"Nonsense, Evelyn. They disobeyed my most stringent orders. Are they not to be blamed for that?"Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.
Mrs. Freeman got up, and sounded an electric bell in the wall.
"And you also dislike poor Bridget? I can't imagine why you take such strong prejudices."
"I shall look to you to help me with this wild Irish girl," she said with a smile. "Now, go to your lessons, my dear."The eyes of every girl in the room were fixed eagerly on their mistress; they were all round with wonder, lips were slightly parted. The girls felt that a volcano had got into their midst, an explosion was imminent. This feeling of electricity in the air was very exciting; it stirred the somewhat languid pulses of the schoolgirls. Surely such an impulsive, such a daring, such an impertinent, and yet such a bewitching girl had never been heard of before. How sweet she looked in her white dress, how radiant was her smile. Those pearly white teeth of hers, those gleaming, glancing eyes, that soft voice that could utter such saucy words; oh! no wonder the school felt interested, and raised out of itself.
"My dear," she said, "I cannot grant your request. You have been sent to me by your father. He wishes you to stay here as long as you are well in body. You are quite well, Bridget; you must therefore make up your mind, whether you like school or whether you hate it, to remain here until the end of the term."