1 I heard father and mother talking about him.
2 "I don't know anything about him," snapped Mary.
3 You'll have to play about and look after yourself.
4 But when you're in the house don't go wandering and poking about.
5 When you read about 'em in tracts they're always very religious.'
6 He's not going to trouble himself about you, that's sure and certain.
7 "Look out of the window in about ten minutes and you'll see," the woman answered.
8 Mary lay and watched her for a few moments and then began to look about the room.
9 "I suppose I may as well tell you something about where you are going to," she said.
10 She frowned because she remembered that her father and mother had never talked to her about anything in particular.
11 It had been about a poor hunchback and a beautiful princess and it had made her suddenly sorry for Mr. Archibald Craven.
12 She was watching the passing buses and cabs and people, but she heard quite well and was made very curious about her uncle and the place he lived in.
13 The noise and hurrying about and wailing over the cholera had frightened her, and she had been angry because no one seemed to remember that she was alive.
14 Nothing was done in its regular order and several of the native servants seemed missing, while those whom Mary saw slunk or hurried about with ashy and scared faces.
15 One frightfully hot morning, when she was about nine years old, she awakened feeling very cross, and she became crosser still when she saw that the servant who stood by her bedside was not her Ayah.
16 "I shall not want to go poking about," said sour little Mary and just as suddenly as she had begun to be rather sorry for Mr. Archibald Craven she began to cease to be sorry and to think he was unpleasant enough to deserve all that had happened to him.
17 But she thought over it a great deal afterward; and when Mrs. Crawford told her that night that she was going to sail away to England in a few days and go to her uncle, Mr. Archibald Craven, who lived at Misselthwaite Manor, she looked so stony and stubbornly uninterested that they did not know what to think about her.
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