Janet was never known to lose her temper, but she had a sarcastic tongue, and people did not like to lay themselves open to the cutting remarks which often and unsparingly fell from her lips.
Notwithstanding these various criticisms, the carriage with its occupants calmly pursued its way, and was presently lost to view in the courtyard at the side of the house.
"Yes, but at what?""If she had any strength, she'd be ashamed of her ignorance," retorted Janet."I do, my love. But your truest happiness is not secured by giving you your own way in everything."
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"As to disliking Miss O'Hara, it's more a case of despising; she's beneath my dislike."Mrs. Freeman could see them as she sat in her sitting room.
On this particular day the world ceases to speak in those gentle and submissive tones. With all its grays and its blacks turned full in view, it says: "You are only an atom; there are millions of other human beings to share my good things as well as my evil. After all, I am not your slave, but your mistress; I have made laws, and you have got to obey them. Up to the present I have treated you as a baby, but now I am going to show you what life really means."Mrs. Freeman could see them as she sat in her sitting room.
"I must say one thing," replied Olive, "and then I will turn to a more congenial theme. I hope Evelyn Percival won't take Miss O'Hara's part. You know, Janet, what strong prejudices Evelyn has."
She was beginning to collect her somewhat scattered thoughts, when the door was opened suddenly, and, to her surprise, Mrs. Freeman came into the room.
"But your father cannot pay for your disobedience—for the bad example you have set the little children, for the pain and anxiety you have given me."