The Quest of the Silver Fleece
Eleven: The Flowering Of The Fleece
"Zora," observed Miss Smith, "it's a great blessing not to need spectacles, isn't it?"
Zora thought that it was; but she was wondering just what spectacles had to do with the
complaint she had brought to the office from Miss Taylor.
"I'm always losing my glasses and they get dirty and—Oh, dear! now where is that
Zora pointed silently to the complaint.
"No, not that—another paper. It must be in my room. Don't you want to come up and
help me look?"
They went up to the clean, bare room, with its white iron bed, its cool, spotless shades
and shining windows. Zora walked about softly and looked, while Miss Smith quietly
searched on desk and bureau, paying no attention to the girl. For the time being she was
"I sometimes wish," she began at length, "I had a bright-eyed girl like you to help me find
and place things."
Zora made no comment.
"Sometimes Bles helps me," added Miss Smith, guilefully.
Zora looked sharply at her. "Could I help?" she asked, almost timidly.
"Why, I don't know,"—the answer was deliberate. "There are one or two little things
Placing a hand gently upon Zora's shoulder, she pointed out a few odd tasks, and left the
girl busily doing them; then she returned to the office, and threw Miss Taylor's complaint
into the waste-basket.
For a week or more Zora slipped in every day and performed the little tasks that Miss
Smith laid out: she sorted papers, dusted the bureau, hung a curtain; she did not do the
things very well, and she broke some china, but she worked earnestly and quickly, and
there was no thought of pay. Then, too, did not Bles praise her with a happy smile, as
together, day after day, they stood and watched the black dirt where the Silver Fleece lay
planted? She dreamed and sang over that dark field, and again and again appealed to him:
"S'pose it shouldn't come up after all?" And he would laugh and say that of course it
would come up.