"What?" said Katie, her eyes growing big with fascination and alarm.She gave Bridget a great deal of sympathy, adjured her to eat, shook her head over her, and having gained a promise that a pair of long suède gloves should be added to the ribbons and Venetian beads, went away,[Pg 69] having quite made up her mind to take Bridget's part through thick and thin."No, miss, that it can't," said Marshall, who felt as she expressed it afterward, "that royled by Miss May's 'aughty ways." "I won't keep Miss Collingwood any time, miss, ef you'll be pleased to walk on."
"Now, let's go on," said Janet, in her calm tones. "Let us try and settle something before the supper bell rings. We must have a committee, that goes without saying. Suppose we four girls form it.""You have a perfect mania for those children, Dorothy," exclaimed Olive. "I call it an impertinence on their parts to worry themselves about sixth-form girls. What's the matter, Janet? Why that contraction of your angel brow?"
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"Don't you hear the clock?" exclaimed Dorothy, unconscious relief coming into her tones.Other new girls had arrived, and only the faintest rumors had got out about them beforehand.
"Please wait one moment, Mrs. Freeman."
She scrutinized Olive's face now, a slightly satirical expression hovering round her somewhat thin lips.
"I never knew before that I had an enemy," said Janet, in her guarded voice.
"But your father cannot pay for your disobedience—for the bad example you have set the little children, for the pain and anxiety you have given me."