154 THE SECRET GARDEN
was pouring down in torrents and the wind was " wuthering " round the corners and in the chimneys of the huge old house. Mary sat up in bed and felt miserable and angry.
" The rain is as contrary as I .ever was," she said. " It came because it knew I did not want it."
She threw herself back on her pillow and buried her face. She did not cry, but she lay and hated the sound of the heavily beating rain, she hated the wind and its " wuthering." She could not go to sleep again. The mournful sound kept her awake because she felt mournful herself. If she had felt happy it would probably have lulled her to sleep. How it " wuthered " and how the big rain-drops poured down and beat against the pane!
" It sounds just like a person lost on the moor and wandering on and on crying," she said.
She had been lying awake turning from side to side for about an hour, when suddenly something made her sit up in bed and turn her head toward the door listening. She listened and she listened.
" It isn't the wind now," she said in a loud whisper. " That isn't the wind. It is different. It is that crying I heard before."
The door of her room was ajar and the sound came down the corridor, a far-off faint sound of