Diamond and Ruby 327
But what do you think he heard?
He heard the two horses talking to each other—in a strange language, which yet, somehow or other, he could understand, and turn over in his mind in English. The first words he heard were from Diamond, who apparently had been already quarrelling with Ruby.
" Look how fat you are, Ruby!" said old Diamond. "You are so plump and your skin shines so, you ought to be a-shamed of yourself."
" There's no harm in being fat," said Ruby in a deprecating tone. " No, nor in being sleek. I may as well shine as not."
"No harm?" retorted Diamond. "Is it no harm to go eating up all poor master's oats, and taking up so much of his time grooming you, when you only work six hours—no, not six hours a day, and, as I hear, get along no faster than a big dray-horse with two tons behind him?—So they tell me."