"I hurt my ankle, Abijah," said the girl. "You ain't, is you, Miss Patty?" replied Abijah, in an indulgent tone which conveyed to Stephen's delicate ears every shade of difference between the Vetchs' and the Culpepers' social standing. "How are you, Abijah?" remarked the young man with the air of lordly pleasantry he used to all servants who were not white.