Bridget O'Hara bestowed upon the four girls who stood before her a lightning glance of quizzical inquiry. She was a tall, fully developed girl, and no one could doubt her claim to beauty who looked at her even for a moment."I loathe ladylike ways."
She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.[Pg 18]
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"And we are not allowed to go out of the grounds by ourselves," cried several other voices.
"Nonsense, Evelyn. They disobeyed my most stringent orders. Are they not to be blamed for that?""Command me?" said Bridget, her nostrils dilating.
"Well, well," interrupted Janet impatiently, "have your own way, Olive. Make that tiresome, disagreeable girl a female Hercules if you fancy, only cease to talk about her. That is all I have to beg."
Bridget's face turned very white. She looked wildly toward the door, then at the window.
"Well, and our humble school clock ought to make your heart quail if you don't obey it, Bridget. Seriously speaking, it is my duty to counsel you, as a new girl, to go to bed at once."