"Go on; tell us quickly what you did with the candle, Biddy!" cried little Violet, pulling her new friend by the arm."I must break you in gradually, dear," she said. "As this is your first day at school you need not do any lessons, but you must come with me presently to the schoolroom in order that I may find out something about your attainments."
"I certainly want you, Bridget. I am not in the habit of sending for my pupils if I don't wish to speak to them."
Evelyn gave a very faint sigh, and turning her head looked out of the window."Bridget, my dear, before you come into the schoolroom I must request that you go upstairs and change your dress."
Biddy turned, arrested in her gay flight from rosebush to rosebush.
"Is she the beautiful girl who was the ringleader? I don't think I ever saw anyone with such presence of mind. She absolutely caught me as I was flung out of the carriage. I felt her arms round me; that was why I was not hurt."She stood wavering with her own conscience. Caspar was nervous, but he was not vicious.[Pg 59]
While Janet was speaking, Dorothy, who had refused to seat herself in the armchair assigned to her, and whose clear, bright blue eyes were roving eagerly all over the beautiful summer landscape, exclaimed in an eager voice:
"I did not specially mention the flowers, my dear. There are many rules in full force at Mulberry Court, and the pupils are expected to obey them all."
"Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court."
"I have some more things to say. I must get you, Bridget, before you leave this room, to make a promise."