Mrs. Freeman and Miss Patience had driven away in a very smart carriage with a pair of horses to meet her."No, not very. The younger girls were fond of me, and Dorothy Collingwood was nice."
"We won't discuss the whys nor the wherefores; the fact remains that I do dislike her."
"Now, how old would you think? Just you give a guess. Let me stand in front of you, so that you can take a squint at me. Now, then—oh, I say, stop a minute, I see some more girls coming in. Come along, girls, and help Miss May to guess my age. Now, then, now then, I wonder who'll be right? How you do all stare! I feel uncommonly as if I'd like to dance the Irish jig!""Oh, lor, miss, you're too good, but there's that bell again; I must run this minute.""Bridget, you are talking a great deal of nonsense," said Dorothy, "and I for one am not going to listen to you. We are much too sensible to believe in ghost stories here, and there is no use in your trying to frighten us. Good-by, all of you; I am off to the house!"
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"Here, Miss O'Hara," she said good-naturedly, "here's a lovely slice of lamb; and I saved some peas for you. Them young ladies always do make a rush on the peas, but I secured some in time. I'll bring you some cherry tart presently, miss, and some whipped cream. You eat a good dinner, miss, and forget your[Pg 67] troubles; oh, dear! I don't like to see young ladies in punishment—and that I don't!""I think I understand you, Dorothy," said Mrs. Freeman. "Kiss me!"
The children disappeared in as frantic haste to be off as they were a few minutes ago to arrive.
"I don't think I shall like school," she said, "but I'll do anything you wish me to do, dearest Dorothy."