io6 THE SECRET GARDEN
Mary. " Mrs. Morrison gave me five shillings and Mrs. Medlock gave me some money from Mr. Craven."
" Did he remember thee that much? " exclaimed Martha.
"Mrs. Medlock said I was to have a shilling a week to spend. She gives me one every Saturday. I didn't know what to spend it on."
"My word! that's riches," said Martha. " Tha' can buy anything in th' world tha' wants. Th' rent of our cottage is only one an' threepence an' it's like pullin' eye-teeth to get it. Now I've just thought of somethin'," putting her hands on her hips.
" What? " said Mary eagerly.
" In the shop at Thwaite they sell packages o' flower-seeds for a penny each, and our Dickon he knows which is th' prettiest ones an' how to make 'em grow. He walks over to Thwaite many a day just for th' fun of it. Does tha' know how to print letters?" suddenly.
" I know how to write," Mary answered.
•Martha shook her head.
" Our Dickon can only read printin'. If tha' could print we could write a letter to him an' ask him to go an' buy th' garden tools an' th' seeds at th' same time."
"Oh! you're a good girl!" Mary cried.