It was getting pretty close to Easter Sunday and Pandora was desperate for a new chapeau. Harriett’s Millinery Shoppe on Harrison Street had a large display of new hats and Pandora must have stood looking in the window for a half an hour before entering the store.
When she opened the door a little bell rang and Pierson Crumly, Harriet’s awkward young nephew, was on a tall ladder busy dusting the shelves and he stopped, overcome by Pandora’s beauty.
“Morning, Miss,” he said shyly.
“I’m wondering if you might let me try on the pink and white stripped hat in the window,” she said.
“Certainly, Miss, I’ll get it for you,” and he jumped off the ladder to rush to the window to retrieve the hat.
Pandora puts on the hat and admires her reflection in the mirror on the counter. She arranged different hat angles and particularly likes it tipped forward on the left side. She takes a side gander and seems pleased with the effect.
“Could you please tell me the price?’ she says.
“Yes, Miss.” He reached inside the headband and finds the price tag. “It’s $13.50,” he says.
She looks disappointed and trying to gage the reason says” It is very becoming on you and will certainly be a prize hat a the Easter Parade.”
“I like it very much but only have $12.00 in my purse.
He tries desperately to appease her. ‘Oh, silly me, we have a sale on today and it is only twelve dollars.”
Pandora breaks into a big grin and searches through her purse for the correct amount.
“Thank you, sir, for telling me. I was afraid that I couldn’t afford it.”
Pierson places her hat in a big box, puts it in a shopping bag and hands it to Pandora. She turns quickly and leaves the shop.
Pierson places the $12 on the counter, reaches into his pocket and adds one dollar and 50 cents to the pile of coins, picks them all up and opens the cash register and puts the money inside and closes it. The register says: “$13.50.”