Chapter 21: The Parting
"No, sir; I have made up my mind that if I could get a situation
with some first-rate colt-breaker and horse-trainer, it would be
the right thing for me. Many young animals are frightened and spoiled
by wrong treatment, which need not be if the right man took them in hand.
I always get on well with horses, and if I could help some of them
to a fair start I should feel as if I was doing some good.
What do you think of it, sir?"
"I don't know a man anywhere," said master, "that I should think
so suitable for it as yourself. You understand horses,
and somehow they understand you, and in time you might set up for yourself;
I think you could not do better. If in any way I can help you, write to me.
I shall speak to my agent in London, and leave your character with him."
Master gave John the name and address, and then he thanked him
for his long and faithful service; but that was too much for John.
"Pray, don't, sir, I can't bear it; you and my dear mistress have done
so much for me that I could never repay it. But we shall never forget you,
sir, and please God, we may some day see mistress back again like herself;
we must keep up hope, sir." Master gave John his hand, but he did not speak,
and they both left the stable.
The last sad day had come; the footman and the heavy luggage had gone off
the day before, and there were only master and mistress and her maid.
Ginger and I brought the carriage up to the hall door for the last time.
The servants brought out cushions and rugs and many other things;
and when all were arranged master came down the steps carrying the mistress
in his arms (I was on the side next to the house, and could see
all that went on); he placed her carefully in the carriage,
while the house servants stood round crying.
"Good-by, again," he said; "we shall not forget any of you," and he got in.
"Drive on, John."
Joe jumped up, and we trotted slowly through the park
and through the village, where the people were standing at their doors
to have a last look and to say, "God bless them."