It was true , too .
She 2 had a little thin face and a little thin body , thin light hair and a sour expression .
Her 2 hair was yellow , and
her 2 face was yellow because
she 2 had been born in
India 7 and had always been ill in one way or another .
had held a position under
the English Government 9 and had always been busy and ill
himself 8 , and had been a great beauty who cared only to go to parties and amuse
herself 10 with
gay people 11 .
She 10 had not wanted
a little girl 56 at all , and when
Mary 2 was born
she 10 handed
her 2 over to the care of
an Ayah , who was made to understand that if
wished to please
the Mem Sahib 10
the child 2
out of sight as much as possible 12
she 2 was
a sickly , fretful , ugly little baby 61
she 2 was kept out of the way , and when
she 2 became
a sickly , fretful , toddling thing 62
she 2 was kept out of the way also .
She 2 never remembered seeing familiarly anything but the dark faces of and
the other native servants 13 , and as
they 13 always obeyed
her 2 and gave
her 2 own way in everything , because
the Mem Sahib 10 would be angry if
she 10 was disturbed by
her 2 crying , by the time
she 2 was six years old
she 2 was
as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived 63 .
The young English governess who came to teach
to read and write 14
her 2 so much that
she 14 gave up
her 14 place in three months , and when
other governesses 15 came to try to fill it
they 15 always went away in a shorter time than
the first one 14 .
Mary 2 had not chosen to really want to know how to read books
she 2 would never have learned
her 2 letters at all .
One frightfully hot morning , when
she 2 was about nine years old ,
she 2 awakened feeling very cross , and
she 2 became crosser still when
she 2 saw that
was not .
the servant who stood by
" Why did
you 0 come ? "
she 2 said to
the strange woman 0 .
I 2 will not let
you 0 stay .
me 2 . "
The woman 0 looked frightened , but
she 0 only stammered that
the Ayah 12 could not come and when
Mary 2 threw
herself 2 into a passion and beat and kicked
her 2 ,
she 0 looked only more frightened and repeated that it was not possible for
the Ayah 12 to come to
Missie Sahib 2 .
There was something mysterious in the air that morning .
Nothing was done in its regular order and
seemed missing , while those whom
the native servants 13 16
Mary 2 saw slunk or hurried about with ashy and scared faces .
no one 17 would tell
her 2 anything and did not come .
She 2 was actually left alone as the morning went on , and at last
she 2 wandered out into
the garden 18 and began to play by
herself 2 under a tree near
the veranda 19 .
She 2 pretended that
she 2 was making a flower-bed , and
she 2 stuck big scarlet hibiscus blossoms into little heaps of earth , all the time growing more and more angry and muttering to
herself 2 the things
she 2 would say and the names
she 2 would call
Saidie 12 when
she 12 returned .
" Pig !
Daughter of Pigs 20 ! "
she 2 said , because to call
a native 21 a pig is the worst insult of all .
She 2 was grinding
her 2 teeth and saying this over and over again when
she 2 heard come out on
the veranda 19 with
some one 22 .
She 2 was with
a fair young man 22 and
they 23 stood talking together in low strange voices .
the fair young man who looked like
a boy 24 22
She 2 had heard that
he 22 was
a very young officer who had just come from
England 25 64
The child 2 stared at
him 22 , but
she 2 stared most at .
She 2 always did this when
she 2 had a chance to see
her 10 , because
the Mem Sahib 10 --
Mary 2 used to call
her 10 that oftener than anything else -- was such
a tall , slim , pretty person 65 and wore such lovely clothes .
Her 10 hair was like curly silk and
she 10 had a delicate little nose which seemed to be disdaining things , and
she 10 had large laughing eyes .
her 10 clothes were thin and floating , and
Mary 2 said they were " full of lace . "
They looked fuller of lace than ever this morning , but
her 10 eyes were not laughing at all .
They were large and scared and lifted imploringly to
the fair boy officer 22 's face .
" Is it so very bad ?
Oh , is it ? "
Mary 2 heard
her 10 say .
" Awfully , "
the young man 22 answered in a trembling voice .
" Awfully ,
Mrs. Lennox 10 .
You 10 ought to have gone to
the hills 26 two weeks ago . "
The Mem Sahib 10 wrung
her 10 hands .
" Oh ,
I 10 know
I 10 ought ! "
she 10 cried .
I 10 only stayed to go to that silly dinner party .
a fool 66
I 10 was ! "
At that very moment such a loud sound of wailing broke out from
the servants 13
' quarters 27
she 10 clutched
the young man 22 's arm , and
Mary 2 stood shivering from head to foot .
The wailing grew wilder and wilder .
" What is it ?
What is it ? "
Mrs. Lennox 10 gasped .
Some one 28 has died , " answered
the boy officer 22 .
You 22 did not say it had broken out among . "
I 10 did not know ! "
the Mem Sahib 10 cried .
" Come with
me 10 !
me 10 ! " and
she 10 turned and ran into
the house 1 .
After that , appalling things happened , and the mysteriousness of the morning was explained to
Mary 2 .
The cholera had broken out in its most fatal form and
people 42 were dying like flies .
The Ayah 12 had been taken ill in the night , and it was because
she 12 had just died that
the servants 13 had wailed in
the huts 27 .
Before the next day
three other servants 29 were dead and others had run away in terror .
There was panic on every side , and
dying people 30 in all
the bungalows 31 .
During the confusion and bewilderment of the second day
Mary 2 hid
herself 2 in
the nursery 32 and was forgotten by
everyone 33 .
Nobody 34 thought of
her 2 ,
nobody 35 wanted
her 2 , and strange things happened of which
she 2 knew nothing .
Mary alternately cried and slept through the hours .
She 2 only knew that
people 42 were ill and that
she 2 heard mysterious and frightening sounds .
she 2 crept into
the dining-room 36 and found
it 36 empty , though a partly finished meal was on the table and chairs and plates looked as if they had been hastily pushed back when
the diners 37 rose suddenly for some reason .
The child 2 ate some fruit and biscuits , and being thirsty
she 2 drank a glass of wine which stood nearly filled .
It was sweet , and
she 2 did not know how strong it was .
Very soon it made
her 2 intensely drowsy , and
she 2 went back to and shut
herself 2 in again , frightened by cries
she 2 heard in
the huts 27 and by the hurrying sound of feet .
The wine made
her 2 so sleepy that
she 2 could scarcely keep
her 2 eyes open and
she 2 lay down on
her 2 bed and knew nothing more for a long time .
Many things happened during the hours in which
she 2 slept so heavily , but
she 2 was not disturbed by the wails and the sound of things being carried in and out of
the bungalow 1 .
she 2 awakened
she 2 lay and stared at the wall .
The house 1 was perfectly still .
She 2 had never known
it 1 to be so silent before .
She 2 heard neither voices nor footsteps , and wondered if
everybody 6 had got well of the cholera and all the trouble was over .
She 2 wondered also who would take care of
her 2 now was dead .
There would be
a new Ayah 38 , and perhaps
she 38 would know some new stories .
Mary 2 had been rather tired of the old ones .
She 2 did not cry because had died .
She 2 was not
an affectionate child 58 and had never cared much for
any one 39 .
The noise and hurrying about and wailing over the cholera had frightened
her 2 , and
she 2 had been angry because
no one 40 seemed to remember that
she 2 was alive .
Everyone 6 was too panic-stricken to think of
a little girl
no one 41
was fond of 2
people 42 had the cholera it seemed that
they 42 remembered nothing but
themselves 42 .
everyone 6 had got well again , surely
some one 59 would remember and come to look for
her 2 .
no one 43 came , and as
she 2 lay waiting
the house 1 seemed to grow more and more silent .
She 2 heard something rustling on the matting and when
she 2 looked down
she 2 saw a little snake gliding along and watching
her 2 with eyes like jewels .
She 2 was not frightened , because he was a harmless little thing who would not hurt
her 2 and he seemed in a hurry to get out of
the room 32 .
He slipped under the door as
she 2 watched him .
" How queer and quiet it is , "
she 2 said .
" It sounds as if there were
no one 44 in
the bungalow 1 but
me 2 and the snake . "
Almost the next minute
she 2 heard footsteps in
the compound 45 , and then on
the veranda 19 .
men 46 's footsteps , and
the men 46 entered
the bungalow 1 and talked in low voices .
No one 47 went to meet or speak to
them 46 and
they 46 seemed to open doors and look into
rooms 48 .
" What desolation ! "
she 2 heard one voice say .
That pretty , pretty woman 10 !
I 49 suppose
the child 2 , too .
I 49 heard there was
a child 50 , though
no one 51 ever saw
her 2 . "
Mary 2 was standing in the middle of
the nursery 32 when
they 46 opened the door a few minutes later .
She 2 looked
an ugly , cross little thing 67 and was frowning because
she 2 was beginning to be hungry and feel disgracefully neglected .
The first man who came in 52 was
a large officer
had once seen talking to 68
He 52 looked tired and troubled , but when
he 52 saw
he 52 was so startled that
he 2 almost jumped back .
Barney 53 ! "
he 52 cried out .
" There is
a child 2
here 32 !
A child 2 alone !
a place like this 1 !
us 46 , who is
she 2 ! "
I 2 am
Mary Lennox 2 , "
the little girl 2 said , drawing
herself 2 up stiffly .
She 2 thought
the man 52 was very rude to call "
A place like this 54 ! "
I 2 fell asleep when
everyone 6 had the cholera and
I 2 have only just wakened up .
nobody 55 come ? "
" It is
! " exclaimed
no one 57
ever saw 2
the man 52 , turning to .
She 2 has actually been forgotten ! "