374 THE SECRET GARDEN
One of the windows looking upon the courtyard gave also a glimpse of the lawn. Mrs. Medlock, knowing Ben had come from the gardens, hoped that he might have caught sight of his master and even by chance of his meeting with Master Colin.
" Did you see either of them, Weatherstaff? " she asked.
Ben took his beer-mug from his mouth and wiped his lips with the back of his hand.
" Aye, that I did," he answered with a shrewdly significant air.
" Both of them? " suggested Mrs. Medlock.
" Both of 'em," returned Ben Weatherstaff. " Thank ye kindly, ma'am, I could sup up another mug of it."
" Together? " said Mrs. Medlock, hastily overfilling his beer-mug in her excitement.
" Together, ma'am," and Ben gulped down half of his new mug at one gulp.
"Where was Master Colin? How did he look? What did they say to each other? "
" I didna' hear that," said Ben, " along o' only bein' on th' step-ladder lookin' over th' wall. But I'll tell thee this. There's been things goin' on outside as you house people knows nowt about. An' what tha'll find out tha'll find out soon."
And it was not two minutes before he swallowed the last of his beer and waved his mug solemnly