"Nothing," replied Janet. "I—I—shall I run out to the front, Mrs. Freeman, and listen if I can hear the carriage? You can hear it a very long way off from the brow of the hill."
"Are you coming, Dorothy?" called Janet May from the end of the passage.[Pg 56]
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Janet turned away, and Olive was obliged to look out for a fresh companion to attach herself to.She sat down presently on the nearest chair and covered her face with her hands. She could only resolve on one thing—she would certainly not yield to Mrs. Freeman's request—nothing would induce her to promise to obey the rules of the school.After two or three applications the injured girl stirred faintly, a shade of color came into her cheeks, and she opened her eyes.
"New girl!" exclaimed Katie, "why, she's about the very oldest girl in the school—the oldest and the nicest. She's the head of the school. We call her our queen. She's not like you, Biddy, of course; but she's very nice—awfully nice!"
But plain as Evelyn undoubtedly was, no one who knew her long ever remarked about her appearance, or gave a second thought to the fact that she could lay small claim to physical beauty.
"Yes, my love, or she would not be returning."
"You deny that she's weak," repeated Janet. "I wonder what your idea of strength is, Olive."
"How can I possibly guess?"