[Pg 38]"It is a covered wagon," said Janet. "I see it quite plainly. There is no carriage at all in view, Mrs. Freeman."
"O Janey," exclaimed two of the other girls in a breath, "a committee does sound so absurdly formal."The child's words were almost incoherent. Alice, who was not quite so excitable, began to pour out a queer story."My dears," said Mrs. Freeman, answering the looks on all faces, "your young companion's extraordinary conduct can only be explained by the fact that she has never been at school before. I am going out to the garden to speak to her. You girls will now go as usual to your separate schoolrooms and commence study."
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[Pg 61]"Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court."She was a tall, slight girl, fairly good-looking, and not too strong-minded.
"Oh, lor, miss, you're too good, but there's that bell again; I must run this minute."
"Spare me, my dear. I really am in too great a hurry to hear a list of your wardrobe. Is it possible that your father sent you to school with all that heap of finery, and nothing sensible to wear?"