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So Martin consented, and for a year he worked diligently, and served his master faithfully, not sparing himself in any way.
In the middle of the wood he came upon a meadow, where a fire was burning, and in the midst of the fire, surrounded by flames, was a lovely damsel, more beautiful than anything that Martin had ever seen, and when she saw him she called to him:
Truly,' thought Martin to himself, 'it would be more sensible to save a fellow-being's life with this sand than to drag it about on one's back, seeing what a weight it is.
The shattering anguish in his mother's voice startled Martin, stirred within him tumultuous, veiled sensations.
With deepened discomfort, Martin hurried to the creek to water the horses.
He could have lived on the skimmed milk we feed to the pigs," thought Martin.
Only it happens to be a crow in a beech,' said Martin, as the bird flew out.
Very well,' said Martin, sternly; 'I shall go and warn Miss Keith.
Ay, the old Madman has got the best collection in the house, out and out," said Tom; and then Martin, warming with unaccustomed good cheer and the chance of a convert, launched out into a proposed bird-nesting campaign, betraying all manner of important secrets--a golden-crested wren's nest near Butlin's Mound, a moor-hen who was sitting on nine eggs in a pond down the Barby road, and a kingfisher's nest in a corner of the old canal above Brownsover Mill.
The fact was, that Tom's heart had already smitten him for not asking his fidus Achates to the feast, although only an extempore affair; and though prudence and the desire to get Martin and Arthur together alone at first had overcome his scruples, he was now heartily glad to open the door, broach another bottle of beer, and hand over the old ham-knuckle to the searching of his old friend's pocket-knife.
Martin finding himself alone on the floor, got up, and looked about him.
Martin, who, as it has already appeared, was a man of few words, looked at Sam Weller, nodded his head, and growled forth, 'That's the man.