"Do let me speak, Marion," exclaimed little Violet Temple, coloring all over her round face in her excitement and interest. "You know I got the first glimpse of her. I did, you know I did. I was hiding under the laurel arch, and I saw her quite close. It's awfully unfair of anyone else to tell, isn't it, Dolly?""We are each of us allowed a certain freedom here," said Dorothy. "You see these panels? It is a great promotion to possess a panel. All the girls who are allowed to have the use of this room cannot have one, but the best of us can. Now behold! Open sesame! Shut your eyes for a minute—you can open them again when I tell you. Now—you may look now."[Pg 39]
She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.
"No, not very. The younger girls were fond of me, and Dorothy Collingwood was nice.""I do, my love. But your truest happiness is not secured by giving you your own way in everything."Caspar was a sensitive horse; even Janet, who had[Pg 48] no physical fear about her, disliked the way he started, and shied sometimes at his own shadow. It was scarcely likely that he would bear the shock which all those excited children would give him.She did not attempt to rise to her feet, however, and Mrs. Freeman was far too much absorbed to take any further notice of her.
"Very well, if it must be so, but I shall be very miserable, and misery soon makes me ill."
After that period she found her place to a certain extent, made some violent friends and some active enemies, was adored by the little girls, on whom she showered lollipops, kisses, and secrets, and was disliked more or less by every girl in the sixth and fifth form, Dorothy Collingwood excepted."Hadn't they got leave to come to meet me?"
Dorothy detached herself from Bridget's clinging arm, and ran quickly up the sloping lawn.CHAPTER IV. THE QUEEN OF THE SCHOOL.Dorothy Collingwood ran after Mrs. Freeman.