The Toothache by Unknown
One day little Emily's Grandma said to her,
"My dear child, you must go with me to-day
to the dentist's, and have some of those teeth
pulled out. They are growing so fast and so
crooked, that you have not room enough in your
mouth for them all."
"Dear Grandma," said the little girl, "will
it hurt me very much?"
"Yes, my dear," replied her Grandma; "it
will hurt you a great deal, but you must try to
bear the pain; it will not be long."
Poor little Emily sighed, and the tears stood
in her eyes. She knew that her Grandmother
always told her the exact truth. She knew that
she would suffer a great deal of pain, because her
Grandma had told her so.
It is always the best way to tell a little boy
or girl the exact truth. If Emily's Grandma
had said that it would not hurt her to have her
teeth pulled out, it would have been very wrong,
and Emily would not have believed her another
time, when she was to have anything done to
This little girl had no Mother. Her Mother
was dead, and her Grandma took care of her,
and was very kind to her, and Emily loved her
dearly, and so she made up her mind to go and
have her teeth out, without any trouble, because
her Grandma was in bad health; and she knew
that if she cried and made a great fuss about it,
it would trouble her, and perhaps make her ill.
Now was not this thoughtful and good in a
little girl only seven years old? I hope all the
little boys and girls that read this will try to be
After dinner, Emily and her Grandma put on
their bonnets, and went to the dentist's house.
The little girl trembled when the door was
opened, but she walked in without saying a
They went into the parlour, for there were
some persons up stairs in the dentist's room, and
they had to wait.
"Grandma," said Emily, "may I look at
the books on the table? It will keep me from
thinking about my teeth."
Her Grandma said she might, and the little
girl was soon quite interested in looking at the
pictures in the books, and showing them to her
In a little while the servant came to tell her
she could go up stairs. Her heart beat fast, but
she went up to her Grandmother, and said,
"Dear Grandma, you are not well; you look
quite pale to-day. Do not go with me; I will
go alone, and I promise you I will be a brave
She kissed her Grandma, and ran out of the
When she entered the room up stairs, she
saw two ladies there. She stopped; but the
dentist said, "Come in, my little girl, do not be
afraid, I will be as gentle as I can."
The ladies saw that she was alone, so one of
them went up to her and took her hand. She
was an old lady, and wore spectacles, and she
looked very kind and good. So the dear little
girl let the dentist lift her into the great chair,
and take off her hat, and the old lady kept hold
of her hand, and said, "It will be over in a
minute, my dear child," and then she pressed
her little hand so kindly, that Emily felt quite
The other lady was a young lady, and she
too felt sorry that Emily was to suffer. She
wanted to smooth her hair, and give her a kiss;
but she thought that the little girl might be
afraid of so many strangers, so she sat down very
When the dentist had looked into Emily's
mouth, he saw that four teeth must come out.
So he got the instrument, and held her head
tight with his arm.
Emily turned pale, but she kept quite still,
and did not cry or scream; and the dentist
pulled out the four teeth, one after the other,
without a sound from her lips.
When they were all out, some large tears
came from her eyes and rolled down her cheeks;
but she only said, "Thank you," to the lady that
held her hand; and, putting her handkerchief
to her mouth, she ran down stairs.
"My darling child," said her Grandma,
"how well you have behaved; I did not hear
the least noise."
"No, Grandma," replied Emily, "I tried
very hard not to scream; I was determined to
be quite still; and a good old lady like you,
Grandma, held my hand, which was a great comfort.
But oh! Grandma, it did hurt me most
"My dear child, I know it did," said her
Grandma; "you are the best little girl in the
world, and a happiness and a treasure to me."
After Emily had gone, the ladies who had
witnessed her good conduct, and admired her
courage, asked her name and where she lived;
and one of them, the young lady, sent her a
pretty little gold ring with a blue stone in it,
and a little note containing these words:—
"For the dear little girl who had the courage
to bear a great pain nobly."
Emily was very much pleased with this little
present; it was so unexpected. She could not
find out who had sent it to her.
I hope all the little boys and girls will read
this story with attention, and when they go to
the dentist's they will think of Emily, and try
to imitate her good conduct.