"You remain here, Bridget," she repeated, "until you have promised to obey the rules of the school. No longer and no shorter will be your term of punishment. It remains altogether with yourself how soon you are liberated."
Miss Delicia hurried on, intent on some housewifely mission, and Olive entering the house went down a long stone passage which led to the sixth form schoolroom.Dorothy Collingwood ran after Mrs. Freeman.
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"I don't mean that, miss; I mean that perhaps you'd talk to Miss Bridget, and persuade her to do whatever Mrs. Freeman says is right. I don't know what that is, of course, but you has a very kind way, Miss Dorothy,[Pg 71] and ef you would speak to Miss O'Hara, maybe she'd listen to you."
"Evelyn Percival. Doesn't it sound pretty?""Oh, I am sorry!"Bridget opened her eyes wide, and started at the transformation scene which had taken place during the brief moment she had remained in darkness. The room was painted a pale, cool green. The walls were divided into several panels. One of these had now absolutely disappeared, and in its place was a deep recess, which went far enough back into the wall to contain shelves, and had even space sufficient for a chair or two, a sewing machine, and one or two other sacred possessions.She burst into sudden frantic weeping.
"That's as bad as the other expression, Bridget."
Janet was forced to comply, and Dorothy exclaimed eagerly:
"I don't agree with you," answered Olive. "Strength shows itself in many forms. Miss O'Hara is pretty."
The girls took their places at the table—grace was said, and the meal began.