothing. They] eat cakes though they had just dined, and did many foolish things 4[merely because they were idle]. Their friend 5[seeing] that they were irresolute, / and could not fix on any employment, 6[requested Caroline to assist her to make some clothes, that a poor woman was in want of], and while we are at work, she added, Mary will read us an entertaining tale, which I will point out.