Janet and Olive Moore were returning slowly to the house after a vigorous game of tennis. They stopped to look down at the group who surrounded Dorothy.She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.
"Well, Marshall is unhappy about her," replied Dorothy. "She said that Bridget would not touch her dinner. I don't exactly know what Mrs. Freeman means to do about her, but the poor girl is a prisoner in Miss Patience's dull little sitting room for the present."
CHAPTER IV. THE QUEEN OF THE SCHOOL.
"Janet, I wish you would not speak in that bitter way."Dorothy detached herself from Bridget's clinging arm, and ran quickly up the sloping lawn.Mrs. Freeman went over and drew back the curtains."We haven't a moment to lose, Dorothy," she said, "I want to speak to you alone before the rest of the committee arrive. That point with regard to Evelyn Percival must be settled. Perhaps your communication can keep, Marshall."
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"Spare me, my dear. I really am in too great a hurry to hear a list of your wardrobe. Is it possible that your father sent you to school with all that heap of finery, and nothing sensible to wear?"
"But Mrs. Freeman said——" she began."I can't share your sorrow," replied Janet. "If her punishment, whatever it is, deprives us of her charming society for a few days, it will be a boon to the entire school. I noticed that she was absent from dinner, and I will own I have not had a pleasanter meal for some time."
"Patience," said Mrs. Freeman, from her end of the supper table, "I think we have all finished. Will you say grace?""Well, and our humble school clock ought to make your heart quail if you don't obey it, Bridget. Seriously speaking, it is my duty to counsel you, as a new girl, to go to bed at once."
"The precious love, how nicely she talks, and how I love her gentle, refined words. But, darling, I'm not going to bed, for I'm not tired."
Marshall departed, and Bridget lifted the cover from her plate and looked at the nice hot lamb and green peas.