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not know how broadly Yorkshire sounds until you have heard some one speak it. Colin began to laugh.
" What are you doing?" he said. "I never heard you talk like that before. How funny it sounds."
" I'm givin' thee a bit o' Yorkshire," answered Mary triumphantly. " I canna' talk as graidely as Dickon an' Martha can but tha' sees I can shape a bit. Doesn't tha' understand a bit o' Yorkshire when tha' hears it? An' tha' a Yorkshire lad thy-sel' bred an' born! Eh! I wonder tha'rt not ashamed o' thy face."
And then she began to laugh too and they both laughed until they could not stop themselves and they laughed until the room echoed and Mrs. Medlock opening the door to come in drew back into the corridor and stood listening amazed.
"Well, upon my word!" she said, speaking rather broad Yorkshire herself because there was no one to hear her and she was so astonished. " Whoever heard th' like! Whoever on earth would ha' thought it! "
There was so much to talk about. It seemed as if Colin could never hear enough of Dickon and Captain and Soot and Nut and Shell and the pony whose name was Jump. Mary had run round into the wood with Dickon to see Jump. He