Should she run away altogether? Should she walk to Eastcliff and take the next train to London, and then, trusting to chance, and to the kindness of strangers, endeavor to find her way back to the dear and loving shores of the old country, and so back again to the beloved home?
Bridget could certainly not return home without money.
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?Ruth clapped her hands.
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"Janet, I wish you would not speak in that bitter way."
[Pg 28]She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.
"Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court."While Marshall was speaking she looked down at the pretty and rebellious young prisoner with marked interest."I don't mind your kissing me, Bridget, only does not it seem a little soon—I have not known you many minutes yet?"
"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.
The next morning, after breakfast, Mrs. Freeman went upstairs to sit with her favorite Evelyn.
"Please remember——" she began.