A flash of self-pity filled her eyes, but there was some consolation in reflecting on the fact that no one could force her to eat against her will.
She was coming at mid-term, which in itself was rather exceptional."So it is, Bridget. But you will permit me, an old woman compared to you, to point out a fact—the self-denying people are the happy ones, the selfish are the miserable. Take your own way now in your youth, sip each pleasure as it comes, turn from the disagreeables, trample on those who happen to be in your way, as you did on that rosebud just now, and you will lay up misery for yourself in the future. You will be a very wretched woman when you reach my age.""I don't mind your kissing me, Bridget, only does not it seem a little soon—I have not known you many minutes yet?"
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By this time the preparations for the Fancy Fair were in active progress. Janet May had obtained her own wish with regard to the Committee, each member of which was allowed to choose a band of workers under herself, to make articles for the coming sale."That I was to take you round and introduce you to a few companions," continued Janet hastily. "Miss Collingwood, Miss O'Hara—Miss Moore, Miss O'Hara—Miss Bury, Miss O'Hara. Now I have done my duty. If you like to see the common room for yourself, you can go straight through this folding door, turn to your left, see a large room directly facing you; go into it, and you will find yourself in the common room. Now, good-night.""I don't agree with you," answered Olive. "Strength shows itself in many forms. Miss O'Hara is pretty."
"Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court.""And isn't she nice to-day?"
"No, no—do forgive me!"
"You know perfectly well what I mean," she answered; "you know who the enemy is—at least you know who is your enemy."