Mary Gray, an overworked, underfed child, rescues Lady Anne Hamilton's dog and is adopted as a companion by her ladyship. After a number of years Lady Anne dies, and Mary faces the world and earns enough to support herself and her step-brothers and sisters. Sir Robin Drummond, who is engaged to his cousin Nelly, is in love with Mary, while Nelly also is in love with someone else, but all is satisfactorily straightened in the end.
young and kind-looking, but more careworn than his youth warranted. He opened the garden gate and went up to Lady Anne.
"Is this your little dog, madam?" he asked.
"My Fifine, my darling!" cried Lady Anne, embracing the trembling bit of wool. "You don't know what she is to me, sir. My little grandson"--the imperious old voice shook--"loved the dog. She was his pet. The child is dead. You understand----"
"Perfectly," said the doctor. "I, too--I know what loss is. The little dog strayed. She was found in the High Road. I am very glad to restore her to you; but pray do not thank me. There is a young girl in my carriage at the gate. She picked up your dog from under the wheels of a tramcar, and broke her arm, I fear, in doing it. I am on my way to the hospital, the House of Mercy, where I am doing work for a friend who is on holiday. I am taking her with me so that I may set the arm where I have all the appliances."
"She saved my Fifine? Heroic child! Let me thank her."
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