[Pg 41]She entered the room, then, in a long white embroidered dress, looped up here, there, and everywhere with sky-blue ribbons. It was a charming toilet, and most becoming to its wearer, but absolutely unsuitable for schoolroom work.
"Well, dear, well! half a mile is a figure of speech. That's a way we have in Ireland—we figure of speech everything; it's much more graphic. Now, to go on. I was running up the stairs with my candle, and the wind rushing after me like mad, and the Castle rocking as if it were in an agony, when—— What do you think happened?"
"I can't eat, Marshall," she said. "I'm treated shamefully, and the very nicest dinner wouldn't tempt me. You can take it away, for I can't possibly touch a morsel. Oh, dear! oh, dear! how I do wish I were at home again! What a horrid, horrid sort of place school is!"
Bridget O'Hara's clear blue eyes were opened a little, wider apart.
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"You can please yourself about that," said Miss Patience, in her calmest voice. She left the room, closing the door behind her.
"Lost whom?" answered Janet in her tart voice.
"Now, my dear child, will you come into the house with me? I ought to be in the schoolroom now.""Quite right, Janet, I am glad you are so industrious. I won't disturb you for more than a minute, my love. I just want to look out of this window. It is the only one that commands a view of the road from Eastcliff. Evelyn ought to be here by now."
"Oh, let me look; do let me look!" cried Ruth, while Olive and Janet both pressed eagerly forward.