"May I go with the others?" asked Miss O'Hara."People will like you here too," she said. "I am certain you are very good-natured; come and let me[Pg 19] show you some of our snug little arrangements in the common room, and then I think it will be time for bed.""Oh, foolish do you call it?" A passing cloud swept over Bridget O'Hara's face. It quickly vanished, however; she jumped up with a little sigh.
"I don't think I shall like school," she said, "but I'll do anything you wish me to do, dearest Dorothy."
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Dorothy was beginning to whisper to her companion that all their excitement was safe to end in smoke, when the door at the farther end of the dining hall was softly pushed open, and a head of luxuriant nut-brown curling hair was popped in. Two roguish dark blue eyes looked down the long room—they greeted with an eager sort of delighted welcome each fresh girl face, and then the entire person of a tall, showily dressed girl entered.
"Yes, certainly. Let me introduce you to someone in particular. Janet May, come here, my dear.""What is it, my dear?" The head mistress drew herself slightly up, and looked in some surprise at her pupil.
"Now, my dear child, will you come into the house with me? I ought to be in the schoolroom now."
Miss Collingwood was turning away, when her mistress stretched out her hand and drew her back.