Janet sprang from her seat with apparent alacrity.Bridget's excitable eager words were broken by sobs; tears poured out of her lovely eyes, her hands clasped Dorothy's with fervor.
[Pg 59]"Yes, my love, or she would not be returning."
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"I ought not to speak," said Dorothy, turning very red, "but if you are going to be hard on Bridget——"
The door was opened, and a neatly dressed servant of the name of Marshall entered, bearing a dinner tray.
Dorothy, Bridget, and a number of the girls of the lower school were walking up and down a broad road which led to the shore. They were talking and laughing. The smaller girls were dancing and running about in their eagerness. Some very funny proposal had undoubtedly been made, and much explosive mirth was the result.
Janet ran out of the room. Her heart was beating hard and fast. Should she tell Mrs. Freeman what Olive had just confided to her, that Bridget and a number of the smaller children of the school had rushed down the road to meet Evelyn, carrying boughs in their hands, and doubtless shouting loudly in their glee?