"No, not very. The younger girls were fond of me, and Dorothy Collingwood was nice.""The first thing to do is to appoint a committee," she began."I must have a cupboard like that," said Biddy. "Why, it's perfectly delicious!"
"It is more than a pity, Bridget," said her governess in a severe tone. "I am sorry to have to open your eyes, my dear child; but in picking any of my roses you have taken an unwarrantable liberty."
Should she run away altogether? Should she walk to Eastcliff and take the next train to London, and then, trusting to chance, and to the kindness of strangers, endeavor to find her way back to the dear and loving shores of the old country, and so back again to the beloved home?
"Good gracious me!" exclaimed Bridget O'Hara, "am I to be dumb during breakfast, dinner, and tea? I don't know a word of German. Why, I'll die if I can't chatter. It's a way we have in Ireland. We must talk.""Evelyn Percival. Doesn't it sound pretty?""Oh, she's telling a story," whispered Olive under her breath. She settled herself contentedly to listen.
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She went downstairs and entered her own private sitting room. It was now half-past eleven o'clock, and morning school was over. The weather was too hot for regular walks, and the girls were disporting themselves according to their own will and pleasure on the lawns and in the beautiful grounds which surrounded the school.
Her first impulse was to open the door of her prison and go boldly out.The next morning, after breakfast, Mrs. Freeman went upstairs to sit with her favorite Evelyn.
But plain as Evelyn undoubtedly was, no one who knew her long ever remarked about her appearance, or gave a second thought to the fact that she could lay small claim to physical beauty.
"Why did you speak so sharply to her, Olive?" exclaimed Dorothy. "After all, her curiosity is but natural—I must even own that I share it myself."
CHAPTER V. BREAKING IN A WILD COLT.
Dorothy could not restrain her laughter.