CHAPTER V. BREAKING IN A WILD COLT."Yes, I will love you," she replied; "but please go to bed now, dear. You really will get into trouble if you don't, and it seems such a pity that you should begin your school life in disgrace."
Marshall reappeared with the asparagus and cherry tart.
"Yes, my dear, what is it?"Janet turned away, and Olive was obliged to look out for a fresh companion to attach herself to.
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"Oh, I declare, the little dear is huffed about something! Well, then, I'll tell. I'll be fifteen in exactly a month from now! What do you say to that? I'm well grown, am I not, Janet?"
The period at which this story begins was the middle of the summer term. There were no half-term holidays at the Court, but somehow the influence of holiday time had already got into the air. The young girls had tired themselves out with play, and the older ones lay about in hammocks, or strolled in twos or[Pg 2] threes up and down the wide gravel walk which separated the house from the gardens.
She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good.
Mrs. Freeman could scarcely restrain her impatience.