[Pg 23]"Oh, she's telling a story," whispered Olive under her breath. She settled herself contentedly to listen.
Ruth and Olive slept in the back part of the room. They had a cubicle each, of course, but they had not Dorothy's taste, and their little bedrooms had a dowdy effect beside hers.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.
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"Thanks!" said Janet calmly.
The children disappeared in as frantic haste to be off as they were a few minutes ago to arrive.
It would have been impossible for a much colder heart than Dorothy Collingwood's to resist her.[Pg 59]
"What is it, my dear?" The head mistress drew herself slightly up, and looked in some surprise at her pupil.
"It is delightful to have you back again," said Mrs. Freeman, bending over her pupil and kissing her. "And really, Evelyn, you look almost well. Oh, my dear child, what a fright I got about you last night."