Dorothy, Ruth, and Olive had now come into the schoolroom, and had taken their places by Janet's side. She gave them a quick look, in which considerable aversion to the newcomer was plainly visible, then turned her head and gazed languidly out of the window."I suppose I may go," she said, "if that's all you have got to say?"
Janet was never known to lose her temper, but she had a sarcastic tongue, and people did not like to lay themselves open to the cutting remarks which often and unsparingly fell from her lips.
She did not attempt to rise to her feet, however, and Mrs. Freeman was far too much absorbed to take any further notice of her."How can I possibly tell you, Miss O'Hara?" she replied. "You are a tall girl. Perhaps you are seventeen, although you look more."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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"You are not to pick flowers, Miss O'Hara; it is against the rules of the school."Miss Delicia hurried on, intent on some housewifely mission, and Olive entering the house went down a long stone passage which led to the sixth form schoolroom.
[Pg 58]"Did you want me, Mrs. Freeman?" she said, in her lazy, rich, somewhat impertinent voice.
"Why, Dorothy Collingwood; she has gone over to the ranks of the enemy."