Dorothy Collingwood ran after Mrs. Freeman."No, I can't do that; we have to obey rules at school, and one of our strictest rules is that no girl is to leave her own bedroom without special permission."[Pg 58]
"I loathe ladylike ways."
"Yes; does not a mistress always command her pupils?"She had not passed a pleasant morning, however, and this plan scarcely commended itself to her.Mrs. Freeman left her pupil's room, and went downstairs."This is my panel," said Dorothy, "and these are my own special pet things. I bring out my favorite chair when I want to use it, or to offer it to a guest; I put it back when I have done with it. See these shelves, they hold my afternoon tea set, my books, my paint box, my workbasket, my photographic album—in short, all my dearest treasures."
She ran lightly down the grassy slope, and touched Dorothy on her arm."That you will obey me."Uncharitable talk about others ceased when Evelyn drew near. Selfishness slunk away ashamed.
"Let me go," said the head mistress.
"I'm afraid I have some unpleasant things to talk about, Miss O'Hara," she said. "But, before I begin, I must distinctly request you to remember that you are a young girl in the presence of the lady who has been appointed by your father to guide, direct, and command you."
Janet was never known to lose her temper, but she had a sarcastic tongue, and people did not like to lay themselves open to the cutting remarks which often and unsparingly fell from her lips.