"Well, Mrs. Freeman, you know how fond the children are of me, and I of them. They came to meet me, several of the little ones, and one tall, beautiful girl, whom I do not know. Perhaps they were all over-excited. They shouted a good deal, and waved branches of trees. Poor Caspar evidently could not stand it; but they really did nothing that anyone could blame them about."
"But you look queer. Are you frightened about anything?"
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"Bridget, you are talking a great deal of nonsense," said Dorothy, "and I for one am not going to listen to you. We are much too sensible to believe in ghost stories here, and there is no use in your trying to frighten us. Good-by, all of you; I am off to the house!"[Pg 56]She was not present, however, and did not, indeed, put in an appearance in the breakfast room until the meal was half over.
"It's a distinct insult," began Dolly. "I disapprove—I disapprove."
The carriage lay smashed a couple of hundred yards from the gates of the avenue.
"I was going up the staircase," continued Bridget. "I held a lighted candle in my hand. It was an awful night—you should have heard the wind howling. We keep some special windbags of our own at the Castle, and when we open the strings of one, why—well, there is a hurricane, that's all."
Mrs. Freeman could not help uttering a faint, inward sigh.