"I hate school," she said. "I want to go back to the Castle. Can I go to-day?"
"And there's such a fuss made about her, too," interrupted Olive. "A carriage and pair sent to meet her, forsooth, and a separate room for the darling to sleep in. It was good-natured of you to stay with her, Dolly;[Pg 25] I assure you Ruth, and Janet, and I could not have borne another moment of her society."
"I think I understand you, Dorothy," said Mrs. Freeman. "Kiss me!"
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Uncharitable talk about others ceased when Evelyn drew near. Selfishness slunk away ashamed."Yes, my dear, what is it?"
"The wind dropped as if it were dead. After screeching as if it had the tongues of hundreds of Furies, it was mummer than the timidest mouse that ever crept. The Castle ceased to rock; it was the suddenest and [Pg 42]deadest calm you could possibly imagine. It was miles more frightful than the storm. Just then there came a little puff of a breeze out of the solid stone wall, and out went my candle."The children disappeared in as frantic haste to be off as they were a few minutes ago to arrive.