August came. August brought several surprises and some changesnone of which, however, were really a surprise to Nancy. Nancy, since Pollyannas arrival, had come to look for surprises and changes.
First there was the kitten.
Pollyanna found the kitten mewing pitifully some distance down the road. When systematic questioning of the neighbors failed to find any one who claimed it, Pollyanna brought it home at once, as a matter of course.
And I was glad I didnt find any one who owned it, too, she told her aunt in happy confidence; cause I wanted to bring it home all the time. I love kitties. I knew youd be glad to let it live here.
Miss Polly looked at the forlorn little gray bunch of neglected misery in Pollyannas arms, and shivered: Miss Polly did not care for catsnot even pretty, healthy, clean ones.
Ugh! Pollyanna! What a dirty little beast! And its sick, Im sure, and all mangy and fleay.
I know it, poor little thing, crooned Pollyanna, tenderly, looking into the little creatures frightened eyes. And its all trembly, too, its so scared. You see it doesnt know, yet, that were going to keep it, of course.
Nonor anybody else, retorted Miss Polly, with meaning emphasis.
Oh, yes, they do, nodded Pollyanna, entirely misunderstanding her aunts words. I told everybody we should keep it, if I didnt find where it belonged. I knew youd be glad to have itpoor little lonesome thing!
Miss Polly opened her lips and tried to speak; but in vain. The curious helpless feeling that had been hers so often since Pollyannas arrival, had her now fast in its grip.
Of course I knew, hurried on Pollyanna, gratefully, that you wouldnt let a dear little lonesome kitty go hunting for a home when youd just taken ME in; and I said so to Mrs. Ford when she asked if youd let me keep it. Why, I had the Ladies Aid, you know, and kitty didnt have anybody. I knew youd feel that way, she nodded happily, as she ran from the room.
But, Pollyanna, Pollyanna, remonstrated Miss Polly. I dont But Pollyanna was already halfway to the kitchen, calling:
Nancy, Nancy, just see this dear little kitty that Aunt Polly is going to bring up along with me! And Aunt Polly, in the sitting roomwho abhorred catsfell back in her chair with a gasp of dismay, powerless to remonstrate.
The next day it was a dog, even dirtier and more forlorn, perhaps, than was the kitten; and again Miss Polly, to her dumfounded amazement, found herself figuring as a kind protector and an angel of mercya role that Pollyanna so unhesitatingly thrust upon her as a matter of course, that the womanwho abhorred dogs even more than she did cats, if possiblefound herself as before, powerless to remonstrate.
When, in less than a week, however, Pollyanna brought home a small, ragged boy, and confidently claimed the same protection for him, Miss Polly did have something to say. It happened after this wise.
On a pleasant Thursday morning Pollyanna had been taking calfs-foot jelly again to Mrs. Snow. Mrs. Snow and Pollyanna were the best of friends now. Their friendship had started from the third visit Pollyanna had made, the one after she had told Mrs. Snow of the game. Mrs. Snow herself was playing the game now, with Pollyanna. To be sure, she was not playing it very wellshe had been sorry for everything for so long, that it was not easy to be glad for anything now. But under Pollyannas cheery instructions and merry laughter at her mistakes, she was learning fast. Today, even, to Pollyannas huge delight, she had said that she was glad Pollyanna brought calfs-foot jelly, because that was just what she had
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