SUMMARY: Milly-Molly-Mandy, little-friend-Susan and Billy Blunt work as florists, brass polishers and general errand runners to fund a party for her family.
The Postman, Mr Jakes, makes one of his rare appearances. More significantly, Mr Rudge the Blacksmith (later to be a significant character) makes his debut. It is interesting to note that while the invitation list for the party steadily grows, no-one ever thinks to invite Billy Blunt's family. Also note the disparaging comments about jelly from a packet; fresh is definitely best!