32. EBENEZER SPRAGUE
November 19, 1975
Walnut Grove now has a bank, built by Hansen and Charles. The new banker, Mr. Ebenezer Sprague, is a cold and unfriendly man who believes everyone has a hidden agenda. He refuses a loan to Charles and refuses to make a donation intended to buy new books for the school. Laura unknowingly befriends Mr. Sprague while fishing but when he finds out her name, he believes Charles has sent her to persuade him to give her father the loan. But Laura was simply looking for a friend. Charles pays Sprague a visit and tells him he feels sorry for him because he has no friends and cannot give or take anything but money. Later on, a big box of new books arrive at the school from an unknown donor. But Laura knows it came from Mr. Sprague, who loosens up a little and becomes more likable.