"I could not help myself," replied Dorothy. "You know, of course, Janet, what Bridget did last night?""The wind dropped as if it were dead. After screeching as if it had the tongues of hundreds of Furies, it was mummer than the timidest mouse that ever crept. The Castle ceased to rock; it was the suddenest and [Pg 42]deadest calm you could possibly imagine. It was miles more frightful than the storm. Just then there came a little puff of a breeze out of the solid stone wall, and out went my candle."
"Love me," she pleaded; "do love me, for I love you."
CHAPTER V. BREAKING IN A WILD COLT.For the first time there was a faint hesitation in her manner.
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In about ten minutes' time Bridget came into the room without knocking. Her hat was still swinging on her arm; there was a wild-rose color on her cheeks; her eyes had a certain excited, untamed gleam in them.
She used this tongue most frequently on Bridget O'Hara, but for the first time she was met by a wondering, puzzled, good-humored, and non-comprehending gaze."Well, dear, you are not to blame. I shall take you to Eastcliff this afternoon, and order some plain dresses to be made up for you.""When she can," replied Bridget. Her hands dropped to her sides. She lowered her eyes; her proud lips were firmly shut.
"Nonsense, Evelyn. They disobeyed my most stringent orders. Are they not to be blamed for that?"
She ran lightly down the grassy slope, and touched Dorothy on her arm.
She was not present, however, and did not, indeed, put in an appearance in the breakfast room until the meal was half over.
"Well, Marshall, I'll see what I can do. I must join Miss May now, for we have something important to decide, but I won't forget your words."