Mrs. Freeman took her unwilling hand, led her into Miss Patience's dull little sitting room, which only[Pg 63] looked out upon the back yard, and, shutting the door behind her, left her to her own meditations.CHAPTER IV. THE QUEEN OF THE SCHOOL.
She was coming at mid-term, which in itself was rather exceptional.
"Much I cared for that when I had a chance of seeing her," remarked Violet. "I did get a splendid peep. She's awfully tall, and she was splendidly dressed; and O Dolly! O Ruthie! O Janey! she's just lovely!""I want us to utilize our opportunities," said Janet. "We have a few minutes all to ourselves to discuss the[Pg 7] Fancy Fair, and we fritter it away on that tiresome new girl."
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"How disagreeable! I can't live without flowers. I suppose papa will not expect me to stay if I don't like the place?""Yes, you will. You'll soon learn to control your tongue and to speak in a ladylike way."
[Pg 61]"No, it was that wild Irish girl's doing. I really don't know what to do with her.""Janet!"
"No, it was that wild Irish girl's doing. I really don't know what to do with her."
A sense of disappointment was over them all, for the new girl upon whom their present thoughts were centered had not put in an appearance—nothing was said about her—Mrs. Freeman looked as tranquil as usual, Miss Patience as white and anxious, Miss Delicia as good-natured and downy.