'Yo're entirely too mysterious fer me, Mis' Dawson, sez I. 'I can't, fer the life o' me, think uv one soul you know whose name begins with a M. 'M, sez she, 'who said that was a letter M? Yo're jest a-puttin' on. You know that ain't no M. "'That's what it is, sez I. 'I haven't waited till I'm old enough to have gran'children to l'arn my a b c's.
"I don't set such a heap by the boy as to set my face against his goin' to the boardin'-school, if it do be stric'; it'll do him good; an' he ain't got roun' me so's the other gran'children have, an' I'd a sight rather we had Jim for a gran'boy than this one, if he is my own flesh an' blood, as they say.