"I want us to utilize our opportunities," said Janet. "We have a few minutes all to ourselves to discuss the[Pg 7] Fancy Fair, and we fritter it away on that tiresome new girl."There was little use, therefore, in rushing out of her prison to join her companions in their playground or on the shore."What is it, my dear?" The head mistress drew herself slightly up, and looked in some surprise at her pupil.[Pg 68]
"I suppose I may go," she said, "if that's all you have got to say?"
"Faix, then, it does, honey. I'm all agog to see this lovely queen. Why has she been absent so long? Doesn't Mrs. Freeman require any lessons of the sweet creature? Oh, then, it's I that would like to be in her shoes, if that's the case.""But why will you dislike our dear Evelyn?"
Uncharitable talk about others ceased when Evelyn drew near. Selfishness slunk away ashamed.Bridget dropped back into her seat with a profound sigh. Presently the dinner gong sounded, and Miss Patience put away her papers and accounts, and shutting up her desk, prepared to leave the room. Bridget got up too. "I am glad that is dinner," she said; "I'm awfully hungry. May I go up to my room to tidy myself, Miss Patience?""Pain and anxiety! I like that! You are just angry with me—that's about all!"
"Will you have some fruit?" she said coldly, laying[Pg 14] a restraining hand as she spoke on the girl's beflowered and embroidered dress.