2o8 THE SECRET GARDEN
returned to the canopy tree his cheeks were flushed and he looked triumphant.
"I did it! The Magic worked!" he cried. " That is my first scientific discovery."
" What will Dr. Craven say? " broke out Mary.
" He won't say anything," Colin answered, " because he will not be told. This is to be the biggest secret of all. No one is to know anything about it until I have grown so strong that I can walk and run like any other boy. I shall come here every day in my chair and I shall be taken back in it. I won't have people whispering and asking questions and I won't let my father hear about it until the experiment has quite succeeded. Then sometime when he comes back to Missel-thwaite I shall just walk into his study and say ' Here I am; I am like any other boy. I am quite well and I shall live to be a man. It has been done by a scientific experiment.' "
" He will think he is in a dream," cried Mary. " He won't believe his eyes."
Colin flushed triumphantly. He had made himself believe that he was going to get well, which was really more than half the battle, if he had been aware of it. And the thought which stimulated him more than any other was this imagining what his father would look like when he saw that he had a son who was as straight and