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."Yes, Olive; I'm very busy. Do you want anything?""Thanks!" said Janet calmly.
"I ought not to speak," said Dorothy, turning very red, "but if you are going to be hard on Bridget——""Pardon me for disturbing you," she said; "I did not know anyone was in the schoolroom at present."She was beginning to collect her somewhat scattered thoughts, when the door was opened suddenly, and, to her surprise, Mrs. Freeman came into the room.
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"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."
"No, Bridget, you cannot. You have been sent here to be under my care, and you must remain with me at least until the end of the term.""Pardon me for disturbing you," she said; "I did not know anyone was in the schoolroom at present."
"Oh, but I hate self-denial, and that dreadful motto—'No cross, no crown.' I'm like a butterfly—I can't live without sunshine. Papa agrees with me that sunshine is necessary for life.""She has been ill, Biddy," said Violet. "Evelyn has been ill, but she is better now; she's coming back to-night. We are all glad, for we all love her."
"I'm very busy, Olive; I wish you'd go away!"