240 THE SECRET GARDEN
but she did what none of us dare do. She just flew at him like a little cat last night, and stamped her feet and ordered him to stop screaming, and somehow she startled him so that he actually did stop, and this afternoon — well just come up and see, sir. It's past crediting."
The scene which Dr. Craven beheld when he entered his patient's room was indeed rather astonishing to him. As Mrs. Medlock opened the door he heard laughing and chattering. Colin was on his sofa in his dressing-gown and he was sitting up quite straight looking at a picture in one of the garden books and talking to the plain child who at that moment could scarcely be called plain at all because her face was so glowing with enjoyment. ,
" Those long spires of blue ones — we'll have a lot of those," Colin was announcing. " They're called Del-phin-iums."
" Dickon says they're larkspurs made big and grand," cried Mistress Mary. " There are clumps there already."
Then they saw Dr. Craven and stopped. Mary-became quite still and Colin looked fretful.
" I am sorry to hear you were ill last night, my boy," Dr. Craven said a trifle nervously. He was rather a nervous man.
" I'm better now — much better," Colin an-