"Oh, never mind about bed—I'm not the least sleepy."
"Yes; does not a mistress always command her pupils?"
Ruth clapped her hands.Bridget stood and watched her. Olive kept a little apart, and the smaller girls clustered close together, watching their new friend's face with interest and admiration.
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"There, thank Heaven, I haven't killed her!" exclaimed Bridget."I did not feel tired, Mrs. Freeman," replied the newcomer in an eager, irrepressible sort of voice. "You put me into my room and told me to go to bed, but I didn't want to go to bed. I have had my supper, thank you, so I don't want any more, but I have been dying with curiosity to see the girls. Are these they? Are these my schoolfellows? I never saw a schoolfellow before. They all look pretty much like other[Pg 13] people. How do you do, each and all of you? I'm Bridget O'Hara. May I sit near you, Mrs. Freeman?"
"Now, my dear child, will you come into the house with me? I ought to be in the schoolroom now."
"Yes, darling, I did. Shall we go into the common room now? I'm dying to see it."