"I can't eat anything, Marshall," said Bridget, shaking her head. "You are kind; I see by your face that you are very kind. When I'm let out of this horrid prison I'll give you some blue ribbon that I have upstairs, and a string of Venetian beads. I dare say you're fond of finery."[Pg 68]
"I believe I am more frightened than hurt," said Miss Percival, struggling to sit up, and smiling at Mrs. Freeman, "I'm so awfully sorry that I've lost my[Pg 51] nerve. Where am I? what has happened? I only remember Caspar turning right round and looking at me, and some people shouting, and then the carriage went over, and I cannot recall anything more. But I don't think—no—I am sure I am not seriously hurt."
The girls were leaving the dining room while these thoughts were flashing through Marshall's mind. Dorothy and Janet May were walking side by side.
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"That you will obey me.""O Dolly," they exclaimed, running up to their favorite, "she has come—we have seen her! She is very tall, and—and——""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."
Mrs. Freeman could not help uttering a faint, inward sigh."Oh, lor, miss, you're too good, but there's that bell again; I must run this minute."
"Miss Collingwood," said Marshall, in a timid whisper, "might I say a word to you, miss?"
"Now, my dear, you are not going to plead for her. I must manage her my own way. I will leave you now, Evelyn. Rest all you can, dear, and if you are very good you may perhaps be allowed to join us at supper."
"What?" said Katie, her eyes growing big with fascination and alarm.
"I certainly want you, Bridget. I am not in the habit of sending for my pupils if I don't wish to speak to them."