I could have made it much more flowery if I'd
had a little more time to think it over.
When I couldn't see, or feel, an' when my knees was shakin an my head goin' like a merry-go-round, I'd
fall safe into clenches just the same.
It's hardly worth while to pry into young men's fooleries: it wouldn't have made any difference to you, sir, if I'd
not had the bad luck to lose Wildfire.
But a fortni't ago I'd
a rare bit o' luck,--I allays thought I was a lucky chap, for I niver set a trap but what I catched something; but this wasn't trap, it was a fire i' Torry's mill, an' I doused it, else it 'ud set th' oil alight, an' the genelman gen me ten suvreigns; he gen me 'em himself last week.
done it in a minute; and, oh, it cried so, Dinah--I couldn't cover it quite up--I thought perhaps somebody 'ud come and take care of it, and then it wouldn't die.
see him standing my watch on top of his'n, 'stead of calling me, so I could go on sleep- ing; and see him how glad he was when I come back out of the fog; and when I come to him again in the swamp, up there where the feud was; and such-like times; and would always call me honey, and pet me and do everything he could think of for me, and how good he always was; and at last I struck the time I saved him by telling the men we had small-pox aboard, and he was so grateful, and said I was the best friend old Jim ever had in the world, and the ONLY one he's got now; and then I happened to look around and see that paper.
And I wrote and said that if I didn't hear from him by return I'd
go up to Birmingham, and this morning I got a solicitor's letter to say I had no claim on him, and if I molested him he'd seek the protection of the law.
I knew when he was dying he'd send for me, and I was ready to go; I'd
have nursed him like a mother, and at the last I'd
have told him that it didn't matter, I'd
loved him always, and I forgave him everything.
I was; I'd
come to think pretty well of Monty although he was a loose fish and I'd
a sort of fancy for seeing his daughter.
But let me tell you right not that I'm worth the devil alone knows how many millions, and that I'd
sure give it all, right here on the bar, to turn down your hand.
seen as much of the world as I want to, I'd
like to settle in Germany and have just as much music as I choose.
Yes; and I'd
tell it better this time," hurried on Pollyanna, quick to see the signs of relenting in the boy's face.