"I do, my love. But your truest happiness is not secured by giving you your own way in everything."
"Hark! Stop talking!" said Mrs. Freeman.She entered the room, then, in a long white embroidered dress, looped up here, there, and everywhere with sky-blue ribbons. It was a charming toilet, and most becoming to its wearer, but absolutely unsuitable for schoolroom work.A slight additional color came into Miss Percival's cheeks.
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"Never mind, it is the correct thing to do. In a matter of this kind we are nothing if we are not businesslike. Now, who is coming to interrupt us?""Well, let's settle to business now," said Ruth; "I'm sure I'm more than willing. Who has got a pencil and paper?"
She was in every sense of the word an untamed creature; she was like a wild bird who had just been caught and put into a cage.
"Yes, I will love you," she replied; "but please go to bed now, dear. You really will get into trouble if you don't, and it seems such a pity that you should begin your school life in disgrace."