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Carrie and Nick were evacuees. It was World War II, and when the bombs started falling on London the children had been sent to stay with Councillor Evans and his sister, Lou, in Wales. Aunty Lou was nice, if timid, but Councillor Evans was an ogre: he made the children use the dank earth closet at the bottom of the garden, and forbade them to tread on the carpet when they went up the stairs. Their real adventure began when they went along the railway line to Druid's Bottom, where they met Albert Sandwich and Hepzibah Green and Johnny Gotobed. There was the screaming skull, too, and funny old Mrs Gotobed, who never left her room and wore her ancient ball-gowns all the time. But everything came to an end one day, the day Carrie did a dreadful thing, the worst thing of her life.
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