3i8 THE SECRET GARDEN
" and such flesh as you have gained is healthy. If we can keep this up, my boy, we need not talk of dying. Your father will be very happy to hear of this remarkable improvement.,,
" I won't have him told! " Colin broke forth fiercely. " It will only disappoint him if I get worse again — and I may get worse this very night. I might have a raging fever. I feel as if I might be beginning to have one now. I won't have letters written to my father — I won't — I won't! You are making me angry and you know that is bad for me. I feel hot already. I hate being written about and being talked over as much as I hate being stared at! "
"Hush-h! my boy," Dr. Craven soothed him. " Nothing shall be written without your permission. You are too sensitive about things. You must not undo the good which has been done."
He said no more about writing to Mr. Craven and when he saw the nurse he privately warned her that such a possibility must not be mentioned to the patient.
' The boy is extraordinarily better," he said. " His advance seems almost abnormal. But of course he is doing now of his own free will what we could not make him do before. Still, he excites himself every easily and nothing must be said to irritate him."