The girls entered the wide, long dining hall and immediately took their places at the table.They were both undressing when she entered the room this evening, but the moment she appeared they rushed to her and began an eager torrent of words.
"I don't think I shall like school," she said, "but I'll do anything you wish me to do, dearest Dorothy."
"He'll be sorry he sent me; he'll be sorry he listened to Aunt Kathleen," she said to herself.
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Bridget's arms were flung impulsively round her governess's neck, and then one hand was tucked within the good lady's arm.
"I don't mean that, miss; I mean that perhaps you'd talk to Miss Bridget, and persuade her to do whatever Mrs. Freeman says is right. I don't know what that is, of course, but you has a very kind way, Miss Dorothy,[Pg 71] and ef you would speak to Miss O'Hara, maybe she'd listen to you."In about ten minutes' time Bridget came into the room without knocking. Her hat was still swinging on her arm; there was a wild-rose color on her cheeks; her eyes had a certain excited, untamed gleam in them."Dear Janey, you always were the soul of sense," remarked Dorothy, in a somewhat languid voice. "For my part I pity those poor little mites, Violet and the rest of them. I know they are just as curious with regard to the issue of events as we are, and yet I can see them at this moment, with my mental vision, being driven like sheep into the fold. They'll be in bed, poor mites, when we are satisfying our curiosity."
But this new girl was not following out any of the old precedents."Oh, but I hate self-denial, and that dreadful motto—'No cross, no crown.' I'm like a butterfly—I can't live without sunshine. Papa agrees with me that sunshine is necessary for life."
"And we are not allowed to go out of the grounds by ourselves," cried several other voices.
"Oh, she's telling a story," whispered Olive under her breath. She settled herself contentedly to listen.