"But Mrs. Freeman said——" she began.
"Don't shake me so, Vi, my honey; I'm coming to the exciting place—now then. Well, as I was going up the stairs all quite lonely, and by myself, never a soul within half a mile of me——"
Janet was forced to comply, and Dorothy exclaimed eagerly:
"She's not learned, I admit," replied Olive, "but weak! no, she's not weak; no weak character could be so audacious, so fearless, so indifferent to her own ignorance.""Janet," said Mrs. Freeman, "come here for a [Pg 47]moment. I want you to use your young eyes. Do you see any carriage coming down the hill?"
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"What is that?""O Dolly," they exclaimed, running up to their favorite, "she has come—we have seen her! She is very tall, and—and——""Yes, in one minute, Janet! I don't know what I'm to do, Marshall," continued Dorothy. "I should not venture to speak to Mrs. Freeman on the subject; she would be very, very angry."
"Well," said Janet, "what did that impertinent servant want? I hope you showed her her place, Dorothy? The idea of her presuming to stop us when we were so busy!"Mrs. Freeman could not help uttering a faint, inward sigh."And we are not allowed to go out of the grounds by ourselves," cried several other voices.
"Here you are," exclaimed the two pairs of lips eagerly.
"I don't suppose that Evelyn Percival is to rule the school. She is away at present, and we can't wait on her will and pleasure. Let's form our committee, and do without her."
She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.