She did not attempt to rise to her feet, however, and Mrs. Freeman was far too much absorbed to take any further notice of her."I want us to utilize our opportunities," said Janet. "We have a few minutes all to ourselves to discuss the[Pg 7] Fancy Fair, and we fritter it away on that tiresome new girl.""But why will you dislike our dear Evelyn?"
Small girls are easily influenced, and Bridget and her tribe rushed down the avenue, shouting and whooping as they went.
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She was beginning to collect her somewhat scattered thoughts, when the door was opened suddenly, and, to her surprise, Mrs. Freeman came into the room.
"My dear," she said, "I cannot grant your request. You have been sent to me by your father. He wishes you to stay here as long as you are well in body. You are quite well, Bridget; you must therefore make up your mind, whether you like school or whether you hate it, to remain here until the end of the term.""We won't discuss the whys nor the wherefores; the fact remains that I do dislike her."
[Pg 23]"Are you going to be cross when you find I don't know your sort of things?"Bridget stood by the window, but she heard none of these soothing sounds. Her spoilt, childish heart was in the most open state of rebellion and revolt.
After two or three applications the injured girl stirred faintly, a shade of color came into her cheeks, and she opened her eyes.