“I expect Mummy and Mrs. Bird gave you ten pence because they don’t want Daddy to do any more decorating,” she explained. “He always starts things and never finishes them. And I expect Daddy gave you one because he didn’t want to finish it, anyway. Now they’re getting a proper decorator in, so everyone’s happy!”
Paddington sipped his cocoa thoughtfully. “Perhaps if I did another room I’d get another thirty pence,” he said.
“Oh, no you don’t,” said Judy sternly. “You’ve done quite enough for one day. If I were you I shouldn’t mention the word decorating for a long time to come.”
“Perhaps you’re right,” said Paddington sleepily as he stretched out his paws. “But I was at a loose end.”