146 THE SECRET GARDEN
11 I forgot you," he said. " How could I remember you? I intended to send you a governess or a nurse, or some one of that sort, but I forgot."
"Please," began Mary. "Please—" and then the lump in her throat choked her.
" What do you want to say? " he inquired.
"lam — I am too big for a nurse," said Mary. " And please — please don't make me have a governess yet."
He rubbed his forehead again and stared at her.
" That was what the Sowerby woman said," he muttered absent-mindedly.
Then Mary gathered a scrap of courage.
" Is she — is she Martha's mother? " she stammered.
" Yes, I think so," he replied.
" She knows about children," said Mary. " She has twelve. She knows."
He seemed to rouse himself.
"What do you want to do?"
" I want to play out of doors," Mary answered, hoping that her voice did not tremble. " I never liked it in India. It makes me hungry here, and I am getting fatter."
He was watching her.
" Mrs. Sowerby said it would do you good. Perhaps it will," he said. " She thought you had