A flash of self-pity filled her eyes, but there was some consolation in reflecting on the fact that no one could force her to eat against her will."I don't think I shall like school," she said, "but I'll do anything you wish me to do, dearest Dorothy."
"Learnt something? I should rather think I have. You question me on dogs, their different breeds, and their complaints! Do you know, Mrs. Freeman, what's the best thing to do for a dog if he shows signs of distemper?"
Mrs. Freeman took her unwilling hand, led her into Miss Patience's dull little sitting room, which only[Pg 63] looked out upon the back yard, and, shutting the door behind her, left her to her own meditations."O Dolly," they exclaimed, running up to their favorite, "she has come—we have seen her! She is very tall, and—and——""Janet, I wish you would not speak in that bitter way."Bridget stood and watched her. Olive kept a little apart, and the smaller girls clustered close together, watching their new friend's face with interest and admiration.
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Mrs. Freeman could not help uttering a faint, inward sigh.
"My dears," said Mrs. Freeman, answering the looks on all faces, "your young companion's extraordinary conduct can only be explained by the fact that she has never been at school before. I am going out to the garden to speak to her. You girls will now go as usual to your separate schoolrooms and commence study."CHAPTER I. CURIOSITY.
A flash of self-pity filled her eyes, but there was some consolation in reflecting on the fact that no one could force her to eat against her will."Do try not to make such a fool of yourself," repeated Janet, angrily, in her ear.
"My attainments! Good gracious, I haven't any!"
There was little use, therefore, in rushing out of her prison to join her companions in their playground or on the shore.