"Now, my dear child, will you come into the house with me? I ought to be in the schoolroom now."
"Are you coming, Dorothy?" called Janet May from the end of the passage."No. You are to take off that unsuitable afternoon costume you are now wearing, and put on a neat print dress for your morning work.""No fruit, thank you. Oh, what a lovely ring you have on! It's a ruby, isn't it? My poor mother—she died when I was only three—had some splendid rubies—they are to be mine when I am grown up. Papa is keeping them for me in the County Bank. You always keep your valuables in the Bank in Ireland, you know—that's on account of the Land Leaguers."
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Bridget felt a wild desire to rush after Miss Patience, and defying all punishment and all commands, appear as usual in the dining room.
The door was opened, and a neatly dressed servant of the name of Marshall entered, bearing a dinner tray.She looked at the merry group on the lawn, and a desire to join them, even though of course she knew she was in no sense one of them, came over her.
Janet was there, busily preparing her French lesson for M. le Comte. She was a very ambitious girl, and was determined to carry off as many prizes as possible at the coming midsummer examinations. She scarcely raised her eyes when Olive appeared.
"I don't hear any sound whatever, Mrs. Freeman," she said, "but please don't be alarmed; Evelyn's train may have been late."
"I shall look to you to help me with this wild Irish girl," she said with a smile. "Now, go to your lessons, my dear."