[Pg 61]A loud booming sound filled the air.The child's words were almost incoherent. Alice, who was not quite so excitable, began to pour out a queer story.
"And so do I"—"And I"—cried both Ruth and Olive.
"Well, Dolly, have you got rid of that horrible incubus of a girl at last? What a trial she will be in the school! She's the most ill-bred creature I ever met in my life. What can Mrs. Freeman mean by taking her in? Of course, she cannot even pretend to be a lady."
"The wind dropped as if it were dead. After screeching as if it had the tongues of hundreds of Furies, it was mummer than the timidest mouse that ever crept. The Castle ceased to rock; it was the suddenest and [Pg 42]deadest calm you could possibly imagine. It was miles more frightful than the storm. Just then there came a little puff of a breeze out of the solid stone wall, and out went my candle.""She was interceding for Bridget," said Dorothy.CHAPTER V. BREAKING IN A WILD COLT.
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"I won't eat any dinner in this horrid room," she said; "I think I have been treated shamefully. If my dinner is sent to me I won't eat it."
"No, it was that wild Irish girl's doing. I really don't know what to do with her.""That I was to take you round and introduce you to a few companions," continued Janet hastily. "Miss Collingwood, Miss O'Hara—Miss Moore, Miss O'Hara—Miss Bury, Miss O'Hara. Now I have done my duty. If you like to see the common room for yourself, you can go straight through this folding door, turn to your left, see a large room directly facing you; go into it, and you will find yourself in the common room. Now, good-night."
"We won't discuss the whys nor the wherefores; the fact remains that I do dislike her."She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good.
After a little pause, during which neither mistress nor pupil spoke, the pupil raised her head.
"Nonsense, Janet, you know you're one of the best French scholars in the school. You won't get out of answering my question by that flimsy excuse. Don't you hate Miss O'Hara?"