Dorothy detached herself from Bridget's clinging arm, and ran quickly up the sloping lawn.
"It's most mournful to see her, poor dear!" she muttered. "She's fat and strong and hearty, but I know by the shape of her mouth that she's that obstinate she won't touch any food, and she won't give in to obey Mrs. Freeman, not if it's ever so. I do pity her, poor dear, and it aint only for the sake of the things she gives me. Now let me see, aint there anyone I can speak to about her? Oh, there's Miss Dorothy Collingwood, she aint quite so 'aughty as the other young ladies; I think I will try her, and see ef she couldn't bring the poor dear to see reason."
"Only the head girl of the school," remarked Dolly in a soft tone. "But of course a person of not the smallest consequence. Well, Janet, what next?"[Pg 68]
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After a little pause, during which neither mistress nor pupil spoke, the pupil raised her head.[Pg 65]"Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court.""Yes, what is it?"
"I'm very busy, Olive; I wish you'd go away!""I hope not, Bridget."
"How can I possibly tell you, Miss O'Hara?" she replied. "You are a tall girl. Perhaps you are seventeen, although you look more."
"Well," said Janet, "if you insist on spoiling everything, girls, you must. You know what Evelyn is."
"Thank God for that, my darling," said Mrs. Freeman. She put her arm round the young girl, kissed her tenderly, and drew her away from Bridget.
An audible titter was heard down the table, and Mrs. Freeman turned somewhat red.