334 THE SECRET GARDEN
ever knew, though Mrs. Medlock nearly found me out. I lost my way when I was coming back and I stopped at the end of your corridor. That was the second time I heard you crying.,,
Colin started up on his sofa.
" A hundred rooms no one goes into," he said. " It sounds almost like a secret garden. Suppose we go and look at them. You could wheel me in my chair and nobody would know where we went."
" That's what I was thinking," said Mary. " No one would dare to follow us. There are galleries where you could run. We could do our exercises. There is a little Indian room where there is a cabinet full of ivory elephants. There are all sorts of rooms."
" Ring the bell," said Colin.
When the nurse came in he gave his orders.
" I want my chair," he said. " Miss Mary and I are going to look at the part of the house which is not used. John can push me as far as the picture-gallery because there are some stairs. Then he must go away and leave us alone until I send for him again."
Rainy days lost their terrors that morning. When the footman had wheeled the chair into the picture-gallery and left the two together in obedience to orders, Colin and Mary looked at each