"Oh, let me look; do let me look!" cried Ruth, while Olive and Janet both pressed eagerly forward."And what's the darling's name?" asked Bridget.
[Pg 66]Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.
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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.
"I think you must mean Dorothy Collingwood," said Janet in her clear, cold English voice. "May I ask if you have ever been at school before, Miss O'Hara?""You were not miserable yesterday.""Yes, what a loud, metallic sound! We have such a dear old eight-day clock at the Castle; it's said to be quite a hundred years old, and I'm certain it's haunted. My dear Dolly, to hear that clock boom forth the hour at midnight would make the stoutest heart quail."
"I'd make it up if I was you, miss," she said.
"Don't do that, Bridget," said Miss Patience; "you are disturbing me."