It really was too absurd. Janet could not help fidgeting almost audibly.Mrs. Freeman could scarcely restrain her impatience.Oh, yes, she ought to tell; and yet—and yet——
"Yes, you will. You'll soon learn to control your tongue and to speak in a ladylike way.""Do try not to make such a fool of yourself," repeated Janet, angrily, in her ear."She has been ill, Biddy," said Violet. "Evelyn has been ill, but she is better now; she's coming back to-night. We are all glad, for we all love her."For the first time there was a faint hesitation in her manner.
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On this special night in the mid-term the girls who were ignominiously obliged to retire to their bedrooms felt a sorer sense of being left out than ever.
It really was too absurd. Janet could not help fidgeting almost audibly."When will that be?"On this special night in the mid-term the girls who were ignominiously obliged to retire to their bedrooms felt a sorer sense of being left out than ever.
The summer sounds came in to her, for the window of her dull room was open, the birds were twittering in the trees, innumerable doves were cooing; there was the gentle, soft whisper of the breeze, the cackling of motherly hens, the lowing of cows, and, far away beyond and over them, the insistent, ceaseless whisper of the gentle waves on the shore."Well," said Janet, "if you insist on spoiling everything, girls, you must. You know what Evelyn is.""Will you have some fruit?" she said coldly, laying[Pg 14] a restraining hand as she spoke on the girl's beflowered and embroidered dress.
Marshall had to be comforted with this rather dubious speech, and Dorothy ran on to join Janet.
"As to disliking Miss O'Hara, it's more a case of despising; she's beneath my dislike."
"But your castle isn't half a mile big," said Katie, another small girl. "And you did say your father lived there with you, and, of course, there must have been some servants."