3i2 THE SECRET GARDEN
Colin " had taken a fancy to going out into the grounds with Miss Mary and that it was doing him good. But it was not long before it was agreed between the two children that Dickon's mother might " come into the secret." Somehow it was not doubted that she was " safe for sure."
So one beautiful still evening Dickon told the whole story, with all the thrilling details of the buried key and the robin and the gray haze which had seemed like deadness and the secret Mistress Mary had planned never to reveal. The coming of Dickon and how it had been told to him, the doubt of Mester Colin and the final drama of his introduction to the hidden domain, combined with the incident of Ben Weatherstafl's angry face peering over the wall and Mester Colin's sudden indignant strength, made Mrs. Sowerby's nice-looking face quite change color several times.
" My word! " she said. " It was a good thing that little lass came to th' Manor. It's been th' makin' o' her an' th' savin' o' him. Standin' on his feet! An' us all thinkin' he was a poor halfwitted lad with not a straight bone in him."
She asked a great many questions and her blue eyes were full of deep thinking.
"What do they make of it at th' Manor — him being so well an' cheerful an' never com-plainin'? " she inquired.