She scrutinized Olive's face now, a slightly satirical expression hovering round her somewhat thin lips.
Miss Delicia hurried on, intent on some housewifely mission, and Olive entering the house went down a long stone passage which led to the sixth form schoolroom."I do, my love. But your truest happiness is not secured by giving you your own way in everything.""O Dolly," they exclaimed, running up to their favorite, "she has come—we have seen her! She is very tall, and—and——""Oh, good gra——! I mean, mercy Moses!"
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[Pg 53]Miss Percival's accident, and Bridget O'Hara's share in it, were the subjects of conversation not only that night, but the next morning."Only to tell you that that pet of yours, Bridget O'Hara, is likely to get herself into a nice scrape. She has run down the road with a number of the small fry to meet Evelyn. They are taking boughs of trees with them, and are going to shout, or do something extraordinary, when they see her arriving. Janet, what's the matter? How queer you look!"It really was too absurd. Janet could not help fidgeting almost audibly.
"Change my dress! Now I really don't understand you. Am I to come down in my dressing-gown?"
"No, Bridget, you cannot. You have been sent here to be under my care, and you must remain with me at least until the end of the term."
The common room to which she conducted Miss O'Hara was entirely for the use of the elder girls; the girls of the middle and the lower school had other[Pg 20] rooms to amuse themselves in. But this large, luxuriously furnished apartment was entirely given up to the sixth and fifth-form schoolgirls.
Something, however, she could not tell what, restrained her from doing this. She sank back again in her chair; angry tears rose to her bright eyes, and burning spots appeared in her round cheeks.