"I WON'T!" SAID MARY 209
Dickon said, looking at her as she was digging. " Tha's beginning to look different, for sure."
Mary was glowing with exercise and good spirits.
" I'm getting fatter and fatter every day," she said quite exultantly. " Mrs. Medlock will have to get me some bigger dresses. Martha says my hair is growing thicker. It isn't so flat and stringy."
The sun was beginning to set and sending deep gold-colored rays slanting under the trees when they parted.
" It'll be fine to-morrow," said Dickon. " I'll be at work by sunrise."
" So will I," said Mary.
She ran back to the house as quickly as her feet would carry her. She wanted to tell Colin about Dickon's fox cub and the rook and about what the springtime had been doing. She felt sure he would like to hear. So it was not very pleasant when she opened the door of her room, to see Martha standing waiting for her with a doleful face.
"What is the matter?" she asked. "What did Colin say when you told him I couldn't come? "
"Eh!" said Martha, "I wish tha'd gone.