“Is that old Pansy barging about the lower pasture now?’
‘No,’ said Mrs Vincey, listening. ‘It sounds more like a horse being galloped middlin’ quick through the woods; but there’s no road there. I reckon it’s one of Gleason’s colts loose. Shall I see you up to the house, Miss Una?’
‘Gracious, no! thank you. What’s going to hurt me?’ said Una
This is from “Marklake Witches” in Rewards and Fairies.
Una, through Puck’s magic, has just been talking to a lively young woman from Napoleonic times. Neither she nor Una knew that she was dying of consumption, but it is plain to the reader.
The accompanying poem is “The Way through the Woods”, a ghost story.