She looked at her friend with a cool, critical eye."We haven't a moment to lose, Dorothy," she said, "I want to speak to you alone before the rest of the committee arrive. That point with regard to Evelyn Percival must be settled. Perhaps your communication can keep, Marshall."
Mrs. Freeman got up, and sounded an electric bell in the wall.
"No, Bridget, you cannot. You have been sent here to be under my care, and you must remain with me at least until the end of the term."After a little pause, during which neither mistress nor pupil spoke, the pupil raised her head."And if she happens to fancy Bridget she won't mind[Pg 40] a word we say against her. She never does mind what anyone says. You know that, Janet."
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"Yes; you have got to earn it first, however," replied Miss Collingwood, slipping back the pale green panel with a dexterous movement.
"That's as bad as the other expression, Bridget.""Oh, good gra——! I mean, mercy Moses!"
"She was interceding for Bridget," said Dorothy.
"Oh, if you take it up in that way," said Olive; but her words had a faint sound about them—she was a girl who was easily impressed either for good or evil.
She looked at the merry group on the lawn, and a desire to join them, even though of course she knew she was in no sense one of them, came over her.