"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.""I'm sick of the new girl," said Janet; "if you are going to talk about her I shall go into the house; I want to look over my French preparation. M. le Comte is coming to-morrow morning, and he is so frightfully over-particular that I own I'm a little afraid of him."
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.CHAPTER III. RIBBONS AND ROSES.
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Bridget's excitable eager words were broken by sobs; tears poured out of her lovely eyes, her hands clasped Dorothy's with fervor."Good gracious me!" exclaimed Bridget O'Hara, "am I to be dumb during breakfast, dinner, and tea? I don't know a word of German. Why, I'll die if I can't chatter. It's a way we have in Ireland. We must talk."
For some reason her companions, both old and young in the school, had taken upon themselves to cut her.After a little pause, during which neither mistress nor pupil spoke, the pupil raised her head.
As she was approaching the house she was met by Miss Delicia, who stopped to speak kindly to her.
"I don't believe she's a new schoolgirl at all," cried Ruth; "she's just a visitor come to stay for a day or two with Mrs. Freeman. No schoolgirl that ever[Pg 6] breathed would dare to present such a young lady, grown-up appearance. There, girls, don't let's waste any more time over her; let's turn our attention to the much more important matter of the Fancy Fair."
"O Janey," exclaimed two of the other girls in a breath, "a committee does sound so absurdly formal."