346 THE SECRET GARDEN
tionate eyes which seemed to take everything in — all of them, even Ben Weatherstaff and the " creatures " and every flower that was in bloom. Unexpectedly as she had appeared, not one of them felt that she was an intruder at all. Dickon's eyes lighted like lamps.
"It's Mother — that's who it is!" he cried and he went across the grass at a run.
Colin began to move toward her, too, and Mary went with him. They both felt their pulses beat faster.
" It's Mother! " Dickon said again when they met half-way. " I knowed tha' wanted to see her an' I told her where th' door was hid."
Colin held out his hand with a sort of flushed royal shyness but his eyes quite devoured her face.
" Even when I was ill I wanted to see you," he said, " you and Dickon and the secret garden. I'd never wanted to see any one or anything before."
The sight of his uplifted face brought about a sudden change in her own. She flushed and the corners of her mouth shook and a mist seemed to sweep over her eyes.
"Eh! dear lad!" she broke out tremulously. " Eh! dear lad! " as if she had not known she were going to say it. She did not say, " Mester