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Tha—tha’s acquired legs o’ thine personal, comparable as other people! ” Mary used to be fairly anxious until eventually she heard Colin’s resolution. “Nothing quite ails them,” he stated, “but they're so skinny and vulnerable. They shake in order that I’m afraid to attempt to face on them. ” either Mary and Dickon drew a relieved breath. “When tha’stops bein’ afraid tha’lt stand on ’em,” Dickon acknowledged with renewed cheer. “An’ tha’lt cease bein’ afraid in a piece. ” “I shall? ” stated Colin, and he lay nonetheless as though he have been puzzling over approximately issues. They have been rather very quiet for a short while. The solar used to be shedding reduce. It used to be that hour while every little thing stills itself, they usually quite had had a hectic and interesting afternoon. Colin seemed as though he have been resting luxuriously. Even the creatures had ceased relocating approximately and had drawn jointly and have been resting close to them. Soot had perched on a low department and drawn up one leg and dropped the grey movie drowsily over his eyes. Mary privately suggestion he seemed as though he could snore in a minute. in the course of this stillness it used to be quite startling whilst Colin part lifted his head and exclaimed in a noisy by surprise alarmed whisper: “Who is that guy? ” Dickon and Mary scrambled to their ft. “Man! ” they either cried in low quickly voices. Colin pointed to the excessive wall. “Look! ” he whispered excitedly. “Just glance! ” Mary and Dickon wheeled approximately and regarded. there has been Ben Weatherstaff’s offended face evident at them over the wall from the pinnacle of a ladder! He truly shook his fist at Mary. “If I wasn’t a bachelder, an’ tha’ used to be a wench o’ mine,” he cried, “I’d supply thee a hidin’! ” He fixed one other step threateningly as though it have been his lively purpose to leap down and care for her; yet as she got here towards him he obviously proposal best of it and stood at the most sensible step of his ladder shaking his fist down at her. “I by no means thowt a lot o’thee! ” he harangued. “I couldna’ abide thee th’ first time I set eyes on thee. A scrawny buttermilk-faced younger besom, allus askin’ questions an’ pokin’ tha’ nostril the place it wasna’ sought after. I by no means knowed how tha’ bought so thick wi’ me. If it hadna’ been for th’ robin—Drat him—” “Ben Weatherstaff,” known as out Mary, discovering her breath. She stood under him and referred to as as much as him with a type of gasp. “Ben Weatherstaff, it used to be the robin who confirmed me the best way! ” Then it did look as though Ben quite might scramble down on her part of the wall, he was once so outraged. “Tha’ younger undesirable ’un! ” he known as down at her. “Layin’ tha’ badness on a robin—not yet what he’s impidint enow for anythin’. His showin’ thee th’ method! Him! Eh! tha’ younger nowt”—she may see his subsequent phrases burst out simply because he was once overpowered by way of curiosity—“however i’ this international did tha’ get in? ” “It was once the robin who confirmed me the way,” she protested obstinately. “He didn’t comprehend he used to be doing it yet he did. and that i can’t inform you from right here whereas you’re shaking your fist at me. ” He stopped shaking his fist very unexpectedly at that very second and his jaw truly dropped as he stared over her head at anything he observed coming over the grass towards him.

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