44 THE PRINCESS AND CURDIE.
" Hear the parson ! ■ they cried " He believes in the witch! Ha! ha!"
"He's afraid of her !"
" And says all she does is good !"
"He wants to make friends with her, that she may help him to find the gangue."
u Give me my own eyes and a good divining rod before all the witches in the world! and so I'd advise you too, Master Curdie; that is, when your eyes have grown to be worth anything, and you have learned to cut the hazel fork,"
Thus they all mocked and jeered at him, but he did his best to keep his temper and go quietly on with his work. He got as close to his father as he could, however, for that helped him to bear it As soon as they were tired of laughing and mocking, Curdie was friendly with them, and long before their midday meal all between them was as it had been.
But when the evening came, Peter and Curdie felt that they would rather walk home together without other company, and therefore lingered behind when the rest of the men left the mine.