"Now, my dear child, will you come into the house with me? I ought to be in the schoolroom now.""Now, my dear, you are not going to plead for her. I must manage her my own way. I will leave you now, Evelyn. Rest all you can, dear, and if you are very good you may perhaps be allowed to join us at supper."A slight additional color came into Miss Percival's cheeks.
"The dogs?" asked Dorothy, interested in spite of herself.
"Cross-patch!" murmured Violet, turning her back on Janet. "Come, Marion; come, Pauline, we won't tell her any more. We'll tell you, Dolly, of course, but we won't tell Janet. Come, Marion, let's go.""I cannot go, Bridget. Mrs. Freeman would not give me leave, and she would be only annoyed at my making such a foolish proposition.""There, thank Heaven, I haven't killed her!" exclaimed Bridget.She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good.
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"Oh, I'll come to that by and by; now about Miss O'Hara. Janet, I deny that she's weak."
The next morning, after breakfast, Mrs. Freeman went upstairs to sit with her favorite Evelyn.Alice, Violet, and several more of the little girls were running and tumbling up the grassy slope.[Pg 49] The moment they saw Mrs. Freeman they ran to her.
They were both undressing when she entered the room this evening, but the moment she appeared they rushed to her and began an eager torrent of words.
There was a spirit that shone out of those gray eyes, and lent sweetness to that mouth, which was in itself so beautiful that it radiated all over Evelyn, and gave her that strong fascination which those who are striving heavenward ever possess.
A sense of disappointment was over them all, for the new girl upon whom their present thoughts were centered had not put in an appearance—nothing was said about her—Mrs. Freeman looked as tranquil as usual, Miss Patience as white and anxious, Miss Delicia as good-natured and downy.
Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.