"That's as bad as the other expression, Bridget.""Run back to your companions this minute, miss," said Olive Moore. "You're getting to be a perfect tittle-tattle, Violet. There, I'm not angry, child, but you must learn not to talk about everything you see."
Bridget moved restlessly. She looked out of the window. The sun was shining brilliantly, and the grass under the big shady trees looked particularly inviting.
"Now, my dear child, will you come into the house with me? I ought to be in the schoolroom now."
"And if she happens to fancy Bridget she won't mind[Pg 40] a word we say against her. She never does mind what anyone says. You know that, Janet."[Pg 33]"Bridget, my dear, before you come into the schoolroom I must request that you go upstairs and change your dress."
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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.
Bridget's arms were flung impulsively round her governess's neck, and then one hand was tucked within the good lady's arm.[Pg 28]
"The dogs?" asked Dorothy, interested in spite of herself.
"I shall do nothing to-night," said Mrs. Freeman. "But to-morrow, after morning school, I must speak to Bridget. Her conduct during that interview will more or less decide what steps I must take."
"Yes; does not a mistress always command her pupils?"
"But you look queer. Are you frightened about anything?"
Bridget raised her brows the tenth of an inch. The faintest shadow of surprise crossed her sweet, happy face. Then she walked down the long room, nodding and smiling to the girls.
The door was closed then, and Bridget O'Hara found herself alone.