I bet you’re all wondering who the heck Mr Ravensworth is, and why you should care. Well, being a book for children, the book is – as previously mentioned in part one – full of moral lessons. And, until today, I expect you had no idea what they were. Well, after reading this, you should be able to identify at least one of them. If you do, pop it in the comments section so we can all see what a clever little sausage you are.
And so it happened one day that Oscar was on his way home from wondering in the hills, when he was bitten by a snake. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, it was the poisonous one that had escaped from the circus. As the snake slithered away at full speed, Oscar began to feel very sleepy. As everyone knows, a bite from a poisonous snake can make you quite poorly indeed!
But that is not what happened. Oscar awoke on soft grass, with a blanket under his head and the sinking sun above. Around his ankle was a bandage, and on the bandage was a label, and on the label, printed very clearly, was one word: Ravensworth.
The very next day, Oscar began visiting Ravensworth House. At first, Mr Ravensworth would only talk to him through the door – without even opening it – but eventually Oscar was able to persuade him to come outside.
“The people at my school who are lonely are usually sad, and the people who are sad are usually lonely,” Oscar explained, “but when they have friends, they’re much happier.” And, although it would have been impolite to say it, Oscar thought that Mr Ravensworth must be the loneliest one of all. Finally, after much encouragement, the man from the big house agreed to come into town and see about making some friends.
However, everything went wrong.