"But now I got a boy to help me with all the chores I used to do," Gramps said.
There was a short silence and Gramps finished, "He thought it was 'nother orphan."
Evidently as brisk as he had been in the early morning, Gramps bounced from his chair.
Something in Gramps' voice turned Gram's frown into a smile.
Actually, as Gramps had explained, it was not only fair, it was wise to harvest some creatures.
"We didn't get him," Gramps said, but if he was disappointed he did not show it.
"Think, boy, and quit calling me sir," Gramps said impatiently.
Then, apparently forgetting what he intended to say, Gramps let the door close.
Then Gramps sat at the head of the table and Gram at the foot.
Gramps looked at him oddly, but Bud was too surprised and delighted to notice.