[Pg 23]"But why will you dislike our dear Evelyn?""Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court."
What a fuss everyone was making about that stupid Evelyn Percival. Here was the head mistress even quite in a fume because she was a minute or two late in putting in an appearance.
She looked at her friend with a cool, critical eye.Mrs. Freeman sighed as she said these words."Yes, but at what?""I can't help it, my dear; I'm honest, whatever I am."
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"Poor old dear! But wanting Biddy O'Hara to do a thing, and making her do it, are two very different matters. I'll go to bed when I'm tired—papa never expected me to go earlier at home. I declare I feel quite cheerful again now that I have got to know you, Dorothy. Janet is not at all to my taste, but you are. What a pretty name you have, and you have an awfully sweet expression—such a dear, loving kind of look in your eyes. Would you mind very much if I gave you a hug?"
"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."A slight additional color came into Miss Percival's cheeks.
"She was interceding for Bridget," said Dorothy.
"Yes, Janet, she's pretty and she's rich, and she's destitute of fear. She is quite certain to have her own party in the school. I repeat," continued Olive, "that there is no weakness in Bridget. I grant that she is about the most irritating creature I know, but weak she is not."
"Oh, papa'll pay that! Don't you fret about that, Mrs. Freeman; the dear old dad will settle it. He quite loves writing checks!"
"Why, Dorothy Collingwood; she has gone over to the ranks of the enemy."
"No. You are to take off that unsuitable afternoon costume you are now wearing, and put on a neat print dress for your morning work."