THE SECRET GARDEN
very little. But just before Martha went downstairs for the tea-tray, Mary asked a question.
14 Martha," she said, " has the scullery-maid had the toothache again to-day? "
Martha certainly started slightly.
" What makes thee ask that? " she said.
" Because when I waited so long for you to come back I opened the door and walked down the corridor to see if you were coming. And I heard that far-off crying again, just as we heard it the other night. There isn't a wind to-day, so you see it couldn't have been the wind."
" Eh! " said Martha restlessly. " Tha' mustn't go walkin' about in corridors an' listenin'. Mr. Craven would be that there angry there's no knowin' what he'd do."
" I wasn't listening," said Mary. " I was just waiting for you — and I heard it. That's three times."
"My word! There's Mrs. Medlock's bell," said Martha, and she almost ran out of the room.
" It's the strangest house any one ever lived in," said Mary drowsily, as she dropped her head on the cushioned seat of the armchair near her. Fresh air, and digging, and skipping-rope had made her feel so comfortably tired that she fell asleep.