She was not a specially clever girl, nevertheless she was now, in virtue of her seniority, and a certain painstaking determination, which made her capable of mastering her studies, at the head of the school."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?"
Olive Moore belonged to the toadying faction in the school. Toadies, however, can be useful, and Janet was by no means above making use of Olive in case of need.
"What about Evelyn?" inquired Dorothy.All this time Miss Percival, the head girl of the school, was absent. She had been ill, and had gone home for a short change. She did not return until Bridget had been at the Court a fortnight.
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"It is delightful to have you back again," said Mrs. Freeman, bending over her pupil and kissing her. "And really, Evelyn, you look almost well. Oh, my dear child, what a fright I got about you last night.""I don't agree with you," answered Olive. "Strength shows itself in many forms. Miss O'Hara is pretty."
"And we are not allowed to go out of the grounds by ourselves," cried several other voices.CHAPTER I. CURIOSITY.
The carriage lay smashed a couple of hundred yards from the gates of the avenue.
"I do, my love. But your truest happiness is not secured by giving you your own way in everything."