The rest of the day passed without incident. Penny carefully put the work-box, the toys and the dolls back in the little trunk and went on with her ticket writing. The floor was scrubbed, the doors were painted deep turquoise blue. Piet and John wrote out huge notices - WET PAINT - and displayed them prominently. The cabinets and dresser and tables were moved back into the room, and only Penny got some paint on her skirt, which annoyed the boys but didn't really show - not on the door anyway. Mrs. Mallory arrived with the window boxes, which old Potts had filled with geraniums. She was thrilled about the sampler and promised to look up the family records about 1823 to see if anything more could be discovered about Laura and her box of dolls.
From THREEPENNY BIT, Chapter 8, The Sampler.