"Sit there, Miss O'Hara, please," said Mrs. Freeman. She tried to suppress a smile, which was difficult. "Girls," she said, addressing the fifth and sixth forms, "girls, this young lady is your new schoolfellow—her name is Bridget O'Hara. I meant to introduce her to you formally to-morrow, but she has taken the matter into her own hands. I am glad you are not tired, Miss O'Hara, for you have had a very long journey."
"Yes, Olive; I'm very busy. Do you want anything?"
For the first time there was a faint hesitation in her manner.
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Uncharitable talk about others ceased when Evelyn drew near. Selfishness slunk away ashamed.
Dorothy, Ruth, and Olive had now come into the schoolroom, and had taken their places by Janet's side. She gave them a quick look, in which considerable aversion to the newcomer was plainly visible, then turned her head and gazed languidly out of the window."You are not to pick flowers, Miss O'Hara; it is against the rules of the school."
CHAPTER VI. CAPTIVITY."Pardon me for disturbing you," she said; "I did not know anyone was in the schoolroom at present.""I suppose I may go," she said, "if that's all you have got to say?"
"Nonsense, Janet, you know you're one of the best French scholars in the school. You won't get out of answering my question by that flimsy excuse. Don't you hate Miss O'Hara?"
"Are you there, Janet?" said Mrs. Freeman. "Go into the house, and ask Miss Patience to follow me down the road. And see that someone goes for Dr. Hart. Alice, you can come back with me. The rest of the little girls are to go into the playroom, and to stay there until I come to them."
Dorothy Collingwood ran after Mrs. Freeman.