The door was opened, and a neatly dressed servant of the name of Marshall entered, bearing a dinner tray."Patience," said Mrs. Freeman, from her end of the supper table, "I think we have all finished. Will you say grace?"
She was a dependable girl—clever up to a certain point, nice to those with whom she agreed, [Pg 37]affectionate to the people who did not specially prize her affection.
"Very well, if it must be so, but I shall be very miserable, and misery soon makes me ill."Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.
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"Well, Dolly, have you got rid of that horrible incubus of a girl at last? What a trial she will be in the school! She's the most ill-bred creature I ever met in my life. What can Mrs. Freeman mean by taking her in? Of course, she cannot even pretend to be a lady."
"Look, dear," said the governess. "What is that distant speck? I am so terribly near-sighted that I cannot make out whether it is a carriage or cart of some sort.""That I was to take you round and introduce you to a few companions," continued Janet hastily. "Miss Collingwood, Miss O'Hara—Miss Moore, Miss O'Hara—Miss Bury, Miss O'Hara. Now I have done my duty. If you like to see the common room for yourself, you can go straight through this folding door, turn to your left, see a large room directly facing you; go into it, and you will find yourself in the common room. Now, good-night."
The girls took their places at the table—grace was said, and the meal began.
"Bridget, my dear, before you come into the schoolroom I must request that you go upstairs and change your dress."