i7o THE SECRET GARDEN
There were a few moments of silence and then Mary spoke.
" What would Mrs. Medlock do if she found out that I had been here? " she inquired.
" She would do as I told her to do," he answered. " And I should tell her that I wanted you to come here and talk to me every day. I am glad you came."
" So am I," said Mary. " I will come as often as I can, but " — she hesitated —" I shall have to look every day for the garden door."
" Yes, you must," said Colin, " and you can tell me about it afterward."
He lay thinking a few minutes, as he had done before, and then he spoke again.
" I think you shall be a secret, too," he said. " I will not tell them until they find out. I can always send the nurse out of the room and say that I want to be by myself. Do you know Martha? "
" Yes, I know her very well," said Mary. " She waits on me."
He nodded his head toward the outer corridor.
" She is the one who is asleep in the other room. The nurse went away yesterday to stay all night with her sister and she always makes Martha attend to me when she wants to go out. Martha shall tell you when to come here."
Then Mary understood Martha's troubled look