298 THE SECRET GARDEN
world," he said wisely one day, " but people don't know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment."
The next morning when they went to the secret garden he sent at once for Ben Weather staff. Ben came as quickly as he could and found the Rajah standing on his feet under a tree and looking very grand but also very beautifully smiling.
" Good morning, Ben Weatherstaff," he said. " I want you and Dickon and Miss Mary to stand in a row and listen to me because I am going to tell you something very important."
" A'ye, aye, sir!" answered Ben Weatherstaff, touching his forehead. (One of the long concealed charms of Ben Weatherstaff was that in his boyhood he had once run away to sea and had made voyages. So he could reply like a sailor.)
" I am going to try a scientific experiment," explained the Rajah. " When I grow up I am going to make great scientific discoveries and I am going to begin now with this experiment."
"Aye, aye, sir!" said Ben Weatherstaff promptly, though this was the first time he had heard of great scientific discoveries.
It was the first time Mary had heard of them, either, but even at this stage she had begun to