The school stood on the side of a hill, which faced downward to the sea. Its aspect was south, and it was sheltered from the east and west winds by a thick plantation of young trees, which looked green and fresh in the spring, and were beginning already to afford a delightful shade in hot weather."Well, I'm here," she said; "what is it?" She still used that half-mocking, indifferent voice.
The governess took it without a word, and opening it applied it to Evelyn's nostrils."Well, let's settle to business now," said Ruth; "I'm sure I'm more than willing. Who has got a pencil and paper?""My dear," she said, "I cannot grant your request. You have been sent to me by your father. He wishes you to stay here as long as you are well in body. You are quite well, Bridget; you must therefore make up your mind, whether you like school or whether you hate it, to remain here until the end of the term."
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[Pg 33]"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."
"Pain and anxiety! I like that! You are just angry with me—that's about all!"
"Bridget, do look," said Mrs. Freeman; "you have trodden on that lovely bud!"
"I think I understand you, Dorothy," said Mrs. Freeman. "Kiss me!"
Miss Percival's accident, and Bridget O'Hara's share in it, were the subjects of conversation not only that night, but the next morning.
"And now," she said, turning to her two sisters, "the question of questions is this: what is to be done with Bridget O'Hara? Is she to continue at Mulberry Court after such a daring act of disobedience? Must the safety of the other scholars be sacrificed to her?"