"She was interceding for Bridget," said Dorothy.Dorothy could not restrain her laughter.
"It's a distinct insult," began Dolly. "I disapprove—I disapprove."
The next morning, after breakfast, Mrs. Freeman went upstairs to sit with her favorite Evelyn."No, not very. The younger girls were fond of me, and Dorothy Collingwood was nice."Mrs. Freeman breathed a sigh of relief.
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"As to disliking Miss O'Hara, it's more a case of despising; she's beneath my dislike.""Janet," said Mrs. Freeman, "come here for a [Pg 47]moment. I want you to use your young eyes. Do you see any carriage coming down the hill?""Oh, well; it's all the same," said Olive. "You won't admit the feeling that animates your breast, but I know that it is there, chérie. Now I have got something to confess on my own account—I don't like her either.""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."
"Nothing," replied Janet. "I—I—shall I run out to the front, Mrs. Freeman, and listen if I can hear the carriage? You can hear it a very long way off from the brow of the hill."
"But your father cannot pay for your disobedience—for the bad example you have set the little children, for the pain and anxiety you have given me."
"I am sorry for you also, my dear. I earnestly desire that you should be a good girl, for the girl is the mother of the woman, and a good girl makes that admirable and priceless treasure—a good woman by and by."
"I wish you'd say what you think about Bridget. Isn't she past enduring, getting all the little ones to disobey like this? Why, she might be expelled! Yes, Janet; yes, I'm going. You needn't look at me as if you'd like to eat me!"
"May I go with the others?" asked Miss O'Hara.