Bridget's arms were flung impulsively round her governess's neck, and then one hand was tucked within the good lady's arm."It's a distinct insult," began Dolly. "I disapprove—I disapprove.""Of course it is, Violet," replied Miss Collingwood in her good-natured way. "But what a naughty imp you were to hide under the laurel arch. The wonder[Pg 8] is you did not get right in the way of the horses' hoofs."
"As to disliking Miss O'Hara, it's more a case of despising; she's beneath my dislike."
Mrs. Freeman and Miss Patience had driven away in a very smart carriage with a pair of horses to meet her."Oh, I'll come to that by and by; now about Miss O'Hara. Janet, I deny that she's weak."Ruth Bury was short and dark, but Janet May, her companion, was extremely slim and fair. She would have been a pretty girl but for the somewhat disagreeable expression of her face.
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Mrs. Freeman breathed a sigh of relief.
Janet ran out of the room. Her heart was beating hard and fast. Should she tell Mrs. Freeman what Olive had just confided to her, that Bridget and a number of the smaller children of the school had rushed down the road to meet Evelyn, carrying boughs in their hands, and doubtless shouting loudly in their glee?
"Now, my dear, you are not going to plead for her. I must manage her my own way. I will leave you now, Evelyn. Rest all you can, dear, and if you are very good you may perhaps be allowed to join us at supper."
"Oh, well; it's all right for you to be here, I suppose," said Dorothy. "What were you saying, Bridget? I didn't catch that last sentence of yours."