[Pg 54]"As to disliking Miss O'Hara, it's more a case of despising; she's beneath my dislike."
"My name is Ruth," replied the girl so addressed, "and I can't guess ages. Come, Olive, let us find our French lessons and go."
"Look, dear," said the governess. "What is that distant speck? I am so terribly near-sighted that I cannot make out whether it is a carriage or cart of some sort."The room was something like a drawing room, with many easy-chairs and tables. Plenty of light streamed in from the lofty windows, and fell upon knickknacks and brackets, on flowers in pots—in short, on the many little possessions which each individual girl had brought to decorate her favorite room."And if she happens to fancy Bridget she won't mind[Pg 40] a word we say against her. She never does mind what anyone says. You know that, Janet."
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"Nonsense, Evelyn. They disobeyed my most stringent orders. Are they not to be blamed for that?"
"Thanks!" said Janet calmly."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."
"I have some more things to say. I must get you, Bridget, before you leave this room, to make a promise.""Oh, how very funny—how—how unpleasant. Did you tell papa about that when he arranged to send me here?"