"Hadn't they got leave to come to meet me?""No, miss, that it can't," said Marshall, who felt as she expressed it afterward, "that royled by Miss May's 'aughty ways." "I won't keep Miss Collingwood any time, miss, ef you'll be pleased to walk on.""I don't think I ought to listen to you, Bridget.""And if she happens to fancy Bridget she won't mind[Pg 40] a word we say against her. She never does mind what anyone says. You know that, Janet."
"Well, well," interrupted Janet impatiently, "have your own way, Olive. Make that tiresome, disagreeable girl a female Hercules if you fancy, only cease to talk about her. That is all I have to beg."
"I never knew before that I had an enemy," said Janet, in her guarded voice.Bridget moved restlessly. She looked out of the window. The sun was shining brilliantly, and the grass under the big shady trees looked particularly inviting.
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Other new girls had arrived, and only the faintest rumors had got out about them beforehand.
"Is she? I love her—she is a sweet darling! And you really want me to love you, Mrs. Freeman? Well, then, I will. Take a hug now—there, that's comfortable.""Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court."
Mrs. Freeman left her pupil's room, and went downstairs.Miss Percival's accident, and Bridget O'Hara's share in it, were the subjects of conversation not only that night, but the next morning.
"You can please yourself about that," said Miss Patience, in her calmest voice. She left the room, closing the door behind her.
"I could not help myself," replied Dorothy. "You know, of course, Janet, what Bridget did last night?"