"No. You are to take off that unsuitable afternoon costume you are now wearing, and put on a neat print dress for your morning work.""Oh, you darling, what do minutes signify when one loves? There, Dolly, I have fallen in love with you, and that's the fact. You shall come and stay with me at the Castle in the summer, and I'll teach you to fire a gun and to land a salmon. Oh, my dear, what larks we'll have together! I'm so glad you're taking me round this house, instead of that stiff Janet.""I can't share your sorrow," replied Janet. "If her punishment, whatever it is, deprives us of her charming society for a few days, it will be a boon to the entire school. I noticed that she was absent from dinner, and I will own I have not had a pleasanter meal for some time."
She looked at her friend with a cool, critical eye.
"As I was saying," began Janet——Mrs. Freeman could scarcely restrain her impatience.
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"You have too good taste to like her, Olive, but do let us talk about something more interesting. How are you getting on with that table cover for the fair?"
Bridget's excitable eager words were broken by sobs; tears poured out of her lovely eyes, her hands clasped Dorothy's with fervor."And isn't she nice to-day?""Change my dress! Now I really don't understand you. Am I to come down in my dressing-gown?"
Marshall departed, and Bridget lifted the cover from her plate and looked at the nice hot lamb and green peas.
"Yes, Bridget, very nice—go and take your place, my dear. There, beside Janet May. Another morning I hope you will be in time for prayers. Of course, we make all allowances the first day. Take your place directly, breakfast is half over."
It would have been impossible for a much colder heart than Dorothy Collingwood's to resist her.
"Command me?" said Bridget, her nostrils dilating.