Which is More Surprising
Sunday mornings Pollyanna usually attended church and Sunday school. Sunday afternoons she frequently went for a walk with Nancy. She had planned one for the day after her Saturday afternoon visit to Mr. John Pendleton; but on the way home from Sunday school Dr. Chilton overtook her in his gig, and brought his horse to a stop.
Suppose you let me drive you home, Pollyanna, he suggested. I want to speak to you a minute. I, was just driving out to your place to tell you, he went on, as Pollyanna settled herself at his side. Mr. Pendleton sent a special request for you to go to see him this afternoon, sure. He says its very important.
Pollyanna nodded happily.
Yes, it is, I know. Ill go.
The doctor eyed her with some surprise.
Im not sure I shall let you, after all, he declared, his eyes twinkling. You seemed more upsetting than soothing yesterday, young lady.
Oh, it wasnt me, trulynot really, you know; not so much as it was Aunt Polly.
The doctor turned with a quick start.
Youraunt! he ejaculated.
Pollyanna gave a happy little bounce in her seat.
Yes. And its so exciting and lovely, just like a story, you know. IIm going to tell you, she burst out, with sudden decision. He said not to mention it; but he wouldnt mind your knowing, of course. He meant not to mention it to her.
Yes; Aunt Polly. And, of course he would want to tell her himself instead of having me do itlovers, so!
Lovers! As the doctor said the word, the horse started violently, as if the hand that held the reins had given them a sharp jerk.
Yes, nodded Pollyanna, happily. Thats the story-part, you see. I didnt know it till Nancy told me. She said Aunt Polly had a lover years ago, and they quarrelled. She didnt know who it was at first. But weve found out now. Its Mr. Pendleton, you know.
The doctor relaxed suddenly, The hand holding the reins fell limply to his lap.
Oh! No; Ididnt know, he said quietly.
Pollyanna hurried onthey were nearing the Harrington homestead.
Yes; and Im so glad now. Its come out lovely. Mr. Pendleton asked me to come and live with him, but of course I wouldnt leave Aunt Polly like thatafter shed been so good to me. Then he told me all about the womans hand and heart that he used to want, and I found out that he wanted it now; and I was so glad! For of course if he wants to make up the quarrel, everything will be all right now, and Aunt Polly and I will both go to live there, or else hell come to live with us. Of course Aunt Polly doesnt
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