Olive Moore belonged to the toadying faction in the school. Toadies, however, can be useful, and Janet was by no means above making use of Olive in case of need."Janet, I wish you would not speak in that bitter way."Marshall had to be comforted with this rather dubious speech, and Dorothy ran on to join Janet.
"But Mrs. Freeman said——"
"Very well, if it must be so, but I shall be very miserable, and misery soon makes me ill."
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Dorothy was beginning to whisper to her companion that all their excitement was safe to end in smoke, when the door at the farther end of the dining hall was softly pushed open, and a head of luxuriant nut-brown curling hair was popped in. Two roguish dark blue eyes looked down the long room—they greeted with an eager sort of delighted welcome each fresh girl face, and then the entire person of a tall, showily dressed girl entered.
The smaller girls chatted volubly about the matter, and little Violet Temple, aged ten, and of course one of the small girls, so far forgot herself as to run up to[Pg 3] Dorothy Collingwood, clasp her hand affectionately round the tall girl's arm, and whisper in her impetuous, eager way:
"Yes, Marshall," said Dorothy; she stopped. Janet stopped also, and gave Marshall a freezing glance.She was a tall, slight girl, fairly good-looking, and not too strong-minded."The first thing to do is to appoint a committee," she began.
"Why, Dorothy Collingwood; she has gone over to the ranks of the enemy."
"But we are not allowed to cut the boughs, Bridget," said Katie.