“I’ll put you back into bed;
because if you do not listen
then in your night-gown you should stay,
Nor come downstairs at all to-day.”
And beg mamma to relent
It wasn’t that big a thing, she said
And after today, she would gladly bathe again
And turned and left her there;
Sometimes she heard Jennie’s step upon the stair;
But Mother ignored her
And Jennie stayed all day long,
Alone, by herself, for doing wrong.
And wished to join her in the fun;
Then she watched her brother Jed made a snow-man high;
But upon her bed she still had to lie.
Then ever she did before
Like the merry sleigh-bells ring,
And friends come and go, a-clattering;
But Jennie could not go to ride or wish them well
But remained in night-clothes
in what now seemed like her cell
And then put on her dress;
And told her mother gaily
Obviously Hatty knows the importance of controlling your children and not letting them rule the house. Previously on the blog, this came up when a Judge in the UK told some wayward parents the same thing. See here.