[Pg 12]"No. You are to take off that unsuitable afternoon costume you are now wearing, and put on a neat print dress for your morning work."
"What is it, my dear?" The head mistress drew herself slightly up, and looked in some surprise at her pupil.
Her eyes were of that peculiar, very dark, very deep blue, which seems to be an Irish girl's special gift. Her eyelashes were thick and black, her complexion a fresh white and pink, her chestnut hair grew in thick, curly abundance all over her well-shaped head. Her beautifully cut lips wore a petulant but charming expression. There was a provocative, almost teasing, self-confidence about her, which to certain minds only added to her queer fascination.
Notwithstanding her vehement words, some decided pangs of hunger seized her as she saw the tempting food, She remembered, however, that in the old novels heroines in distress had never any appetite, and she resolved to die rather than touch food while she was treated in so disgraceful a manner.She was not present, however, and did not, indeed, put in an appearance in the breakfast room until the meal was half over.
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CHAPTER I. CURIOSITY."Hadn't they got leave to come to meet me?"
She had to own to herself that Bridget had proved a very irritating companion. She would take her part, of course; but she felt quite certain at the same time that she was going to be a trial to her. As she stood by her window now, however, a little picture of the scene which the Irish girl had described so vividly presented itself with great distinctness before Dorothy's eyes.
"Don't do that, Bridget," said Miss Patience; "you are disturbing me."
"But, my dear child, our hearts are not cold. I assure you, Bridget, I am most anxious to win your love, and so also is Dorothy Collingwood."