The children nodded uneasily. All this talk of danger and emergencies, without explanation, was beginning to wear on them.
"I'm sorry to put you ill at ease," Mr. Benedict said. "And I haven't much to say to comfort you. I can finally offer some answers to your questions, however. Who wishes to begin? Yes, Constance?"
To the great exasperation of the others, Constance demanded to know why they couldn't have candy for breakfast.
Mr. Benedict smiled. "A fine question. The short answer is that there is no candy presently in the house. Beyond that, the explanation involves a consideration of candy's excellent flavor but low nutritional value--that is to say, why it makes a wonderful treat but a poor meal--though I suspect you aren't interested in explanations but simply wished to express your frustration. Is that correct?"
"Maybe," Constance said with a shrug. But she seemed satisfied.
"Other questions?" said Mr. Benedict.
- Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society
Speaking of orphans (or virtual orphans) who end up going on dramatic adventures... They get to practice Morse code, too! And through the tests they pass to join the "Society" -- and through working together -- they come to appreciate the many different ways there are to be "gifted".
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