"It will do you a sight of good," said she, "and there's no kind of use why you should stay hived up with me. I'd as lief be left alone as not, and I shall take comfort thinkin' you're larnin' to play the pianner, for I've allus wondered 'Tildy didn't set you at Car'line's.
"Don't you worrit no more about Depper," she said, "Strike me, you're the one that want seem' to now, Car'line." The slow tears oozed beneath Car'line's closed lids. "I kin fend for myself if Depper ain't put about," she said. When Depper returned, with the shades of night, from the harvest-field, he might hardly have known his own living-room.
The ultimate result was that Car'line's manly and simple wooer Edward found his suit becoming practically hopeless.
"Yes no, said he, at the same time indicating that it was not worth while to mind it. "Got stung, have you?" said Mrs. Nichols. "Mebby 'twas a bumble-bee seems 'sef I smelt one; but like enough it's the scent on Car'line's handkercher." Mrs.
And, Depper, what du I come here to find? I find a bare cupboard and a bare board. Not a mite o' nouragement i' th' house, sech as a pore suff'rin' woman like Car'line's in need of." "Car'line's a pore manager, as right well you know, Dinah. Ha'n't I telled ye ?" "You ha' telled me yes. But have you played th' husban's part?
"Come on, Tom, and let's see." And they seized their caps, and buttoned their jackets against the wind which had just sprung up, and dashed off to see for themselves. "Ugh you go right away!" screamed Car'line's sister, as their heads appeared over the point of rocks, and shaking both hands fiercely at them. "Whew!" whistled Jasper, with his eyes in surprise on Polly.
While Polly tried to say, "Yes, I guess so," and Miss Car'line's sister so far overcame her aversion to boys as to seize him by the arm, Tom shook her off like a feather. "See here, old party," he cried, "that ancient pin of yours is reposing in the hotel office at this blessed moment. Jasper and I," indicating his friend, "ran across it on the rocks up there more than an hour ago, and "
At the moment before the jumping, only an exceptionally sensitive ear situated in the chimney-nook could have caught from down the flue the beat of a man's footstep along the highway without. But it was in that footfall, for which she had been waiting, that the origin of Car'line's involuntary springing lay.
Whether this plan met with Depper's approval or not, Dinah Brome did not wait to see. "For Car'line's peace o' mind, arter wha's come and gone, 'tis th' only way," she said to herself and to him; and by it he had to abide. It was not for many weeks.
"Was it gold around it?" asked Polly, poking away busily. "Gold? I guess it was; and there was dents in it, where Car'line an' I bit into it when we were babies, 'cause mother give it to us when our teeth was comin' 'twas better'n a chicken bone, she said." "Oh," said Polly. "Well, now you know," said Car'line's sister, "an' don't for mercy's sakes ask any more useless questions.