What a fuss everyone was making about that stupid Evelyn Percival. Here was the head mistress even quite in a fume because she was a minute or two late in putting in an appearance.
"Well, let's settle to business now," said Ruth; "I'm sure I'm more than willing. Who has got a pencil and paper?"
"What poor dear young lady?""I hope not, Bridget."
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Oh, yes, she ought to tell; and yet—and yet——
A titter ran down the table at these remarks; Mrs. Freeman bent to pick up her pocket handkerchief, and Miss Delicia, rushing to Bridget's side, began to whisper vigorously in her ear."We have lost her," said Olive, with a sigh.
"We won't discuss the whys nor the wherefores; the fact remains that I do dislike her."
The girls took their places at the table—grace was said, and the meal began.