The Secret Garden, complete online version

First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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NEST BUILDING                   201
I says to mother, ' Mother,' I says, ' I got a secret to keep. It's not a bad 'un, tha' knows that. It's no worse than hidin' where a bird's nest is. Tha' doesn't mind it, does tha' ? ' "
Mary always wanted to hear about mother.
" What did she say? " she asked, not at all afraid to hear.
Dickon grinned sweet-temperedly.
" It was just like her, what she said," he an­swered. " She give my head a bit of a rub an' laughed an' she says, ' Eh, lad, tha' can have all th' secrets tha' likes. I've knowed thee twelve year'.' "
"How did you know about Colin?" asked Mary.
" Everybody as knowed about Mester Craven knowed there was a little lad as was like to be a cripple, an' they knowed Mester Craven didn't like him to be talked about. Folks is sorry for Mester Craven because Mrs. Craven was such a pretty young lady an' they was so fond of each other. Mrs. Medlock stops in our cottage when­ever she goes to Thwaite an' she doesn't mind talkin' to mother before us children, because she knows us has been brought up to be trusty. How did tha' find out about him? Martha was in fine trouble th' last time she came home. She said tha'd heard him frettin' an' tha' was askin'