"Come along, Pearl," said she, drawing her away. "Come and look into this fair garden. It may be, we shall see flowers there; more beautiful ones than we find in the woods."
Pearl, accordingly, ran to the bow-window
, at the farther end of the hall, and looked along the vista
of a garden-walk, carpeted
with closely shaven grass, and bordered with some rude and immature attempt at shrubbery
. But the proprietor appeared already to have relinquished
, as hopeless, the effort to perpetuate
on this side of the Atlantic, in a hard soil and amid the close struggle for subsistence, the native English taste for ornamental
gardening. Cabbages grew in plain sight; and a pumpkin vine, rooted at some distance, had run across the intervening space, and deposited one of its gigantic products directly beneath the hall-window; as if to warn the Governor that this great lump of vegetable gold was as rich an ornament as New England earth would offer him. There were a few rose-bushes, however, and a number of apple-trees, probably the descendants of those planted by the Reverend Mr. Blackstone, the first settler of the peninsula
; that half mythological
personage, who rides through our early annals
, seated on the back of a bull.
Pearl, seeing the rose-bushes, began to cry for a red rose, and would not be pacified
"Hush, child, hush!" said her mother earnestly. "Do not cry, dear little Pearl! I hear voices in the garden. The Governor is coming, and gentlemen along with him!"
In fact, adown
the vista of the garden avenue, a number of persons were seen approaching towards the house. Pearl, in utter scorn
of her mother's attempt to quiet her, gave an eldritch
scream, and then became silent; not from any notion of obedience
, but because the quick and mobile curiosity of her disposition was excited by the appearance of these new personages.