144 THE SECRET GARDEN
always wore it when she was dressed up. She looked nervous and excited.
" Your hair's rough," she said quickly. " Go and brush it. Martha, help her to slip on her best dress. Mr. Craven sent me to bring her to him in his study."
All the pink left Mary's cheeks. Her heart began to thump and she felt herself changing into a stiff, plain, silent child again. She did not even answer Mrs. Medlock, but turned and walked into her bedroom, followed by Martha. She said nothing while her dress was changed, and her hair brushed, and after she was quite tidy she followed Mrs. Medlock down the corridors, in silence. What was there for her to say? She was obliged to go and see Mr. Craven and he would not like her, and she would not like him. She knew what he would think of her.
She was taken to a part of the house she had not been into before. At last Mrs. Medlock knocked at a door, and when some one said, " Come in," they entered the room together. A man was sitting in an armchair before the fire, and Mrs. Medlock spoke to him.
" This is Miss Mary, sir," she said.
1 You can go and leave her here. I will ring for you when I want you to take her away," said Mr. Craven.