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any disagreeable scenes. When he went downstairs he looked very thoughtful and when he talked to Mrs. Medlock in the library she felt that he was a much puzzled man.
" Well, sir," she ventured, " could you have believed it? "
" It is certainly a new state of affairs," said the doctor. " And there's no denying it is better than the old one."
" I believe Susan Sowerby's right — I do that," said Mrs. Medlock. " I stopped in her cottage on my way to Thwaite yesterday and had a bit of talk with her. And she says to me, ' Well, Sarah Ann, she mayn't be a good child, an' she mayn't be a pretty one, but she's a child, an' children needs children.' We went to school together, Susan Sowerby and me."
" She's the best sick nurse I know," said Dr. Craven. " When I find her in a cottage I know the chances are that I shall save my patient."
Mrs. Medlock smiled. She was fond of Susan Sowerby.
" She's got a way with her, has Susan," she went on quite volubly. " I've been thinking all morning of one thing she said yesterday. She says, ' Once when I was givin' th' children a bit of a preach after they'd been fightin' I ses to 'em all, " When I was at school my jography told as th'