"I don't think I shall like school," she said, "but I'll do anything you wish me to do, dearest Dorothy."
All that could possibly happen would be a little fright for Evelyn, and a larger measure of disgrace for Bridget. And why should Janet interfere? Why should she tell tales of her schoolfellows? Her story would be misinterpreted by that faction of the girls who already had made Bridget their idol.
"Hadn't they got leave to come to meet me?"
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"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.
Her first impulse was to open the door of her prison and go boldly out."O Janey," exclaimed two of the other girls in a breath, "a committee does sound so absurdly formal."Janet turned away, and a moment later reached the door of the schoolroom, where she was joined by Olive and Ruth. "Come," she said to them, and the three girls disappeared, only too glad to vent their feelings in the passage outside the schoolroom. Dorothy Collingwood lingered behind her companions. "Never mind," she said to Biddy, "it is rude of Janet to leave you, but she is sometimes a little erratic in her movements. It is a way our Janey has, and of course no one is silly enough to mind her.""Pardon me for disturbing you," she said; "I did not know anyone was in the schoolroom at present."
She went downstairs and entered her own private sitting room. It was now half-past eleven o'clock, and morning school was over. The weather was too hot for regular walks, and the girls were disporting themselves according to their own will and pleasure on the lawns and in the beautiful grounds which surrounded the school.[Pg 21]
"You were not miserable yesterday."
The children disappeared in as frantic haste to be off as they were a few minutes ago to arrive.
She looked at her friend with a cool, critical eye.