see Miss Poppy," he said. "I've got something for her, as that there
furrin chap down to Edless was bringing along. I met un at the gate and
told un I'd take it in for him as I was coming in," and he laid a neat
white parcel on the table beside the astonished little maid. "For me!"
she cried, looking all round the table, wide-eyed with excitement. "Are
you _sure_ it's for me, Ephraim?" she asked, as she began to undo the
pretty ribbons which tied the parcel--rose-colour ribbons like that in
her hair. The excitement of all very nearly equalled hers, and when she
lifted out of the soft white paper a beautiful silk-fringed sash of the
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