Hampden was very haunted and though the servants were strictly forbidden to speak to the children about such things, they knew that there was something odd about it. Annabel Jackson used to dream about bears and he was always thinking that there were bears either under or sitting on his bed. The part that dreams play in the life of an imaginative child is now known to be very important. But then, whenever one spoke of dreams one was told not to be a silly girl and never to bore people by recounting one's visions. A small child is so helpless and overwhelmed. Perhaps the greatest moment in its life is when the child suddenly realizes that it can stand up against the objects animate and inanimate which till then have been too much for it.