"But your father cannot pay for your disobedience—for the bad example you have set the little children, for the pain and anxiety you have given me."[Pg 39]As she was approaching the house she was met by Miss Delicia, who stopped to speak kindly to her.
"Why did you speak so sharply to her, Olive?" exclaimed Dorothy. "After all, her curiosity is but natural—I must even own that I share it myself."
"Nonsense, Evelyn. They disobeyed my most stringent orders. Are they not to be blamed for that?"
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Dorothy ran away at once, and Mrs. Freeman walked down the garden in the direction where she had just seen a white dress disappearing."Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court."
"It is not the custom at school, my dear child, to make remarks about what we eat. We just take what is put before us. Here's a nice piece of bacon, dear, and some toast. Don't say anything more, I beg, or you will annoy Mrs. Freeman.""But Mrs. Freeman said——" she began.
"Janet," said Mrs. Freeman, "come here for a [Pg 47]moment. I want you to use your young eyes. Do you see any carriage coming down the hill?"