Marshall departed, and Bridget lifted the cover from her plate and looked at the nice hot lamb and green peas.
Bridget dropped back into her seat with a profound sigh. Presently the dinner gong sounded, and Miss Patience put away her papers and accounts, and shutting up her desk, prepared to leave the room. Bridget got up too. "I am glad that is dinner," she said; "I'm awfully hungry. May I go up to my room to tidy myself, Miss Patience?"
"I could not help myself," replied Dorothy. "You know, of course, Janet, what Bridget did last night?"
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She sat down presently on the nearest chair and covered her face with her hands. She could only resolve on one thing—she would certainly not yield to Mrs. Freeman's request—nothing would induce her to promise to obey the rules of the school.
[Pg 28]"Janet," said Mrs. Freeman, "will you oblige me by showing Miss O'Hara the schoolrooms and common rooms, and introducing her to one or two of her companions? Go, my dear," she continued, "but remember, Bridget, whether you are tired or not, I shall expect you to go to bed to-night at nine o'clock. It is half-past eight now, so you have half an hour to get acquainted with your schoolfellows."
"I think I understand you, Dorothy," said Mrs. Freeman. "Kiss me!"
"How can I possibly guess?"
"I don't think I ought to listen to you, Bridget."
"How disagreeable! I can't live without flowers. I suppose papa will not expect me to stay if I don't like the place?"