"I must break you in gradually, dear," she said. "As this is your first day at school you need not do any lessons, but you must come with me presently to the schoolroom in order that I may find out something about your attainments."
"You know perfectly well what I mean," she answered; "you know who the enemy is—at least you know who is your enemy."
When the servant answered her summons, she desired her to ask Miss O'Hara to come to her immediately.
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"Change my dress! Now I really don't understand you. Am I to come down in my dressing-gown?"
"Are you going to be cross when you find I don't know your sort of things?"She scrutinized Olive's face now, a slightly satirical expression hovering round her somewhat thin lips.
She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.
What would the new girl be like? Was she rich or poor, handsome or ugly, tall or short, dark or fair? Why did she come in the middle of the term, and why did Mrs. Freeman, and Miss Delicia, and Miss Patience make such a fuss about her?
"Don't shake me so, Vi, my honey; I'm coming to the exciting place—now then. Well, as I was going up the stairs all quite lonely, and by myself, never a soul within half a mile of me——"