CHAPTER II. THE NEW GIRL.
"I think I understand you, Dorothy," said Mrs. Freeman. "Kiss me!"
Mrs. Freeman could be austere as well as kind, and Mrs. Freeman was ten times more loved than Miss Delicia.Marshall reappeared with the asparagus and cherry tart.
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"I don't believe you'll ever drive her," said Miss Delicia. "I know that sort of character. It's only hardened when it's driven."She looked at her friend with a cool, critical eye.
"My dear Bridget!" exclaimed Mrs. Freeman, so surprised by the unexpected apparition that she was actually obliged to rise from her seat and come forward.
"Can't you, Bridget? I'm afraid I must make you understand that the fact of Evelyn being uninjured does not alter your conduct."
"You deny that she's weak," repeated Janet. "I wonder what your idea of strength is, Olive."
"It's a distinct insult," began Dolly. "I disapprove—I disapprove."
Breakfast was at eight o'clock at Mulberry Court. The girls always assembled a quarter of an hour before breakfast in the little chapel for prayers. They were all especially punctual this morning, for they wanted to get a good peep at Miss O'Hara.
Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.