A New Uncle
The next time Dr. Warren entered the chamber where Pollyanna lay watching the dancing shimmer of color on the ceiling, a tall, broad-shouldered man followed close behind him.
Dr. Chilton!oh, Dr. Chilton, how glad I am to see you! cried Pollyanna. And at the joyous rapture of the voice, more than one pair of eyes in the room brimmed hot with sudden tears. But, of course, if Aunt Polly doesnt want
It is all right, my dear; dont worry, soothed Miss Polly, agitatedly, hurrying forward. I have told Dr. Chilton thatthat I want him to look you overwith Dr. Warren, this morning.
Oh, then you asked him to come, murmured Pollyanna, contentedly.
Yes, dear, I asked him. That is But it was too late. The adoring happiness that had leaped to Dr. Chiltons eyes was unmistakable and Miss Polly had seen it. With very pink cheeks she turned and left the room hurriedly.
Over in the window the nurse and Dr. Warren were talking earnestly. Dr. Chilton held out both his hands to Pollyanna.
Little girl, Im thinking that one of the very gladdest jobs you ever did has been done today, he said in a voice shaken with emotion.
At twilight a wonderfully tremulous, wonderfully different Aunt Polly crept to Pollyannas bedside. The nurse was at supper. They had the room to themselves.
Pollyanna, dear, Im going to tell youthe very first one of all. Some day Im going to give Dr. Chilton to you for youruncle. And its you that have done it all. Oh, Pollyanna, Im sohappy! And soglad!darling!
Pollyanna began to clap her hands; but even as she brought her small palms together the first time, she stopped, and held them suspended.
Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly, were you the womans hand and heart he wanted so long ago? You wereI know you were! And thats what he meant by saying Id done the gladdest job of alltoday. Im so glad! Why, Aunt Polly, I dont know but Im so glad that I dont mindeven my legs, now!
Aunt Polly swallowed a sob.
Perhaps, some day, dear But Aunt Polly did not finish. Aunt Polly did not dare to tell, yet, the great hope that Dr. Chilton had put into her heart. But she did say thisand surely this was quite wonderful enoughto Pollyannas mind:
Pollyanna, next week youre going to take a journey. On a nice comfortable little bed youre going to be carried in cars and carriages to a great doctor who has a big house many miles from here made on purpose for just such people as you are. Hes a dear friend of Dr. Chiltons, and were going to see what he can do for you!
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