She leant back, therefore, in her chair and reflected with a sad sort of pleasure on the sorrow which her father would feel when he learnt that she had almost died of hunger and exhaustion at this cruel school.
The girls took their places at the table—grace was said, and the meal began."I must have a cupboard like that," said Biddy. "Why, it's perfectly delicious!"
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"But why will you dislike our dear Evelyn?"She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good.Ruth clapped her hands.
"Bridget, you are incorrigible. If kindness won't make you see that you are bound in honor to obey me, I must try punishment. Wretched child, I don't wish to be hard to you, but do what I say, you must!"
She entered the room, then, in a long white embroidered dress, looped up here, there, and everywhere with sky-blue ribbons. It was a charming toilet, and most becoming to its wearer, but absolutely unsuitable for schoolroom work.