"My dears," said Mrs. Freeman, answering the looks on all faces, "your young companion's extraordinary conduct can only be explained by the fact that she has never been at school before. I am going out to the garden to speak to her. You girls will now go as usual to your separate schoolrooms and commence study."Marshall departed, and Bridget lifted the cover from her plate and looked at the nice hot lamb and green peas.
A couple of maids had been seen carrying a new trunk upstairs, or old Piper had been discovered crawling down the avenue with his shaky cab, and shakier horse, and then the new girl had appeared at tea-time and been formally introduced, and if she were shy had got over it as best she could, and had soon discovered her place in class, and there was an end of the matter.
[Pg 66]"But I'm all right to-day," said Evelyn, in her bright voice. "I don't feel any bad effects whatever from my accident. I can't think why I was so stupid as to faint, and give you a fright. I ought really to have more control over my nerves.""Oh, miss, it's that poor dear young lady."
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[Pg 38]"There, thank Heaven, I haven't killed her!" exclaimed Bridget.She was in every sense of the word an untamed creature; she was like a wild bird who had just been caught and put into a cage.Dorothy Collingwood ran after Mrs. Freeman.
"What do you mean, Olive?" Olive turned and looked at Janet."Well, dear, well! half a mile is a figure of speech. That's a way we have in Ireland—we figure of speech everything; it's much more graphic. Now, to go on. I was running up the stairs with my candle, and the wind rushing after me like mad, and the Castle rocking as if it were in an agony, when—— What do you think happened?"
After two or three applications the injured girl stirred faintly, a shade of color came into her cheeks, and she opened her eyes.
Janet turned away, and Olive was obliged to look out for a fresh companion to attach herself to.