DERBA AND BARBARA. 119
will be well. Surely no trouble will come to you for being good to strangers."
"But the poor dog!" said Derba.
Now Curdie and Lina understood each other more than a little by this time, and not only had he seen that she understood the proclamation, but when she • looked up at him after it was read, it was with such a grin, and such a yellow flash, that he saw also she was determined to take care of herself.
"The dog will probably give you reason to think a little more of her ere long," he answered. " But now," he wTent on, " I fear I must hurt your house a little. I have great confidence, however, that I shall be able to make up to you for it one day."
"Never mind the house, if only you can get safe off," she answered. " I don't think they will hurt this precious lamb," she added, clasping little Barbara to her bosom. " For myself, it is all one; I am ready for anything."
"It is but a little hole for Lina I want to make," said Curdie. "She can creep through a much smaller one than you would think."
Again he took his mattock, and went to the back wall
"They won't burn the house," he said to himself "There is too good a one on each side of it"
The tumult had kept increasing every moment, and