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CHAPTER IV. MARTHA (5)

Note: the whole book is recorded in separate chapters, the audio files we can find here.

Before reading try to answer some questions:
What is the title of this book? Can you guess the meaning of it? Who is Dicken and why Mary is impressed by him? Does Mary have many friends or not? Why? Where is set the action of Chapter IV, who do we meet there? What word was used to describe the Robin landing on the clod of earth?What would you find in an orchard ?The bird put his tiny head on one side and looked up at him with his soft bright eye which was like a black dewdrop. He seemed quite familiar and not the least afraid. He hopped about and pecked the earth briskly, looking for seeds and insects. It actually gave Mary a queer feeling in her heart, because he was so pretty and cheerful and seemed so like a person. He had a tiny plump body and a delicate beak, and slender delicate legs.

"Will he always come when you call him?" she asked almost in a whisper.

"Aye, that he will. I…

CHAPTER IV. MARTHA (4)

Note: the whole book is recorded in separate chapters, the audio files we can find here.

She was just thinking this when she saw that, at the end of the path she was following, there seemed to be a long wall, with ivy growing over it. She was not familiar enough with England to know that she was coming upon the kitchen-gardens where the vegetables and fruit were growing. She went toward the wall and found that there was a green door in the ivy, and that it stood open. This was not the closed garden, evidently, and she could go into it.

She went through the door and found that it was a garden with walls all round it and that it was only one of several walled gardens which seemed to open into one another. She saw another open green door, revealing bushes and pathways between beds containing winter vegetables. Fruit-trees were trained flat against the wall, and over some of the beds there were glass frames. The place was bare and ugly enough, Mary thought, as she stood and stared ab…

CHAPTER IV. MARTHA (3)

Note: the whole book is recorded in separate chapters, the audio files we can find here.


Mary had never possessed an animal pet of her own and had always thought she should like one. So she began to feel a slight interest in Dickon, and as she had never before been interested in any one but herself, it was the dawning of a healthy sentiment. When she went into the room which had been made into a nursery for her, she found that it was rather like the one she had slept in. It was not a child's room, but a grown-up person's room, with gloomy old pictures on the walls and heavy old oak chairs. A table in the center was set with a good substantial breakfast. But she had always had a very small appetite, and she looked with something more than indifference at the first plate Martha set before her.

"I don't want it," she said.

"Tha' doesn't want thy porridge!" Martha exclaimed incredulously.

"No."

"Tha' doesn't know how good it is. P…

CHAPTER IV. MARTHA (2)

Note: the whole book is recorded in separate chapters, the audio files we can find here.


"Eh! I can see it's different," she answered almost sympathetically. "I dare say it's because there's such a lot o' blacks there instead o' respectable white people. When I heard you was comin' from India I thought you was a black too."

Mary sat up in bed furious.

"What!" she said. "What! You thought I was a native. You—you daughter of a pig!"

Martha stared and looked hot.

"Who are you callin' names?" she said. "You needn't be so vexed. That's not th' way for a young lady to talk. I've nothin' against th' blacks. When you read about 'em in tracts they're always very religious. You always read as a black's a man an' a brother. I've never seen a black an' I was fair pleased to think I was goin' to see one close. When I come in to light your fire this mornin'…

CHAPTER IV. MARTHA (1)

Note: the whole book is recorded in separate chapters, the audio files we can find here.


CHAPTER IV. MARTHA


When she opened her eyes in the morning it was because a young housemaid had come into her room to light the fire and was kneeling on the hearth-rug raking out the cinders noisily. Mary lay and watched her for a few moments and then began to look about the room. She had never seen a room at all like it and thought it curious and gloomy. The walls were covered with tapestry with a forest scene embroidered on it. There were fantastically dressed people under the trees and in the distance there was a glimpse of the turrets of a castle. There were hunters and horses and dogs and ladies. Mary felt as if she were in the forest with them. Out of a deep window she could see a great climbing stretch of land which seemed to have no trees on it, and to look rather like an endless, dull, purplish sea.

"What is that?" she said, pointing out of the window.

Martha, the young housemaid, …

CHAPTER III. ACROSS THE MOOR (2)

Note: the whole book is recorded in separate chapters, the audio files we can find here.


The carriage lamps shed a yellow light on a rough-looking road which seemed to be cut through bushes and low-growing things which ended in the great expanse of dark apparently spread out before and around them.
A wind was rising and making a singular, wild, low, rushing sound.

"It's--it's not the sea, is it?" said Mary, looking round at her companion.

"No, not it," answered Mrs. Medlock. "Nor it isn't fields nor mountains, it's just miles and miles and miles of wild land that nothing grows on but heather and gorse and broom, and nothing lives on but wild ponies and sheep."

"I feel as if it might be the sea, if there were water on it," said Mary. "It sounds like the sea just now."

"That's the wind blowing through the bushes," Mrs. Medlock said. "It's a wild, dreary enough place to my mind, though there's plenty …

CHAPTER III. ACROSS THE MOOR (1)

Note: the whole book is recorded in separate chapters, the audio files we can find here.

Questions to the Chapter II:Why Mary does not like clergyman’s bungalow?Who is Basil and what does he look likeWho is Mrs. Medlock and what does she look like?In which place Mrs Medlock tells Mary about the Manor?Is Mary interested in Mrs Mardlock’s story?What the Manor looks like from Mrs Mardlock’s story?What is the weather during their journey?What Mary gets to know about her uncle?What kind of queer thoughts come to Mary’s mind?
Some words to repeat from the Chapter II:

Snach, impudent, rockery, snap, storn, hunchback, stony, sallow, good-natured, stout, mantle, bonet, boarding-school, cease, pinch, a trifle, pettish, straggle, discomfit, trailing.


She slept a long time, and when she awakened Mrs. Medlock had bought a lunchbasket at one of the stations and they had some chicken and cold beef and bread and butter and some hot tea. The rain seemed to be streaming down more heavily than ever and eve…