Elsie, Eddie's friend from the building, has sneaked into his room looking for refuge. She asks Eddie not to tell anyone she's there, and to be helpful to his friend, he tries to keep everyone out of his room to protect Elsie's sanctuary. Eddie figures that Elsie needs help, so with some hints, Eddie infers to Tom that Elsie is hiding in his room. After Tom talks to her, she tells him the reason for her running away: she found out that she's adopted, and her parents do not yet know that she knows. She found out by prying open her father's "secret box" where he keeps all his important papers. Elsie puts it into Eddie's head that perhaps he too is adopted and that Tom is hiding such information in his own secret box. Tom indeed does have a secret locked box in his desk. Elsie preys on Eddie's fears and convinces him to break into the box. Mrs. Livingston catches Eddie and Elsie in the act. Eddie and Tom ultimately have a discussion about what is hiding in his secret box. To be open to ... Written by
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Anyway, I told you I wasn't adopted.
I don't care. Your parents were stuck with you.