Miss O'Hara stooped carelessly to pick it up. "Poor little bud!" she said, laying it on her hand. "But there are such a lot of you—such a lot! Still, it seems a pity to crush your sweetness out."
"Command me?" said Bridget, her nostrils dilating.
She had not passed a pleasant morning, however, and this plan scarcely commended itself to her."And you also dislike poor Bridget? I can't imagine why you take such strong prejudices."Janet, accompanied by Olive and Ruth, was pacing slowly backward and forward under some shady trees. Her satellites were devoted to her, and Janet's slender figure was very erect, and her manner somewhat dictatorial. Dorothy Collingwood was not to be seen, she had evidently gone to join Evelyn upstairs. The girls of the middle school were preparing to exert themselves over more than one tennis match. The smaller children were going down to the shore.
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With each fresh study Bridget showed the queer[Pg 36] vagaries of a really clever mind run more or less to seed. She did everything in a dramatic, excitable style—she was all on wires, scarcely ever still, laughing one moment, weeping the next; the school had never known such a time as it underwent during the first week of her residence among them.
"Poor girl!" said Evelyn, a wistful expression coming into her eyes.She ran lightly down the grassy slope, and touched Dorothy on her 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."
"Change my dress! Now I really don't understand you. Am I to come down in my dressing-gown?"
"I have some more things to say. I must get you, Bridget, before you leave this room, to make a promise."
"Oh, oh, oh! if you're going to take her part, that is the last straw."