"Quite right, Janet, I am glad you are so industrious. I won't disturb you for more than a minute, my love. I just want to look out of this window. It is the only one that commands a view of the road from Eastcliff. Evelyn ought to be here by now.""I shall look to you to help me with this wild Irish girl," she said with a smile. "Now, go to your lessons, my dear."She did not attempt to rise to her feet, however, and Mrs. Freeman was far too much absorbed to take any further notice of her."I shall look to you to help me with this wild Irish girl," she said with a smile. "Now, go to your lessons, my dear."
For some reason her companions, both old and young in the school, had taken upon themselves to cut her.
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"I don't think I ought to listen to you, Bridget."By this time the preparations for the Fancy Fair were in active progress. Janet May had obtained her own wish with regard to the Committee, each member of which was allowed to choose a band of workers under herself, to make articles for the coming sale.Janet sprang from her seat with apparent alacrity."My dear, I must tell you that I am a little anxious. Hickman took that shying horse, Caspar, to bring Evelyn home. I intended Miss Molly to have been sent for her. Dear Evelyn is still so nervous after her bad illness that I would not for the world have her startled in any way. And really, Caspar gets worse and worse. What is the matter, Janet? You have started now."
"Why, Dorothy Collingwood; she has gone over to the ranks of the enemy."[Pg 64]
CHAPTER VI. CAPTIVITY.
"I don't mean that sort of learning, Bridget. I mean what you acquire from books—grammar, French, music."
"Don't do that, Bridget," said Miss Patience; "you are disturbing me."