Do you think they wouldtrulytake me? he asked.
Of course they would! Dont they take little boys in India to bring up? Well, they can just play you are the little India boy this time. I reckon youre far enough away to make a report, all right. You wait. Ill write em. Ill write Mrs. White. No, Ill write Mrs. Jones. Mrs. White has got the most money, but Mrs. Jones gives the mostwhich is kind of funny, isnt it?when you think of it. But I reckon some of the Aiders will take you.
All rightbut dont furgit ter say Ill work fur my board an keep, put in Jimmy. I aint no beggar, an bizness is bizness, even with Ladies Aiders, Im thinkin. He hesitated, then added: An I spose I better stay where I be fur a spell yettill you hear.
Of course, nodded Pollyanna emphatically. Then Ill know just where to find you. And theyll take youIm sure youre far enough away for that. Didnt Aunt Polly takeSay! she broke off, suddenly, do you suppose I was Aunt Pollys little girl from India?
Well, if you aint the queerest kid, grinned Jimmy, as he turned away.
It was about a week after the accident in Pendleton Woods that Pollyanna said to her aunt one morning:
Aunt Polly, please would you mind very much if I took Mrs. Snows calfs-foot jelly this week to some one else? Im sure Mrs. Snow wouldntthis once.
Dear me, Pollyanna, what are you up to now? sighed her aunt. You are the most extraordinary child!
Pollyanna frowned a little anxiously.
Aunt Polly, please, what is extraordinary? If youre extraordinary you cant be ordinary, can you?
You certainly can not.
Oh, thats all right, then. Im glad Im extraordinary, sighed Pollyanna, her face clearing. You see, Mrs. White used to say Mrs. Rawson was a very ordinary womanand she disliked Mrs. Rawson something awful. They were always fightI mean, father hadthat is, I mean, we had more trouble keeping peace between them than we did between any of the rest of the Aiders, corrected Pollyanna, a little breathless from her efforts to steer between the Scylla of her fathers past commands in regard to speaking of church quarrels, and the Charybdis of her aunts present commands in regard to speaking of her father.
Yes, yes; well, never mind, interposed Aunt Polly, a trifle impatiently. You do run on so, Pollyanna, and no matter what were talking about you always bring up at those Ladies Aiders!
Yesm, smiled Pollyanna, cheerfully, I reckon I do, maybe. But you see they used to bring me up, and
That will do, Pollyanna, interrupted a cold voice. Now what is it about this jelly?
Nothing, Aunt Polly, truly, that you would mind, Im sure. You let me take jelly to her, so I thought you would to himthis once. You see, broken legs arent likelike lifelong invalids, so his wont last forever as Mrs. Snows does, and she can have all the rest of the things after just once or twice.
Him? He? Broken leg? What are you talking about, Pollyanna?
Pollyanna stared; then her face relaxed.
Oh, I forgot. I reckon you didnt know. You see, it happened while you were gone. It was the very day you went that I found him in the woods, you know; and I had to unlock his house and telephone for the
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