"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."[Pg 33]
"Let me go," said the head mistress.
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"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!"
What would the new girl be like? Was she rich or poor, handsome or ugly, tall or short, dark or fair? Why did she come in the middle of the term, and why did Mrs. Freeman, and Miss Delicia, and Miss Patience make such a fuss about her?"No, Bridget, you are to stay here; your dinner will be brought to you." Bridget flushed crimson."I never knew before that I had an enemy," said Janet, in her guarded voice."I want us to utilize our opportunities," said Janet. "We have a few minutes all to ourselves to discuss the[Pg 7] Fancy Fair, and we fritter it away on that tiresome new girl."
Mrs. Freeman could see them as she sat in her sitting room.
"I don't think I ought to listen to you, Bridget."
"Oh, good gra——! I mean, mercy Moses!"