[Pg 23]"Are you coming, Dorothy?" called Janet May from the end of the passage.
"I won't eat any dinner in this horrid room," she said; "I think I have been treated shamefully. If my dinner is sent to me I won't eat it."
"I think I understand you, Dorothy," said Mrs. Freeman. "Kiss me!"
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"I hope not, Bridget."
"Bridget, my dear, before you come into the schoolroom I must request that you go upstairs and change your dress."She was not present, however, and did not, indeed, put in an appearance in the breakfast room until the meal was half over.
Such as it was, however, supper was a much-prized institution of Mulberry Court; only the fifth-form and sixth-form girls were allowed to partake of it. To sit up to supper, therefore, was a distinction intensely envied by the lower school. The plain fare sounded to them like honey and ambrosia. They were never tired of speculating as to what went on in the dining room on these occasions, and the idea of sitting up to supper was with some of the girls a more stimulating reason for being promoted to the fifth form than any other which could be offered.
Bridget raised her brows the tenth of an inch. The faintest shadow of surprise crossed her sweet, happy face. Then she walked down the long room, nodding and smiling to the girls.
"Did you want me, Mrs. Freeman?" she said, in her lazy, rich, somewhat impertinent voice.
"Now, Marshall, what is it? How fussy and important you look!"