"How can I possibly guess?"Mrs. Freeman could not help uttering a faint, inward sigh."No, I can't do that; we have to obey rules at school, and one of our strictest rules is that no girl is to leave her own bedroom without special permission.""Well, and our humble school clock ought to make your heart quail if you don't obey it, Bridget. Seriously speaking, it is my duty to counsel you, as a new girl, to go to bed at once."
"But your castle isn't half a mile big," said Katie, another small girl. "And you did say your father lived there with you, and, of course, there must have been some servants."
"I hate school," she said. "I want to go back to the Castle. Can I go to-day?""It is not the custom at school, my dear child, to make remarks about what we eat. We just take what is put before us. Here's a nice piece of bacon, dear, and some toast. Don't say anything more, I beg, or you will annoy Mrs. Freeman."She scrutinized Olive's face now, a slightly satirical expression hovering round her somewhat thin lips.
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"She was interceding for Bridget," said Dorothy.
"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."