Mrs Silver had a part-time job. she worked from noon until 5 o'clock every weekday afternoon in a shop that sold newspapers and sweets. That made things a lot easier for Mr hoppy. So on that first exciting afternoon, after he had made sure that Mrs silver had gone to work, Mr hoppy went out on to his balcony armed with his long metal pole. He called this his tortoise-catcher . He leaned over the balcony railings and lowered the pole down on to Mrs silver's balcony below. Alfie was basking in the pale sunlight over to one side. Hello Alfie Mr Hoppy said. You are about to go for a little ride. He wiggled the tortoise-catcher till it was right above Alfie. He pushed the hand lever so that the claws opened wide. Then he lowered the two claws neatly over Alfie's shells and pulled the lever. The claws closed tightly over the shell like two fingers of a hand. He hauled Alfie up on to his own balcony. It was easy.
I really liked Mrs Silver the best. She was my favourite character in the book. Great story!