21. CHAPTER XXI
The next morning, when Silas and Eppie were seated at their
breakfast, he said to her--
"Eppie, there's a thing I've had on my mind to do this two year,
and now the money's been brought back to us, we can do it. I've
been turning it over and over in the night, and I think we'll set
out to-morrow, while the fine days last. We'll leave the house and
everything for your godmother to take care on, and we'll make a
little bundle o' things and set out."
"Where to go, daddy?" said Eppie, in much surprise.
"To my old country--to the town where I was born--up Lantern
Yard. I want to see Mr. Paston, the minister: something may ha'
come out to make 'em know I was innicent o' the robbery. And
Mr. Paston was a man with a deal o' light--I want to speak to him
about the drawing o' the lots. And I should like to talk to him
about the religion o' this country-side, for I partly think he
doesn't know on it."
Eppie was very joyful, for there was the prospect not only of wonder
and delight at seeing a strange country, but also of coming back to
tell Aaron all about it. Aaron was so much wiser than she was about
most things--it would be rather pleasant to have this little
advantage over him. Mrs. Winthrop, though possessed with a dim fear
of dangers attendant on so long a journey, and requiring many
assurances that it would not take them out of the region of
carriers' carts and slow waggons, was nevertheless well pleased that
Silas should revisit his own country, and find out if he had been
cleared from that false accusation.
"You'd be easier in your mind for the rest o' your life, Master
Marner," said Dolly--"that you would. And if there's any light
to be got up the yard as you talk on, we've need of it i' this
world, and I'd be glad on it myself, if you could bring it back."