Just then young Aaron came out from behind his mother’s chair,
and Silas offered him one of Dolly’s cakes.
‘Oh Aaron! ‘said his mother. ‘You’re always eating!
No, don’t give him any more, Master Marner.
But he can sing a song for you. I’m sure you’ll like it.
It’s a beautiful Christmas carol. Come, Aaron, let’s hear it. ‘
Little Aaron stood up straight and sang his carol in a clear, sweet voice.
Dolly listened with delight, hoping that the carol would help to persuade Silas to come to church.
‘You see, Master Marner, ‘she said when Aaron had finished, ‘that’s Christmas music.
The Christmas Day service is wonderful, with all the voices and the music.
I hope you’ll be there with us.
And remember, if you feel ill, I’ll be happy to come and cook or clean for you.
But I beg you, please stop weaving on Sundays.
It’s bad for soul and body, I’m sure. We must go now. Goodbye, Master Marner. ‘