But Ashurst had become absent. "God bless us all, and Mr. Ashes!" And puzzled by that sudden inaccessibility, Nick ran back to the stream where the giggling and shouts again uprose at once.
When Megan brought his tea, he said:
"What's the gipsy bogle, Megan?"
"Surely you don't believe in ghosts?"
"Of course you won't. There aren't such things. What old Jim saw was a pony."
"No! There are bogies in the rocks; they are the men who lived long ago."
"They aren't gipsies, anyway; those old men were dead long before gipsies came."
She said simply: "They are all bad."