Dorothy detached herself from Bridget's clinging arm, and ran quickly up the sloping lawn.She was a dependable girl—clever up to a certain point, nice to those with whom she agreed, [Pg 37]affectionate to the people who did not specially prize her affection.The carriage lay smashed a couple of hundred yards from the gates of the avenue.
"He will expect you to stay until the end of the term."[Pg 64]
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She scrutinized Olive's face now, a slightly satirical expression hovering round her somewhat thin lips."Yes, certainly. Let me introduce you to someone in particular. Janet May, come here, my dear."
Dorothy, Bridget, and a number of the girls of the lower school were walking up and down a broad road which led to the shore. They were talking and laughing. The smaller girls were dancing and running about in their eagerness. Some very funny proposal had undoubtedly been made, and much explosive mirth was the result.The period at which this story begins was the middle of the summer term. There were no half-term holidays at the Court, but somehow the influence of holiday time had already got into the air. The young girls had tired themselves out with play, and the older ones lay about in hammocks, or strolled in twos or[Pg 2] threes up and down the wide gravel walk which separated the house from the gardens.When Mrs. Freeman told Bridget to go away and leave her, the Irish girl stopped playing with the tendrils of hair on Evelyn's forehead, and looked at her governess with a blank expression stealing over her face.
"Good gracious, why, that's weeks off! I can't live without flowers for weeks! Look here, Mrs. Freeman; is there not to be an exception made for me? Papa said, when I was coming here, that my happiness was to be the first thing considered. Don't you agree with him? Don't you wish me to be very, very happy?"
"Love me," she pleaded; "do love me, for I love you."
"Change my dress! Now I really don't understand you. Am I to come down in my dressing-gown?"