"As to disliking Miss O'Hara, it's more a case of despising; she's beneath my dislike.""Poor darling!" said Olive, in a sympathetic tone. "I thought I'd tell you, Janet, that whatever happened I'd take your part.""I loathe ladylike ways."
Janet sprang from her seat with apparent alacrity.
"How disagreeable! I can't live without flowers. I suppose papa will not expect me to stay if I don't like the place?"The door was opened, and a neatly dressed servant of the name of Marshall entered, bearing a dinner tray.Evelyn gave a very faint sigh, and turning her head looked out of the window.
"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.""This is my panel," said Dorothy, "and these are my own special pet things. I bring out my favorite chair when I want to use it, or to offer it to a guest; I put it back when I have done with it. See these shelves, they hold my afternoon tea set, my books, my paint box, my workbasket, my photographic album—in short, all my dearest treasures."She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good.
"What poor dear young lady?"
"Well, dear, well! half a mile is a figure of speech. That's a way we have in Ireland—we figure of speech everything; it's much more graphic. Now, to go on. I was running up the stairs with my candle, and the wind rushing after me like mad, and the Castle rocking as if it were in an agony, when—— What do you think happened?"
"People will like you here too," she said. "I am certain you are very good-natured; come and let me[Pg 19] show you some of our snug little arrangements in the common room, and then I think it will be time for bed."
"What does Janet mean?" Bridget would whisper to her nearest companion. "Is she saying something awfully clever? I'm sorry that I'm stupid—I don't quite catch her meaning."