"Faix, then, it does, honey. I'm all agog to see this lovely queen. Why has she been absent so long? Doesn't Mrs. Freeman require any lessons of the sweet creature? Oh, then, it's I that would like to be in her shoes, if that's the case."The girls took their places at the table—grace was said, and the meal began.
Tears rolled down her cheeks as she thought of this plan; but, in the first place, she had no idea how to manage it, and, what was a far more serious obstacle, her little sealskin purse, her father's last present, was empty.
"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."Janet was the heart and soul of everything. She was a girl with a great deal of independence of character; she was not destitute of ambition—she was remarkable for common sense—she was sharp in her manner, downright in her words, and capable, painstaking, and energetic in all she did.She looked at the merry group on the lawn, and a desire to join them, even though of course she knew she was in no sense one of them, came over her."Don't say 'good gracious,' Bridget; it's a very ugly way of expressing yourself. You have learnt something, haven't you?"
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She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.
"Let me go," said the head mistress."It's a distinct insult," began Dolly. "I disapprove—I disapprove."
CHAPTER IV. THE QUEEN OF THE SCHOOL.
There was a sound, a commotion. Several steps were heard; eager voices were raised in expostulation and distress.