WHEN THE SUN WENT DOWN 287,
" Nowt o' th' sort! Tha's got too much pluck in thee. When I seed thee put tha' legs on th' ground in such a hurry I knowed tha' was all right. Sit thee down on th' rug a bit young Mester an' give me thy orders."
There was a queer mixture of crabbed tenderness and shrewd understanding in his manner. Mary had poured out speech as rapidly as she could as they had come down the Long Walk. The chief thing to be remembered, she had told him, was that Colin was getting well — getting well. The garden was doing it. No one must let him remember about having humps and dying.
The Rajah condescended to seat himself on a rug under the tree.
" What work do you do in the gardens, Weatherstaff? " he inquired.
" Anythin' I'm told to do," answered old Ben. " I'm kep' on by favor — because she liked me."
"She?" said Colin.
" Tha' mother," answered Ben Weatherstaff.
'" My mother?" said Colin, and he looked about him quietly. " This was her garden, wasn't it?"
"Aye, it was that!" and Ben Weatherstaff looked about him too. " She were main fond of it."
" It is my garden now. I am fond of it. I