Uncharitable talk about others ceased when Evelyn drew near. Selfishness slunk away ashamed.
"And so do I"—"And I"—cried both Ruth and Olive."I know we've all been awfully naughty, but we didn't think Caspar would mind the boughs. He turned sharp round and something happened to the wheels of the carriage—and—and—oh, Mrs. Freeman, do come. I think Evelyn must be dead, she's lying so still."
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"And there's such a fuss made about her, too," interrupted Olive. "A carriage and pair sent to meet her, forsooth, and a separate room for the darling to sleep in. It was good-natured of you to stay with her, Dolly;[Pg 25] I assure you Ruth, and Janet, and I could not have borne another moment of her society."
An audible titter was heard down the table, and Mrs. Freeman turned somewhat red."Pardon me for disturbing you," she said; "I did not know anyone was in the schoolroom at present."
"And you also dislike poor Bridget? I can't imagine why you take such strong prejudices."
This morning Bridget had been practically "sent to Coventry." Even Dorothy was cold in her manner to her. The small children who had hung upon her words and followed her with delight the evening before, were now too frightened at the consequences of their own daring to come near her. Janet, Ruth, and Olive had shown their disapproval by marked avoidance and covert sneers. Bridget had done a very naughty act, and the school thought it well to show its displeasure.