to come back, Ger? It isn't very kind to say that.'
'Yeth, it is', said Ger, 'it's 'cos I want her to stay here. I like Mith Mouse.'
This made Rosamond smile through the tears which had nearly dried up already.
'I am glad of that,' said Aunt Mattie. 'For I want you all to be very kind to Rosamond, and make up to her for her papa and mamma being away.'
'Does she mind so much?' said Hec, poking his curly head very close under the grey bonnet. 'I don't think I would--not so very much.'
''Cos you've got no feelings,' said Archie, pulling him back, 'and you're as rude as rude too. I say, Miss Mouse,' he went on, 'would you like to come out and see some of the animals?'
'What?' said Rosamond; 'do you mean Noah's Ark animals?'
Justin and Pat, though Pat was again in his corner with a book, both began to laugh, and Archie's indignation was now turned on them.
'You're ruder than Hec,' he said, ''cos he's little and you're big.'
'None of your impertinence,'