Tommy's hens were at the bottom of the trouble, for if they had not persisted in laying so many eggs, he could not have sold them and made such sums. Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes. Tommy certainly could not, for he spent his income so recklessly, that Mr. Bhaer was obliged to insist on a savings-bank, and presented him with a private one an imposing tin edifice, with the name over the door, and a tall chimney, down which the pennies were to go, there to rattle temptingly till leave was given to open a sort of trap-door in the floor.
- Little Men, Chapter 14
This episode of Little Women II is the beginning of a three episode arc that corresponds with chapter 14 of the novel, namely the mystery of who stole Tommy Bangs' money. For those of you who have read the novel, you already know who took the money, and the anime adaptation does a really good job of portraying him during this incident.