Hence as Tess stirred the clods and sang her foolish little songs with scarce now a hope that Clare would ever hear them, she did not for a long time notice the person who worked nearest to her--a man in a long smockfrock who, she found, was forking
the same plot as herself, and whom she supposed her father had sent there to advance the work.
AFTER JOLLY ROBIN had left Little John at the forking
of the roads, he walked merrily onward in the mellow sunshine that shone about him.
It was with difficulty that he kept the trail, for there were many paths through the jungle at this point--crossing and crisscrossing, forking
and branching in all directions, and over them all had passed natives innumerable, coming and going.
He came upon an old woman forking
manure in the barnyard, and reined in by the fence.