The door was opened, and a neatly dressed servant of the name of Marshall entered, bearing a dinner tray.
The door was closed then, and Bridget O'Hara found herself alone.
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"Yes, my dear, what is it?"On this special night in the mid-term the girls who were ignominiously obliged to retire to their bedrooms felt a sorer sense of being left out than ever.
"But your castle isn't half a mile big," said Katie, another small girl. "And you did say your father lived there with you, and, of course, there must have been some servants.""I don't think I ought to listen to you, Bridget."
"Then go and ask, darling. Find Mrs. Freeman, and ask her; it's so easily done."
"I shan't allow her to be persecuted," said Dorothy, with some firmness. "She's the most innocent creature I ever met in my life. Fancy a girl of her age, who has simply never had a rebuff, who has been petted, loved, made much of all her days, who looks at you with the absolute fearlessness of a baby, and talks out her mind as contentedly and frankly as a bird sings its song. I grant she's an anomaly, but I'm not going to be the one to teach her how cruel the world can be."
"Is she? I love her—she is a sweet darling! And you really want me to love you, Mrs. Freeman? Well, then, I will. Take a hug now—there, that's comfortable."
"I do, my love. But your truest happiness is not secured by giving you your own way in everything."