getfor the church, you know. Mrs. White said maybe it was just as well, anyway, for she didnt like children in blackthat is, I mean, she liked the children, of course, but not the black part.
Pollyanna paused for breath, and Nancy managed to stammer:
Well, Im sure ititll be all right.
Im glad you feel that way. I do, too, nodded Pollyanna, again with that choking little breath. Of course, twould have been a good deal harder to be glad in black
Glad! gasped Nancy, surprised into an interruption.
Yesthat fathers gone to Heaven to be with mother and the rest of us, you know. He said I must be glad. But its been pretty hard toto do it, even in red gingham, because II wanted him, so; and I couldnt help feeling I ought to have him, specially as mother and the rest have God and all the angels, while I didnt have anybody but the Ladies Aid. But now Im sure itll be easier because Ive got you, Aunt Polly. Im so glad Ive got you!
Nancys aching sympathy for the poor little forlornness beside her turned suddenly into shocked terror.
Oh, butbut youve made an awful mistake, d-dear, she faltered. Im only Nancy. I aint your Aunt Polly, at all!
Youyou arent? stammered the little girl, in plain dismay.
No. Im only Nancy. I never thought of your takin me for her. Wewe aint a bit alike we aint, we aint!
Timothy chuckled softly; but Nancy was too disturbed to answer the merry flash from his eyes.
But who are you? questioned Pollyanna. You dont look a bit like a Ladies Aider!
Timothy laughed outright this time.
Im Nancy, the hired girl. I do all the work except the washin an hard ironin. Mis Durgin does that.
But there is an Aunt Polly? demanded the child, anxiously.
You bet your life there is, cut in Timothy.
Pollyanna relaxed visibly.
Oh, thats all right, then. There was a moments silence, then she went on brightly: And do you know? Im glad, after all, that she didnt come to meet me; because now Ive got her still coming, and Ive got you besides.
Nancy flushed. Timothy turned to her with a quizzical smile.
I call that a pretty slick compliment, he said. Why dont you thank the little lady?
II was thinkin aboutMiss Polly, faltered Nancy.
Pollyanna sighed contentedly.
I was, too. Im so interested in her. You know shes all the aunt Ive got, and I didnt know I had her for ever so long. Then father told me. He said she lived in a lovely great big house way on top of a hill.
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