'Eloise'

Story Time

May 23, 1999|By Kay Thompson

Editor's note: Eloise is a little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. She is not yet pretty, but she is a already a Person -- and a very precocious one at that.

I am Eloise

I am six

I am a city child

I live at The Plaza

There is a lobby which is enormously large

with marble pillars and ladies in it and a revolving

door with PP on it

I spend an awful lot of time in the lobby

For instance every day I have to go to the

Desk Clerk and see what's happening there

Then I stop by the Mail Desk to see if they have any stamps

Then I go to the House Phones

and make several calls to see

if anybody's in

The Bell Captain knows who I am

If there is a lot of luggage trying to get in the elevator

and these people are all in a crowd and smoking and from

out of town or something, I edge into the middle of it and

lose my skate key

I am a nuisance in the lobby

Mr. Salomone said so

He is the Manager

I always say "Good Morning, Mr. Salomone"

and he always says "Good morning, Eloise"

My mother knows The Owner

I live on the top floor

Of course I am apt to be on any floor at any time

And if I want to go anywhere I simply take the elevator

For instance if I happen to be on the second floor I just

press that button until it comes up and as soon as that

door is open I get in and say "5th floor please" and

when those doors clank shut we ride up and I get out on

the 5th floor and as soon as that elevator is out of

sight I skibble up those stairs to the 8th floor and then

I press that button and when that same elevator comes up and

as soon as that door is open I get in and say "15th floor

please" and then when those doors clank shut we ride up

and I get out on the 15th floor and as soon as that elevator

is out of sight I skibble down to the 12th floor and press

that button and when that same elevator comes up and those

doors open I say "The Lobby please" and then those doors

clank shut and we ride down without saying absolutely one word

and then I get into the next elevator and go all the way up.

Then I get off at the top floor

And look in the mirror at me

ELOISE

I live down at the end of the hall

Sometimes I take two sticks and skidder them along the walls

And when I run down the hall I slomp my feet against the

woodwork which is very good for scuffing and noise

Sometimes I slomp my skates if I want to make a really loud

and terrible racket

We have a buzzer on our front door

I always lean on it

That's how Nanny knows it's me

ELOISE

Nanny is my nurse

She wears tissue paper in her dress

and you can hear it

She is English and has 8 hairpins

made out of bones

She says that's all she needs in

this life for Lord's sake

Nanny says she would rawther I didn't

talk talk talk all the time

She always says everything 3 times

like Eloise you cawn't cawn't cawn't

Sometimes I hit her on the ankle with a tassel

She is my mostly companion

I am all over the hotel

Half the time I am lost

But mostly I am on the first floor because

that's where Catering is

So I have to go down there every day for at least

three hours and sometimes I have to go at night

Oh my Lord do they ever have a lot of things going on

down there

Excerpted from the book ELOISE, text by Kay Thompson, with drawings by Hilary Knight. Copyright c 1955, by Kay Thompson; copyright renewed 1983 by Kay Thompson. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Children's Publishing Division. All rights reserved.

Pub Date: 05/23/99

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