"Well," said Janet, "if you insist on spoiling everything, girls, you must. You know what Evelyn is."[Pg 66]
"Yes, but at what?"
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.
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"O Dolly," they exclaimed, running up to their favorite, "she has come—we have seen her! She is very tall, and—and——"
"You shall see the girls one at a time in your room, darling, for whether you feel well or not, the doctor wishes you to remain quiet to-day.""She has been ill, Biddy," said Violet. "Evelyn has been ill, but she is better now; she's coming back to-night. We are all glad, for we all love her."She had not passed a pleasant morning, however, and this plan scarcely commended itself to her."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."
"Are you going to be cross when you find I don't know your sort of things?"In consequence she was popular, with that mild sort of popularity which is bestowed upon the people who are all patience and have no faculty for inspiring fear."I never knew before that I had an enemy," said Janet, in her guarded voice.
Uncharitable talk about others ceased when Evelyn drew near. Selfishness slunk away ashamed.
"As to disliking Miss O'Hara, it's more a case of despising; she's beneath my dislike."
"I don't agree with you," answered Olive. "Strength shows itself in many forms. Miss O'Hara is pretty."