"My conduct? What have I done?"[Pg 70]
"Yes, Janet, she's pretty and she's rich, and she's destitute of fear. She is quite certain to have her own party in the school. I repeat," continued Olive, "that there is no weakness in Bridget. I grant that she is about the most irritating creature I know, but weak she is not."
"O Janey," exclaimed two of the other girls in a breath, "a committee does sound so absurdly formal."
CHAPTER III. RIBBONS AND ROSES.The children disappeared in as frantic haste to be off as they were a few minutes ago to arrive.
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Janet was there, busily preparing her French lesson for M. le Comte. She was a very ambitious girl, and was determined to carry off as many prizes as possible at the coming midsummer examinations. She scarcely raised her eyes when Olive appeared.
Bridget's face turned very white. She looked wildly toward the door, then at the window."Are you going to be cross when you find I don't know your sort of things?"
"I believe I am more frightened than hurt," said Miss Percival, struggling to sit up, and smiling at Mrs. Freeman, "I'm so awfully sorry that I've lost my[Pg 51] nerve. Where am I? what has happened? I only remember Caspar turning right round and looking at me, and some people shouting, and then the carriage went over, and I cannot recall anything more. But I don't think—no—I am sure I am not seriously hurt."