"Do try not to make such a fool of yourself," repeated Janet, angrily, in her ear."The first thing to do is to appoint a committee," she began.
"My dears," said Mrs. Freeman, answering the looks on all faces, "your young companion's extraordinary conduct can only be explained by the fact that she has never been at school before. I am going out to the garden to speak to her. You girls will now go as usual to your separate schoolrooms and commence study."Marshall reappeared with the asparagus and cherry tart."I wish you'd say what you think about Bridget. Isn't she past enduring, getting all the little ones to disobey like this? Why, she might be expelled! Yes, Janet; yes, I'm going. You needn't look at me as if you'd like to eat me!"
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What would the new girl be like? Was she rich or poor, handsome or ugly, tall or short, dark or fair? Why did she come in the middle of the term, and why did Mrs. Freeman, and Miss Delicia, and Miss Patience make such a fuss about her?
Bridget O'Hara bestowed upon the four girls who stood before her a lightning glance of quizzical inquiry. She was a tall, fully developed girl, and no one could doubt her claim to beauty who looked at her even for a moment.She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good.
A loud booming sound filled the air.
"Oh, papa'll pay that! Don't you fret about that, Mrs. Freeman; the dear old dad will settle it. He quite loves writing checks!"
Bridget's arms were flung impulsively round her governess's neck, and then one hand was tucked within the good lady's arm.
Dorothy detached herself from Bridget's clinging arm, and ran quickly up the sloping lawn.
Mrs. Freeman left her pupil's room, and went downstairs.