"That you will obey me."
"Quite right, Janet, I am glad you are so industrious. I won't disturb you for more than a minute, my love. I just want to look out of this window. It is the only one that commands a view of the road from Eastcliff. Evelyn ought to be here by now."
"Are you going to be cross when you find I don't know your sort of things?""We won't discuss the whys nor the wherefores; the fact remains that I do dislike her."
"She's not so bad at all," began Dorothy.
"Oh, I am sorry!"
"Come, my dears," said Miss Patience to the girls[Pg 29] near her, "let us lose no more valuable time. Please don't scrape your chair in that atrocious way, Alice. Rose, what a poke! Susie, hold back your shoulders. Now, young ladies, come to the schoolroom quietly; quietly, if you please."
"Oh, never mind about bed—I'm not the least sleepy."
She was a dependable girl—clever up to a certain point, nice to those with whom she agreed, [Pg 37]affectionate to the people who did not specially prize her affection.
"Don't you hear the clock?" exclaimed Dorothy, unconscious relief coming into her tones.