Jimmy Takes the Helm
Its Jimmy Bean. He wants ter see ye, maam, announced Nancy in the doorway.
Me? rejoined Miss Polly, plainly surprised. Are you sure he did not mean Miss Pollyanna? He may see her a few minutes today, if he likes.
Yesm. I told him. But he said it was you he wanted.
Very well, Ill come down. And Miss Polly arose from her chair a little wearily.
In the sitting room she found waiting for her a round-eyed, flushed-faced boy, who began to speak at once.
Maam, I spose its dreadfulwhat Im doin, an what Im sayin; but I cant help it. Its for Pollyanna, and Id walk over hot coals for her, or face you, oror anythin like that, any time. An I think you would, too, if you thought there was a chance for her ter walk again. An so thats why I come ter tell ye that as long as its only pride an etet-somethin thats keepin Pollyanna from walkin, why I knew you would ask Dr. Chilton here if you understood
Wh-at? interrupted Miss Polly, the look of stupefaction on her face changing to one of angry indignation.
Jimmy sighed despairingly.
There, I didnt mean ter make ye mad. Thats why I begun by tellin ye about her walkin again. I thought youd listen ter that.
Jimmy, what are you talking about?
Jimmy sighed again.
Thats what Im tryin ter tell ye.
Well, then tell me. But begin at the beginning, and be sure I understand each thing as you go. Dont plunge into the middle of it as you did beforeand mix everything all up!
Jimmy wet his lips determinedly.
Well, ter begin with, Dr. Chilton come ter see Mr. Pendleton, an they talked in the library. Do you understand that?
Yes, Jimmy. Miss Pollys voice was rather faint.
Well, the window was open, and I was weedin the flower-bed under it; an I heard em talk.
Oh, Jimmy! Listening?
Twant about me, an twant sneak listenin, bridled Jimmy. And Im glad I listened. You will be when I tell ye. Why, it may make Pollyannawalk!
Jimmy, what do you mean? Miss Polly was leaning forward eagerly.
There, I told ye so, nodded Jimmy, contentedly. Well, Dr. Chilton knows some doctor somewhere that can cure Pollyanna, he thinksmake her walk, ye know; but he cant tell sure till he sees her. And he wants ter see her somethin awful, but he told Mr. Pendleton that you wouldnt let him.
Miss Pollys face turned very red.
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