One Sunday night, toward the end of Lent, Mrs. Lander had another of her attacks; she now began to call them so as if she had established an ownership in them. It came on from her cumulative over-eating, again, but the doctor was not so smiling as he had been with regard to the first. Clementina had got ready to drive out to Miss Milray’s for one of her Sunday teas, but she put off her things, and prepared to spend the night at Mrs. Lander’s bedside. “Well, I should think you would want to,” said the sufferer. “I’m goin’ to do everything for you, and you’d ought to be willing to give up one of youa junketin’s for me. I’m sure I don’t know what you see in ’em, anyway.”
“Oh, I am willing, Mrs. Lander; I’m glad I hadn’t stahted before it began.” Clementina busied herself with the pillows under Mrs. Lander’s dishevelled head, and the bedclothes disordered by her throes, while Mrs. Lander went on.
“I don’t see what’s the use of so much gaddin’, anyway. I don’t see as anything comes of it, but just to get a passal of wo’thless fellas afta you that think you’a going to have money. There’s such a thing as two sides to everything, and if the favas is goin’ to be all on one side I guess there’d betta be a clear undastandin’ about it. I think I got a right to a little attention, as well as them that ha’n’t done anything; and if I’m goin’ to be left alone he’e to die among strangers every time one of my attacks comes on—”
The doctor interposed, “I don’t think you’re going to have a very bad attack, this time, Mrs. Lander.”
“Oh, thank you, thank you, docta! But you can undastand, can’t you, how I shall want to have somebody around that can undastand a little English?”
The doctor said, “Oh yes. And Miss Claxon and I can understand a good deal, between us, and we’re going to stay, and see how a little morphine behaves with you.”