know yet, and we havent got everything settled; so I suppose that is why he wanted to see me this afternoon, sure.
The doctor sat suddenly erect. There was an odd smile on his lips.
Yes; I can well imagine that Mr. John Pendleton doeswant to see you, Pollyanna, he nodded, as he pulled his horse to a stop before the door.
Theres Aunt Polly now in the window, cried Pollyanna; then, a second later: Why, no, she isntbut I thought I saw her!
No; she isnt therenow, said the doctor, His lips had suddenly lost their smile.
Pollyanna found a very nervous John Pendleton waiting for her that afternoon.
Pollyanna, he began at once. Ive been trying all night to puzzle out what you meant by all that, yesterdayabout my wanting your Aunt Pollys hand and heart here all those years. What did you mean?
Why, because you were lovers, you know once; and I was so glad you still felt that way now.
Lovers!your Aunt Polly and I?
At the obvious surprise in the mans voice, Pollyanna opened wide her eyes.
Why, Mr. Pendleton, Nancy said you were!
The man gave a short little laugh.
Indeed! Well, Im afraid I shall have to say that Nancydidnt know.
Then youwerent lovers? Pollyannas Voice was tragic with dismay.
And it isnt all coming out like a book?
There was no answer. The mans eyes were moodily fixed out the window.
O dear! And it was all going so splendidly, almost sobbed Pollyanna. Id have been so glad to comewith Aunt Polly.
And you wontnow? The man asked the question without turning his head.
Of course not! Im Aunt Pollys.
The man turned now, almost fiercely.
Before you were hers, Pollyanna, you wereyour mothers. Andit was your mothers hand and heart that I wanted long years ago.
Yes. I had not meant to tell you, but perhaps its better, after all, that I donow. John Pendletons face had grown very white. He was speaking with evident difficulty. Pollyanna, her eyes wide and frightened, and her lips parted, was gazing at him fixedly. I loved your mother; but shedidnt love me. And after a time she went away withyour father. I did not know until then how much I didcare. The whole world suddenly seemed to turn black under my fingers, andBut, never mind. For long years I have been a
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