They left the wagon on the shore (or edge) of the lake. Her father moved the horses to each side of the wagon box. Then he took Laura and Mary by the hand. Their mother came beside them carrying Baby Carrie. They walked through the deep sand to the store. The warm sand came in over the tops of Laura's shoes.
There was a wide porch (outdoor room) in front of the store and at one end of the porch, steps went up to it out of the sand. Laura's heart was beating so fast that she could hardly climb the steps. She was trembling all over.
This was the store to which her father came to trade his furs. When they went in, the storekeeper knew him. (A storekeeper is a business person who manages a store). The storekeeper came out from behind the counter and spoke to their father and mother. Then Laura and Mary had to be polite and show their manners.
Mary said, "How do you do?" but Laura could not say anything she was too amazed.
The storekeeper said to her father and mother, "That's a pretty little girl you've got there," and he admired Mary's golden curls. But he did not say anything about Laura, or about her curls. They were ugly and brown; Laura did not think that it was fair that people thought golden hair was prettier.
The store was full of things to look at. All along one side of it were shelves full of coloured printed cloth and calicos (patterned cloth). There were beautiful pinks and blues and reds and browns and purples. On the floor along the sides of the plank (wooden board) counters there were kegs full of nails, kegs full of round, grey bullets for guns and there were big wooden pails (buckets) full of candy. There were sacks (big strong bags) of salt and sacks of store sugar.
In the middle of the store was a plough made of shiny wood, with a glittering bright ploughshare. (A plough is used by a farmer to cut and turn over the ground before planting seeds; the ploughshare is the blade of the plough.) There were steel axe heads, hammer heads, saws and all kinds of knives. There were hunting knives, skinning knives (for taking the skin off animals), butcher knives (big knives for cutting up animals) and pocket-knives. There were big boots and little boots, big shoes and little shoes.
Laura could have looked for weeks and not seen all the things that were in that store. She had not known there were so many things in the world.