Bridget could certainly not return home without money.Miss Collingwood was turning away, when her mistress stretched out her hand and drew her back.
Marshall had to be comforted with this rather dubious speech, and Dorothy ran on to join Janet.
Dorothy shared the same bedroom as Ruth and Olive. Each girl, however, had a compartment to herself, railed in by white dimity curtains, which she could draw or not as she pleased. Dorothy's compartment was the best in the room; it contained a large window looking out over the flower garden, and commanding a good view of the sea. She was very particular about her pretty cubicle, and kept it fresh with flowers, which stood in brackets against the walls."Bridget, my dear, before you come into the schoolroom I must request that you go upstairs and change your dress."
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She leant back, therefore, in her chair and reflected with a sad sort of pleasure on the sorrow which her father would feel when he learnt that she had almost died of hunger and exhaustion at this cruel school.
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."I've had enough," she said, nodding to Mrs. Freeman in her bright way. "I'm going out into the garden now, to pick some roses."She stood for a minute or two, then walked slowly back to the window, out of which her schoolmistress leaned.
The girls entered the wide, long dining hall and immediately took their places at the table.
"I'd punish her very severely," said Miss Patience. "I am sure punishment is what she wants. She ought to be broken in."
"And you also dislike poor Bridget? I can't imagine why you take such strong prejudices."
There was a movement of chairs, and a general rising.