Dear Mrs Hangtree, I have taken into consideration the urgency of your request and will despatch a man to pick up your charge, Augustus, by the end of the week, whereby he will be transported immediately to a more suitable mission. I have full confidence that the manager there will be able drive out the boys wandering habits and turn him into a god-fearing, hard working young man
Poppy and her brother Gus live at Bird Creek Mission near Euchua. Poppy doesn't like the Mission due to the director, Mother Hangtree who bosses them around and keeps them to a tight schedule.
I dont feel like singing
Im so sorry, i'm afraid the child is not feeling well, just a slight cold, that is all. Please excuse us while i take her into another room to lie down.. I will be back shortly
Poppy was cleaning Mother Hangtree's office mainly because of The Book of Knowledge. She was snooping in one of Mother Hangtree's letter boxes only to find a letter containing her brother's name and a mission so far away!
Gus gets himself sent to the cellar on purpose so he can escape using a trapdoor he found. His plan is to escape, mine for gold and come back to get Poppy. Speaking of Poppy she has just found out from Mother Hangtree that she is being sent to a foster family! What about Poppy and Gus's plan?
Its time for the concert that the Mission has been rehearsing for for weeks! Poppy is the lead so she starts the performance. Mother Hangtree requests Poppy start, but she pretends she's sick so she can be sent to the cellar.
Poppy gets locked in the cellar. She waits for Mother Hangtree to be far away from the darkling cellar so she can make her escape. She escapes and changes her identity for her journey. She now goes as 'Kal'.
A sleeping coachman comes by with his carriage. While he is sleeping, Poppy is able to slip into the carriage get to where she wants to go. "Oi! What the divil are ye doing there?" The coachman awoke and caught Poppy! But he was kind enough to let her go with no repayments.