"Nothing," replied Janet. "I—I—shall I run out to the front, Mrs. Freeman, and listen if I can hear the carriage? You can hear it a very long way off from the brow of the hill.""Janet," said Mrs. Freeman, "come here for a [Pg 47]moment. I want you to use your young eyes. Do you see any carriage coming down the hill?""Well, I never!" exclaimed Dorothy, after a pause. "I don't suppose Mrs. Freeman will allow that style of wardrobe long. See, girls, do see, how her long blue ribbons stream in the breeze; and her hat! it is absolutely covered with roses—I'm convinced they are roses. Oh, what would I not give for an opera glass to enable me to take a nearer view. Whoever that young person is, she intends to take the shine out of us. Why, she is dressed as if she had just come from a garden party."
"I don't mean that sort of learning, Bridget. I mean what you acquire from books—grammar, French, music."
"I suppose I may go," she said, "if that's all you have got to say?"
"Oh, let me look; do let me look!" cried Ruth, while Olive and Janet both pressed eagerly forward."No, it was that wild Irish girl's doing. I really don't know what to do with her."
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"What is it, my dear?" The head mistress drew herself slightly up, and looked in some surprise at her pupil.She leant back, therefore, in her chair and reflected with a sad sort of pleasure on the sorrow which her father would feel when he learnt that she had almost died of hunger and exhaustion at this cruel school."As I was saying," began Janet——
Janet and Olive Moore were returning slowly to the house after a vigorous game of tennis. They stopped to look down at the group who surrounded Dorothy.Marshall had to be comforted with this rather dubious speech, and Dorothy ran on to join Janet.
"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."