THE STRANGE HOUSE 109
" Now to think," she broke out, " to think 0' me forgettin' that there; an' I thought I was goin' to tell you first thing this mornin'. I asked mother ■— and she said she'd ask Mrs. Medlock her own self."
" Do you mean —" Mary began.
" What I said Tuesday. Ask her if you might be driven over to our cottage some day and have a bit o' mother's hot oat cake, an' butter, an' a glass o' milk."
It seemed as if all the interesting things were happening in one day. To think of going over the moor in the daylight and when the sky was blue! To think of going into the cottage which held twelve children!
" Does she think Mrs. Medlock would let me go? " she asked, quite anxiously.
" Aye, she thinks she would. She knows what a tidy woman mother is and how clean she keeps the cottage."
" If I went I should see your mother as well as Dickon," said Mary, thinking it over and liking the idea very much. " She doesn't seem to be like the mothers in India."
Her work in the garden and the excitement of the afternoon ended by making her feel quiet and thoughtful. Martha stayed with her until tea-time, but they sat in comfortable quiet and talked