Poison in the Packet by Hesba Stretton. A short story in the book—Mrs. Burton's Best Bedroom and other stories.

The Beamond household received a package wrapped in brown paper and labeled “Poison.” After the package was opened they thought it was a joke because it contained nice clothes for the children. When troubles came they had to reconsider what it meant. The moral in this story is the vanity of nice clothing and the trouble it causes. Important scripture is Matthew 5:3—“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”—Curiosmith (2015).


  • Chapter 1—The First Parcel and What was in It.
  • Chapter 2—The Second Parcel the Cure for Poison.


  • Henry Beamond—the father, a carpenter.
  • Rachel Beamond—the wife.
  • Robert Beamond—the son.
  • Sarah Beamond—the daughter.

Important Scriptures:

  • Proverbs 29:23—A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.
  • James 4:10—Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
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