"You can watch the sea from your bed, my dear," she said, "and I will send Dorothy to sit with you after[Pg 55] morning school. Now I want to ask you if you can give any idea of how the accident occurred?""It's a distinct insult," began Dolly. "I disapprove—I disapprove."
"Bridget, do look," said Mrs. Freeman; "you have trodden on that lovely bud!"
There was a sound, a commotion. Several steps were heard; eager voices were raised in expostulation and distress.[Pg 59]There was a movement of chairs, and a general rising."She's not learned, I admit," replied Olive, "but weak! no, she's not weak; no weak character could be so audacious, so fearless, so indifferent to her own ignorance."
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Mrs. Freeman was very particular with regard to tidiness, and the condition of this very pretty room filled her with grave displeasure. The rules with regard to tidy rooms, neatly kept drawers, a place for everything and everything in its place, were most stringent at Mulberry Court, but up to the present rules mattered nothing at all to Bridget O'Hara.A slight additional color came into Miss Percival's cheeks.
"And you also dislike poor Bridget? I can't imagine why you take such strong prejudices.""Well, dear, you are not to blame. I shall take you to Eastcliff this afternoon, and order some plain dresses to be made up for you."
Janet was forced to comply, and Dorothy exclaimed eagerly: