The common room to which she conducted Miss O'Hara was entirely for the use of the elder girls; the girls of the middle and the lower school had other[Pg 20] rooms to amuse themselves in. But this large, luxuriously furnished apartment was entirely given up to the sixth and fifth-form schoolgirls."I could not help myself," replied Dorothy. "You know, of course, Janet, what Bridget did last night?"
"Yes, certainly. Let me introduce you to someone in particular. Janet May, come here, my dear."
Mrs. Freeman took her unwilling hand, led her into Miss Patience's dull little sitting room, which only[Pg 63] looked out upon the back yard, and, shutting the door behind her, left her to her own meditations."What about Evelyn?" inquired Dorothy.As she was approaching the house she was met by Miss Delicia, who stopped to speak kindly to her.
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"I know we've all been awfully naughty, but we didn't think Caspar would mind the boughs. He turned sharp round and something happened to the wheels of the carriage—and—and—oh, Mrs. Freeman, do come. I think Evelyn must be dead, she's lying so still."
Marshall, with all her silliness, was a shrewd observer of character. Had the girl in disgrace been Janet May or Dorothy Collingwood, she would have known far better than to presume to address her; but Bridget was on very familiar terms with her old nurse and with many of the other servants at home, and it seemed quite reasonable to her that Marshall should speak sympathetic words."Oh, papa'll pay that! Don't you fret about that, Mrs. Freeman; the dear old dad will settle it. He quite loves writing checks!"
"And isn't she nice to-day?""Evelyn Percival. Doesn't it sound pretty?"
"Why, Dorothy Collingwood; she has gone over to the ranks of the enemy."
The governess took it without a word, and opening it applied it to Evelyn's nostrils.