Book Excerpt: than an hour she had traversed a distance of four miles, andarrived at a latticed cottage in a secluded spot. An elderly woman, scarce awake, answered her knocking. Margery delivered up thebutter, and said, 'How is granny this morning? I can't stay to go upto her, but tell her I have returned what we owed her.'Her grandmother was no worse than usual: and receiving back theempty basket the girl proceeded to carry out some intention which hadnot been included in her orders. Instead of returning to the lightlabours of skimming-time, she hastened on, her direction beingtowards a little neighbouring town. Before, however, Margery hadproceeded far, she met the postman, laden to the neck with letter-bags, of which he had not yet deposited one.'Are the shops open yet, Samuel?' she said.'O no, ' replied that stooping pedestrian, not waiting to standupright. 'They won't be open yet this hour, except the saddler andironmonger and little tacker-haired machine-man for the farm folk.They downRead Mo.