Mrs. Freeman could scarcely restrain her impatience.
Janet was forced to comply, and Dorothy exclaimed eagerly:"What is that?"
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"My attainments! Good gracious, I haven't any!""Well, dear, well! half a mile is a figure of speech. That's a way we have in Ireland—we figure of speech everything; it's much more graphic. Now, to go on. I was running up the stairs with my candle, and the wind rushing after me like mad, and the Castle rocking as if it were in an agony, when—— What do you think happened?"
[Pg 53]The door was closed then, and Bridget O'Hara found herself alone.
"My dears," said Mrs. Freeman, answering the looks on all faces, "your young companion's extraordinary conduct can only be explained by the fact that she has never been at school before. I am going out to the garden to speak to her. You girls will now go as usual to your separate schoolrooms and commence study."
While Marshall was speaking she looked down at the pretty and rebellious young prisoner with marked interest.
"And now," she said, turning to her two sisters, "the question of questions is this: what is to be done with Bridget O'Hara? Is she to continue at Mulberry Court after such a daring act of disobedience? Must the safety of the other scholars be sacrificed to her?"
"Hark! Stop talking!" said Mrs. Freeman.