"Then go and ask, darling. Find Mrs. Freeman, and ask her; it's so easily done.""My conduct? What have I done?""Well, Marshall, I'll see what I can do. I must join Miss May now, for we have something important to decide, but I won't forget your words."
From where they stood they obtained a very distinct although somewhat bird's-eye view of the winding avenue and quickly approaching carriage. Mrs. Freeman's tall and familiar figure was too well known to be worthy, in that supreme moment, of even a passing comment. Miss Patience looked as angular and as like herself as ever; but a girl, who sat facing the two ladies—a girl who wore a large shady hat, and whose light dress and gay ribbons fluttered in the summer breeze—upon this girl the eyes of the four watchers in the "Lookout" tower were fixed with devouring curiosity.
Janet did not say any more. She bent forward, ostensibly to renew her studies, in reality to hide a jealous feeling which surged up in her heart."I don't mind your kissing me, Bridget, only does not it seem a little soon—I have not known you many minutes yet?""But Mrs. Freeman said——" she began.
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Uncharitable talk about others ceased when Evelyn drew near. Selfishness slunk away ashamed.
"Oh, foolish do you call it?" A passing cloud swept over Bridget O'Hara's face. It quickly vanished, however; she jumped up with a little sigh.She called Bridget's name, but the wind, which was rather high this morning, carried her voice away from the young girl, who was gayly flitting from one rosebush [Pg 30]to another, ruthlessly pulling the large, full-blown flowers with buds attached.Bridget O'Hara's clear blue eyes were opened a little, wider apart.
"What about Evelyn?" inquired Dorothy."The dogs?" asked Dorothy, interested in spite of herself.
"But your father cannot pay for your disobedience—for the bad example you have set the little children, for the pain and anxiety you have given me."
"We won't discuss the whys nor the wherefores; the fact remains that I do dislike her."
"You know perfectly well what I mean," she answered; "you know who the enemy is—at least you know who is your enemy."
"If I had only some smelling salts," she began.