After a little pause, during which neither mistress nor pupil spoke, the pupil raised her head."Oh, if you take it up in that way," said Olive; but her words had a faint sound about them—she was a girl who was easily impressed either for good or evil.
"Oh, I'll come to that by and by; now about Miss O'Hara. Janet, I deny that she's weak."
Evelyn gave a very faint sigh, and turning her head looked out of the window.
"Faix, then, it does, honey. I'm all agog to see this lovely queen. Why has she been absent so long? Doesn't Mrs. Freeman require any lessons of the sweet creature? Oh, then, it's I that would like to be in her shoes, if that's the case.""What poor dear young lady?""Bridget, do look," said Mrs. Freeman; "you have trodden on that lovely bud!"Bridget dropped back into her seat with a profound sigh. Presently the dinner gong sounded, and Miss Patience put away her papers and accounts, and shutting up her desk, prepared to leave the room. Bridget got up too. "I am glad that is dinner," she said; "I'm awfully hungry. May I go up to my room to tidy myself, Miss Patience?"
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A couple of maids had been seen carrying a new trunk upstairs, or old Piper had been discovered crawling down the avenue with his shaky cab, and shakier horse, and then the new girl had appeared at tea-time and been formally introduced, and if she were shy had got over it as best she could, and had soon discovered her place in class, and there was an end of the matter.
"May I go with the others?" asked Miss O'Hara."Why, Dorothy Collingwood; she has gone over to the ranks of the enemy."
CHAPTER IV. THE QUEEN OF THE SCHOOL.
"I'm sick of the new girl," said Janet; "if you are going to talk about her I shall go into the house; I want to look over my French preparation. M. le Comte is coming to-morrow morning, and he is so frightfully over-particular that I own I'm a little afraid of him."