"It is more than a pity, Bridget," said her governess in a severe tone. "I am sorry to have to open your eyes, my dear child; but in picking any of my roses you have taken an unwarrantable liberty."The governess took it without a word, and opening it applied it to Evelyn's nostrils.
She burst into sudden frantic weeping.
Janet sprang from her seat with apparent alacrity.
"Miss Collingwood," said Marshall, in a timid whisper, "might I say a word to you, miss?""Don't shake me so, Vi, my honey; I'm coming to the exciting place—now then. Well, as I was going up the stairs all quite lonely, and by myself, never a soul within half a mile of me——"
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The girls were leaving the dining room while these thoughts were flashing through Marshall's mind. Dorothy and Janet May were walking side by side.While Janet was speaking, Dorothy, who had refused to seat herself in the armchair assigned to her, and whose clear, bright blue eyes were roving eagerly all over the beautiful summer landscape, exclaimed in an eager voice:"O Janey," exclaimed two of the other girls in a breath, "a committee does sound so absurdly formal."
Olive looked at her steadily.
Alice, Violet, and several more of the little girls were running and tumbling up the grassy slope.[Pg 49] The moment they saw Mrs. Freeman they ran to her.