For the first time there was a faint hesitation in her manner.[Pg 56]"Oh, I'll come to that by and by; now about Miss O'Hara. Janet, I deny that she's weak."
"But you look queer. Are you frightened about anything?"
The Fair was the great event to which the girls looked forward, and in the first excitement of such an unusual proceeding each of them worked with a will.Bridget stood by the window, but she heard none of these soothing sounds. Her spoilt, childish heart was in the most open state of rebellion and revolt.
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She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good."Oh, she's telling a story," whispered Olive under her breath. She settled herself contentedly to listen.
Marshall reappeared with the asparagus and cherry tart.
"I wish you'd go away, child!" said Janet in a decidedly cross tone. "What are all you small girls doing out and about at this hour? Surely it's time for you to be in bed. What can Miss Marshall be about not to have fetched you before now?"
She called Bridget's name, but the wind, which was rather high this morning, carried her voice away from the young girl, who was gayly flitting from one rosebush [Pg 30]to another, ruthlessly pulling the large, full-blown flowers with buds attached.
For some reason her companions, both old and young in the school, had taken upon themselves to cut her.