The Secret Garden, complete online version

First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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4o            THE SECRET GARDEN
"Why!" echoed Martha. "Because they scarce ever had their stomachs full in their lives. They're as hungry as young hawks an' foxes."
" I don't know what it is to be hungry," said Mary, with the indifference of ignorance.
Martha looked indignant.
" Well, it would do thee good to try it. I can see that plain enough," she said outspokenly. " I've no patience with folk as sits an' just stares at good bread an' meat. My word! don't I wish Dickon and Phil an' Jane an' th' rest of 'em had what's here under their pinafores."
"Why don't you take it to them? " suggested Mary.
" It's not mine," answered Martha stoutly. " An' this isn't my day out. I get my day out once a month same as th' rest. Then I go home an' clean up for mother an' give her a day's rest."
Mary drank some tea and ate a little toast and some marmalade.
" You wrap up warm an' run out an' play you," said Martha. u It'll do you good and give you some stomach for your meat."
Mary went to the window. There were gar­dens and paths and big trees, but everything looked dull and wintry.
"Out? Why should I go out on a day like this?"