A flash of self-pity filled her eyes, but there was some consolation in reflecting on the fact that no one could force her to eat against her will."I suppose I may go," she said, "if that's all you have got to say?""Please remember——" she began.
The next morning, after breakfast, Mrs. Freeman went upstairs to sit with her favorite Evelyn.
"Janet, I wish you would not speak in that bitter way."
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"He will expect you to stay until the end of the term.""Hurrah! Hurrah! Supper!" she cried. "Your committee must keep, Janet. Now for the satisfaction of rampant, raging curiosity. Dolly, will you race me to the house?"
"Am I ever hard to my pupils, my love?"
"Here, Miss O'Hara," she said good-naturedly, "here's a lovely slice of lamb; and I saved some peas for you. Them young ladies always do make a rush on the peas, but I secured some in time. I'll bring you some cherry tart presently, miss, and some whipped cream. You eat a good dinner, miss, and forget your[Pg 67] troubles; oh, dear! I don't like to see young ladies in punishment—and that I don't!"
"But your castle isn't half a mile big," said Katie, another small girl. "And you did say your father lived there with you, and, of course, there must have been some servants."