Instead of wanting to know how he was, she desired to know where he was! I pointed towards the back dining- room, which had been made into a bedroom for Philip. He had chosen it himself, because the window opened into the garden, and he could slip out and smoke at any hour of the day or night, when he pleased.
"Who is with him now?" was the next strange thing this sadly-changed girl said to me.
" Maria is taking her turn," I answered; "she assists in nursing Philip."
"Where is-----?" Euneece got no farther than that. Her breath quickened, her color faded away. I had seen people look as she was looking now, when they suffered under some sudden pain. Before I could offer to help her, she rallied, and went on: "Where," she began again, "is the other nurse?"
"You mean Helena?" I said
"I mean the Poisoner."
When I remind you, dear Mr. Governor, that my letter had carefully concealed from her the horrible discovery made by the doctor, your imagination will picture my state of mind. She saw that I was overpowered. Her sweet nature, so strangely frozen up thus far, melted at least. "You don't know what I have heard." she said, "you don't know what thoughts have been roused in me." She left her chair and sat on my knee with the familiarity of the clear old times, and took the letter that I had written to her from her pocket.
"Look at it yourself," she said, "and tell me if anybody could read it and not see that you were concealing something. My dear, I have driven round by the doctor's house--I have seen him--I have persuaded him, or perhaps I ought to say surprised him, into telling me the truth. But the kind old man is obstinate. He wouldn't believe me when I told him I was on my way here to save Philip's life. He said: 'My child, you will only put your own life in jeopardy. If I had not seen that danger, I should never have told you of the dreadful state of things at home. Go back to the good people at the farm, and leave the saving of Philip to me.'"
"He was right, Euneece, entirely right."
"No, dear, he was wrong. I begged him to come here, and judge for himself; and I ask you to do the same."
I was obstinate. "Go back!" I persisted. "Go back to the farm!"