The carriage lay smashed a couple of hundred yards from the gates of the avenue."And if she happens to fancy Bridget she won't mind[Pg 40] a word we say against her. She never does mind what anyone says. You know that, Janet."
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.
"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."
Janet did not say any more. She bent forward, ostensibly to renew her studies, in reality to hide a jealous feeling which surged up in her heart.As she was approaching the house she was met by Miss Delicia, who stopped to speak kindly to her."No, Bridget, you are to stay here; your dinner will be brought to you." Bridget flushed crimson.
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"No!" said Bridget. "She says they aren't good for you, so you shan't have them. Let's think of some more fun. Who's that new girl, who, you say, is going to arrive to-night?"CHAPTER V. BREAKING IN A WILD COLT.
"You know perfectly well what I mean," she answered; "you know who the enemy is—at least you know who is your enemy."
"I never knew before that I had an enemy," said Janet, in her guarded voice.
"Never mind, it is the correct thing to do. In a matter of this kind we are nothing if we are not businesslike. Now, who is coming to interrupt us?"