After two or three applications the injured girl stirred faintly, a shade of color came into her cheeks, and she opened her eyes."Yes, what a loud, metallic sound! We have such a dear old eight-day clock at the Castle; it's said to be quite a hundred years old, and I'm certain it's haunted. My dear Dolly, to hear that clock boom forth the hour at midnight would make the stoutest heart quail."
"Pardon me for disturbing you," she said; "I did not know anyone was in the schoolroom at present."
"How can I possibly guess?""Yes, Olive; I'm very busy. Do you want anything?""The precious love, how nicely she talks, and how I love her gentle, refined words. But, darling, I'm not going to bed, for I'm not tired."
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Dorothy Collingwood ran after Mrs. Freeman.
"Oh, my dear, ought you not to be asleep?" exclaimed Miss Patience in thin, anxious tones from the other end of the board, while Miss Delicia ran up to the girl and took one of her dimpled white hands in hers."You were not miserable yesterday."
"After all, what does the Fancy Fair signify—I[Pg 5] mean—oh, don't be shocked, girls—I mean, what does it signify compared to a real living present interest? While we are discussing what is to take place in six weeks' time, Mrs. Freeman and Miss Patience are driving up the avenue with somebody else. Girls, the new inmate of Mulberry Court has begun to put in an appearance on the scene.""Oh, miss, it's that poor dear young lady."
There was a movement of chairs, and a general rising.