And so begins a beautiful friendship of borrowing—every day the boy brings beautiful furniture from the doll's house to decorate the borrowers' home.
Homily could not be happier—that is, unless there were one of those snooty Overmantels to invite over to be jealous of all her great swag.
Arrietty has been having a blast, too. The boy teaches her about the outside world, and she finally has a friend to talk to.
Even Great-Aunt Sophy seems a little cheerier, because Pod comes to visit her much more often. Pod uses her bedroom as a kind of escape from all the hard work he's doing for their newly renovated crib.
Everything is just ducky until the mean and nasty Mrs. Driver, the cook, realizes that things are going missing.
Mrs. Driver feels like someone is trying to pull the wool over her eyes—and she doesn't like it.
After she's had a sip too many of Sophy's Madeira, she seems convinced that her mistress is taking things away just to irk Mrs. Driver. Yeah, that's definitely what's happening.
The mean old cook resolves to catch the thief in the act.