The fact is, she's
feeling rather seedy, poor child.
But not by way of patronage, you know, helping with money; she's
herself preparing the boys in Russian for the high school, and she's
taken the little girl to live with her.
"'I don't know how she's
there,' says Arthur, shivering dreadful with the horrors, 'but she's
standing in the corner at the foot of the bed, awful mad.
"The mother's begun to fidget about you, an' she's
got the little un ill.
coming to the back door," said Felicity, with an agitated glance around the kitchen.
Tulliver," she observed as she sat down, "but I'm sure the child's half an idiot i' some things; for if I send her upstairs to fetch anything, she forgets what she's
gone for, an' perhaps 'ull sit down on the floor i' the sunshine an' plait her hair an' sing to herself like a Bedlam creatur', all the while I'm waiting for her downstairs.
turrible hard to get along with, an' kind o' heaves benefits at your head, same 's she would bricks; but they're benefits jest the same, an' mebbe it's your job to kind o' pay for 'em in good behavior.
Her services have been more valuable than was supposed; her learning has been quicker than was supposed; Omer and Joram can run their pen through what remains; and she's
free when you wish.
And she doesn't appear to realize how wicked she's
been at all--that's what worries me most.
But, dear me, what a life she's
led, out in the fields with those rough threshers!
making it devilishly uncomfortable for me," he went on nervously.
"You're going to the water, Miss?--you think she's