"Miss Collingwood," said Marshall, in a timid whisper, "might I say a word to you, miss?""Sit there, Miss O'Hara, please," said Mrs. Freeman. She tried to suppress a smile, which was difficult. "Girls," she said, addressing the fifth and sixth forms, "girls, this young lady is your new schoolfellow—her name is Bridget O'Hara. I meant to introduce her to you formally to-morrow, but she has taken the matter into her own hands. I am glad you are not tired, Miss O'Hara, for you have had a very long journey."
Her first impulse was to open the door of her prison and go boldly out.
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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.Bridget slipped her hand into her pocket, and pulled out an exquisitely embossed vinaigrette.
"And so do I"—"And I"—cried both Ruth and Olive.She was not present, however, and did not, indeed, put in an appearance in the breakfast room until the meal was half over.
"I'm afraid I have some unpleasant things to talk about, Miss O'Hara," she said. "But, before I begin, I must distinctly request you to remember that you are a young girl in the presence of the lady who has been appointed by your father to guide, direct, and command you."
"O Janey," exclaimed two of the other girls in a breath, "a committee does sound so absurdly formal."