A YOUNG RAJAH 175
make it. I just went into his room and I was so surprised to see him I stood and stared. And then he turned round and stared at me. And he thought I was a ghost or a dream and I thought perhaps he was. And it was so queer being there alone together in the middle of the night and not knowing about each other. And we began to ask each other questions. And when I asked him if I must go away he said I must not."
" Th' world's comin' to a end! " gasped Martha.
" What is the matter with him? " asked Mary.
" Nobody knows for sure and certain," said Martha. " Mr. Craven went off his head like when he was born. Th' doctors thought he'd have to be put in a 'sylum. It was because Mrs. Craven died like I told you. He wouldn't set eyes on th' baby. He just raved and said it'd be another hunchback like him and it'd better die."
" Is Colin a hunchback? " Mary asked. " He didn't look like one."
'" He isn't yet," said Martha. " But he began all wrong. Mother said that there was enough trouble and raging in th' house to set any child wrong. They was afraid his back was weak an' they've always been takin' care of it — keepin' him lyin' down and not lettin' him walk. Once they made him wear a brace but he fretted so he