"Well, and our humble school clock ought to make your heart quail if you don't obey it, Bridget. Seriously speaking, it is my duty to counsel you, as a new girl, to go to bed at once.""Oh, what a wicked girl you are," said Mrs. Freeman, roused out of her customary gentle manner by the sight of Evelyn's motionless form. "I can't speak to you at this moment, Bridget O'Hara; go away, leave Evelyn to me. Evelyn, my darling, look at me, speak to me—say you are not hurt!""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."
"I suppose I may go," she said, "if that's all you have got to say?""What poor dear young lady?""Love me," she pleaded; "do love me, for I love you."
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The door was closed then, and Bridget O'Hara found herself alone."I'm very sorry, Marshall," said Dorothy, "but Miss O'Hara has really been very naughty. You have heard, of course, of the carriage accident, and how nearly Miss Percival was hurt. It's kind of you to plead for Miss O'Hara, but she really does deserve rather severe punishment, and Mrs. Freeman is most kind, as well as just. I don't really see how I can interfere."
"Oh, she's telling a story," whispered Olive under her breath. She settled herself contentedly to listen.
"Now, Marshall, what is it? How fussy and important you look!"
She scrutinized Olive's face now, a slightly satirical expression hovering round her somewhat thin lips.