One night, a burglar broke into a house while the parents were away at the opera and the maid was out with a policeman. The burglar began to work on the lock of the silver closet when suddenly, the room was filled with light. A young boy named Tommy, dressed in pink pajamas, appeared and asked if the man was a burglar.
Am I a burglar? Wot do you suppose I have a three-days’ growth of bristly beard on my face for, and a cap with flaps?
However, Tommy was not afraid and engaged the burglar in conversation. He brought the burglar some food and asked him about his life. The burglar revealed that he had a wife and a young child named Bessie, and that he had turned to crime after losing his job.
It’s the same old story. Your innocence and childish insouciance is going to lead me back into an honest life.
Before leaving, Tommy insisted that the burglar take some food and wine for his family.
As they made their way to the front door, the burglar worried about being caught by the policeman outside. Tommy suggested they use the back door instead, and the burglar left the house without being caught.