"Oh, well; it's all right for you to be here, I suppose," said Dorothy. "What were you saying, Bridget? I didn't catch that last sentence of yours.""No, not very. The younger girls were fond of me, and Dorothy Collingwood was nice.""Don't do that, Bridget," said Miss Patience; "you are disturbing me."A flash of self-pity filled her eyes, but there was some consolation in reflecting on the fact that no one could force her to eat against her will.
"You can watch the sea from your bed, my dear," she said, "and I will send Dorothy to sit with you after[Pg 55] morning school. Now I want to ask you if you can give any idea of how the accident occurred?"
When the servant answered her summons, she desired her to ask Miss O'Hara to come to her immediately.
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"Pardon me for disturbing you," she said; "I did not know anyone was in the schoolroom at present."
"When will that be?"Ruth clapped her hands."You know perfectly well what I mean," she answered; "you know who the enemy is—at least you know who is your enemy."
She was in every sense of the word an untamed creature; she was like a wild bird who had just been caught and put into a cage.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?"
"Don't you hear the clock?" exclaimed Dorothy, unconscious relief coming into her tones.
"But you look queer. Are you frightened about anything?"