CHAPTER V. BREAKING IN A WILD COLT.She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.Mrs. Freeman breathed a sigh of relief.
"Faix, then, it does, honey. I'm all agog to see this lovely queen. Why has she been absent so long? Doesn't Mrs. Freeman require any lessons of the sweet creature? Oh, then, it's I that would like to be in her shoes, if that's the case."
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Mrs. Freeman could scarcely restrain her impatience."And so do I"—"And I"—cried both Ruth and Olive."Oh, my dear, ought you not to be asleep?" exclaimed Miss Patience in thin, anxious tones from the other end of the board, while Miss Delicia ran up to the girl and took one of her dimpled white hands in hers.
From where they stood they obtained a very distinct although somewhat bird's-eye view of the winding avenue and quickly approaching carriage. Mrs. Freeman's tall and familiar figure was too well known to be worthy, in that supreme moment, of even a passing comment. Miss Patience looked as angular and as like herself as ever; but a girl, who sat facing the two ladies—a girl who wore a large shady hat, and whose light dress and gay ribbons fluttered in the summer breeze—upon this girl the eyes of the four watchers in the "Lookout" tower were fixed with devouring curiosity.
"I don't hear any sound whatever, Mrs. Freeman," she said, "but please don't be alarmed; Evelyn's train may have been late."
"Well, I'm here," she said; "what is it?" She still used that half-mocking, indifferent voice.
"I'm here, Dolly," she said, in her rather wistful manner.
Janet turned away, and Olive was obliged to look out for a fresh companion to attach herself to.