"Did you want me, Mrs. Freeman?" she said, in her lazy, rich, somewhat impertinent voice.It really was too absurd. Janet could not help fidgeting almost audibly.
Biddy turned, arrested in her gay flight from rosebush to rosebush.
[Pg 43]"I must break you in gradually, dear," she said. "As this is your first day at school you need not do any lessons, but you must come with me presently to the schoolroom in order that I may find out something about your attainments.""Poor girl!" said Evelyn, a wistful expression coming into her eyes.
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"Oh, don't I!" said Janet, stamping her small foot.She burst into sudden frantic weeping.
Dorothy went into her own little cubicle, drew her white dimity walls tight, and, standing before the window, looked out at the summer landscape.Bridget wore a white muslin dress with a long train. Her silver girdle was clasped round her waist. She went deliberately up to a rose tree in full flower, and, picking two or three half-opened buds, put them in her girdle.