" I WON'T! " SAID MARY
r~PHEY found a great deal to do that morning ■*■ and Mary was late in returning to the house and was also in such a hurry to get back to her work that she quite forgot Colin until the last moment.
" Tell Colin that I can't come and see him yet," she said to Martha. " I'm very busy in the garden."
Martha looked rather frightened.
" Eh! Miss Mary," she said, " it may put him all out of humor when I tell him that."
But Mary was not as afraid of him as other people were and she was not a self-sacrificing person.
" I can't stay," she answered. " Dickon's waiting for me; " and she ran away.
The afternoon was even lovelier and busier than the morning had been. Already nearly all the weeds were cleared out of the garden and most of the roses and trees had been pruned or dug about. Dickon had brought a spade of his own and he