THE SECRET GARDEN
him in th' humor to come out here an' lie under th' trees in his carriage."
" I've been wondering that myself. I've thought of it almost every time I've talked to him," said Mary. " I've wondered if he could keep a secret and I've wondered if we could bring him here without any one seeing us. I thought perhaps you could push his carriage. The doctor said he must have fresh air and if he wants us to take him out no one dare disobey him. He won't go out for other people and perhaps they will be glad if he will go out with us. He could order the gardeners to keep away so they wouldn't find out."
Dickon was thinking very hard as he scratched Captain's back.
" It'd be good for him, I'll warrant," he said. " Us'd not be thinkin' he'd better never been born. Us'd be just two children watchin' a garden grow, an' he'd be another. Two lads an' a little lass just lookin' on at th' springtime. I warrant it'd be better than doctor's stuff."
" He's been lying in his room so long and he's always been so afraid of his back that it has made him queer," said Mary. " He knows a good many things out of books but he doesn't know anything else. He says he has been too ill to notice things and he hates going out of doors and hates