26 THE SECRET GARDEN
sweets and odd things set out for sale. Then ihey were on the highroad and she saw hedges and trees. After that there seemed nothing different for a long time — or at least it seemed a long time to her.
At last the horses began to go more slowly, as if they were climbing up-hill, and presently there seemed to be no more hedges and no more trees. She could see nothing, in fact, but a dense darkness on either side. She leaned forward and pressed her face against the window just as the carriage gave a big jolt.
"Eh! We're on the moor now sure enough,'' said Mrs. Medlock.
The carriage lamps shed a yellow light on a rough-looking road which seemed to be cut through bushes and low growing things which ended in the great expanse of dark apparently spread out before and around them. A wind was rising and making a singular, wild, low, rushing sound.
" It's — it's not the sea, is it? " said Mary, looking round at her companion.
" No, not it," answered Mrs. Medlock. " Nor it isn't fields nor mountains, it's just miles and miles and miles of wild land that nothing grows on but heather and gorse and broom, and nothing lives on but wild ponies and sheep."
" I feel as if it might be the sea, if there were