THE KEY OF THE GARDEN 77
" Could I ever get there? " asked Mary wistfully, looking through her window at the far-off blue. It was so new and big and wonderful and such a heavenly color.
" I don't know," answered Martha. " Tha's never used tha' legs since tha' was born, it seems to me. Tha' couldn't walk five mile. It's five mile to our cottage."
" I should like to see your cottage."
Martha stared at her a moment curiously before she took up her polishing brush and began to rub the grate again. She was thinking that the small plain face did not look quite as sour at this moment as it had done the first morning she saw it. It looked just a trifle like little Susan Ann's when she wanted something very much.
" I'll ask my mother about it," she said. " She's one o' them that nearly always sees a way to do things. It's my day out to-day an' I'm go-in' home. Eh! I am glad. Mrs. Medlock thinks a lot o' mother. Perhaps she could talk to her."
" I like your mother," said Mary.
" I should think tha' did," agreed Martha, polishing away.
" I've never seen her," said Mary.
" No, tha' hasn't," replied Martha.
She sat up on her heels again and rubbed the