296 At the Back of the North Wind
three months, I believe — and I am going to let my house to a gentleman who does not want the use of my brougham. My horse is nearly as old, I fancy, as your Diamond, but I don't want to part with him, and I don't want him to be idle; for nobody, as you say, ought to be idle; but neither do I want him to be worked very hard. Now, it has come into my head that perhaps your father would take charge of him, and work him under certain conditions."
"My father will do what's right," said Diamond. " I'm sure of that."
" Well, so I think. Will you ask him when he comes home to call and have a little chat with me—to-day, some time?"
" He must have his dinner first," said Diamond. "No, he's got his dinner with him to-day. It must be after he's had his tea."
"Of course, of course. Any time will do. I shall be at home all day."
"Very well, sir. I will tell him. You may be sure he will come. My father thinks you a very kind gentleman, and I know he is right, for I know your very own self, sir."
Mr. Raymond smiled, and as they had now reached his door, they parted, and Diamond went home. As soon as his father entered the house, Diamond gave him Mr. Raymond's message, and recounted the conversation that had preceded it. His father said little, but took thought-sauce to his bread and butter, and as soon as he had finished his meal, rose, saying:
" I will go to your friend directly, Diamond. It