Chapter 24: The Lady Anne, or a Runaway Horse
There was a great deal of hurry and excitement after the news became known.
I was just turned into my box; the saddle and bridle were taken off,
and a cloth thrown over me.
Ginger was saddled and sent off in great haste for Lord George,
and I soon heard the carriage roll out of the yard.
It seemed a long time before Ginger came back, and before we were left alone;
and then she told me all that she had seen.
"I can't tell much," she said. "We went a gallop nearly all the way,
and got there just as the doctor rode up. There was a woman
sitting on the ground with the lady's head in her lap.
The doctor poured something into her mouth, but all that I heard was,
`She is not dead.' Then I was led off by a man to a little distance.
After awhile she was taken to the carriage, and we came home together.
I heard my master say to a gentleman who stopped him to inquire,
that he hoped no bones were broken, but that she had not spoken yet."
When Lord George took Ginger for hunting, York shook his head;
he said it ought to be a steady hand to train a horse for the first season,
and not a random rider like Lord George.
Ginger used to like it very much, but sometimes when she came back
I could see that she had been very much strained, and now and then
she gave a short cough. She had too much spirit to complain,
but I could not help feeling anxious about her.
Two days after the accident Blantyre paid me a visit;
he patted me and praised me very much; he told Lord George that he was sure
the horse knew of Annie's danger as well as he did. "I could not have
held him in if I would," said he, "she ought never to ride any other horse."
I found by their conversation that my young mistress was now out of danger,
and would soon be able to ride again. This was good news to me
and I looked forward to a happy life.