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2022-11-30 Author: Poly News
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[Pg 31]"Bridget, you are incorrigible. If kindness won't make you see that you are bound in honor to obey me, I must try punishment. Wretched child, I don't wish to be hard to you, but do what I say, you must!"All this time Miss Percival, the head girl of the school, was absent. She had been ill, and had gone home for a short change. She did not return until Bridget had been at the Court a fortnight.

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"Now, let's go on," said Janet, in her calm tones. "Let us try and settle something before the supper bell rings. We must have a committee, that goes without saying. Suppose we four girls form it."

The Fair was the great event to which the girls looked forward, and in the first excitement of such an unusual proceeding each of them worked with a will."This is the very plainest dress I possess, Mrs. Freeman; I pulled a lot out of my trunk this morning to look at them. There was a sky-blue delaine with coffee lace, and a pink surah, and——"Bridget uttered a faint sigh.

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"As to disliking Miss O'Hara, it's more a case of despising; she's beneath my dislike."

"I'd punish her very severely," said Miss Patience. "I am sure punishment is what she wants. She ought to be broken in.""What?" said Bridget, coloring high. "Do you mean seriously to tell me that I—I am not to pick flowers? I think I must have heard you wrong! Please say it again!"Janet was forced to comply, and Dorothy exclaimed eagerly:"Oh, come at once!" said Violet, "there has been an accident, and Evelyn is hurt. Bridget is with her. Come, come at once!"

"It's a distinct insult," began Dolly. "I disapprove—I disapprove."

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"Now, let's go on," said Janet, in her calm tones. "Let us try and settle something before the supper bell rings. We must have a committee, that goes without saying. Suppose we four girls form it."

"Yes, certainly. Let me introduce you to someone in particular. Janet May, come here, my dear."

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"But, my dear child, our hearts are not cold. I assure you, Bridget, I am most anxious to win your love, and so also is Dorothy Collingwood."

"Yes, but at what?"