1 Mary crept softly across the room to look.
2 "You are to take her to her room," he said in a husky voice.
3 She had never seen a room at all like it and thought it curious and gloomy.
4 Mary lay and watched her for a few moments and then began to look about the room.
5 She opened the door of the room and went into the corridor, and then she began her wanderings.
6 But one knew he could not get in, and somehow it made one feel very safe and warm inside a room with a red coal fire.
7 There were embroidered hangings on the wall, and inlaid furniture such as she had seen in India stood about the room.
8 It was not a child's room, but a grown-up person's room, with gloomy old pictures on the walls and heavy old oak chairs.
9 When she went into the room which had been made into a nursery for her, she found that it was rather like the one she had slept in.
10 In all her wanderings through the long corridors and the empty rooms, she had seen nothing alive; but in this room she saw something.
11 She was not frightened, because he was a harmless little thing who would not hurt her and he seemed in a hurry to get out of the room.
12 And she took her by the arm and half pushed, half pulled her up one passage and down another until she pushed her in at the door of her own room.
13 In one room, which looked like a lady's sitting-room, the hangings were all embroidered velvet, and in a cabinet were about a hundred little elephants made of ivory.
14 At first Mary thought that there were no lights at all in the windows, but as she got out of the carriage she saw that one room in a corner upstairs showed a dull glow.
15 When she opened her eyes in the morning it was because a young housemaid had come into her room to light the fire and was kneeling on the hearth-rug raking out the cinders noisily.
16 And then Mary Lennox was led up a broad staircase and down a long corridor and up a short flight of steps and through another corridor and another, until a door opened in a wall and she found herself in a room with a fire in it and a supper on a table.
17 Two or three times she lost her way by turning down the wrong corridor and was obliged to ramble up and down until she found the right one; but at last she reached her own floor again, though she was some distance from her own room and did not know exactly where she was.
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