Having performed this without observing Tess, she went indoors, and her daughter followed her. The washing-tub stood in the same old place on the same old quarter-hogshead, and her mother, having thrown the sheet aside, was about to plunge her arms in anew. "Why Tess! my chil' I thought you was married! married really and truly this time we sent the cider " "Yes, mother; so I am." "Going to be?"
"Ma foi, but what now?" mused his mother, as she watched his little form sturdily trudging the track in the face of the wind; his head, with the rimless cap thrust close on the shock of black hair, bent low; his hands thrust deep in the bulging pockets. "A new live play-toy h'it may be," ventured the father; "he is one funny chil." The next day Titee was late for school.
"Sakes alive!" he cried. "It's de frenomenom, come down frum de mountains! Howdy, honey, howdy!" He hurried toward her and saw that she was near to tears from weariness and the strain of what she had gone through and what she had to tell. "Why, chil', what's de mattuh?" "Pebble in my shoe," she answered, and busied herself as if removing one. "All right in a minute.
Chil, the Kite, stayed and grew fat, for there was a great deal of carrion, and evening after evening he brought the news to the beasts, too weak to force their way to fresh hunting-grounds, that the sun was killing the Jungle for three days' flight in every direction.
Kindly see that my best white tie is included. I would not wish to be unbecomingly attired on so joyous an occasion. She is a widow with five chil " "Mercy! don't faint away! Where's your fans? Didn't I tell you there were breakers ahead? I don't wonder you're all broken up! Give it to me; I'll read the rest.
Tell me," she cried, stamping her foot. "Why should I tell secrets to one who can read the future?" he asked banteringly. Chicarona's mood was changing. It was evident from her looks, either that she was defeated in the contest by this wily and resistless combatant or that she had succumbed to the temptation of his money. "How much will you gif vor zis chil'?" she asked.
Can you tell me if I am anywhere near a place called Chauncery?" "Rather," Dick answered, with a grin. "That's our place. It's about half a mile up the next turning to the left." "Indeed!" said the stranger, looking somewhat surprised and slightly dismayed; "I understood that it was occupied by Mrs. and Miss Gordon, not by anyone with chil young people," he corrected himself hastily. "So it is.
"And after," he went on, "they will find me lying in the black water. Nay, I will go back to my own Jungle, and I will die upon the Council Rock, and Bagheera, whom I love, if he is not screaming in the valley Bagheera, perhaps, may watch by what is left for a little, lest Chil use me as he used Akela."
"Ah, me poor Mary," sobbed the woman in black. With low, coddling cries, she sank on her knees by the mourner's chair, and put her arms about her. The other women began to groan in different keys. "Yer poor misguided chil' is gone now, Mary, an' let us hope it's fer deh bes'. Yeh'll fergive her now, Mary, won't yehs, dear, all her disobed'ence?
His voice was a thunder, rumbling with its agitation. "I must have sinned deeply but if the Almighty sees fit to take from me my health, my child, my last days of peace on earth if He chooses to chastise me as He chastised Job I shall still fight for His righteous will, and war on the iniquitous chil " The last word broke with a choke in his throat.