[Pg 53]"Nonsense, Janet, you know you're one of the best French scholars in the school. You won't get out of answering my question by that flimsy excuse. Don't you hate Miss O'Hara?"The children disappeared in as frantic haste to be off as they were a few minutes ago to arrive.
When she said this a quick change flitted over Janet's face. She bit her lips, and, after a very brief pause, said in a voice of would-be indifference:
"I'd punish her very severely," said Miss Patience. "I am sure punishment is what she wants. She ought to be broken in."
"Spare me, my dear. I really am in too great a hurry to hear a list of your wardrobe. Is it possible that your father sent you to school with all that heap of finery, and nothing sensible to wear?"
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The next morning, after breakfast, Mrs. Freeman went upstairs to sit with her favorite Evelyn.[Pg 27]She leant back, therefore, in her chair and reflected with a sad sort of pleasure on the sorrow which her father would feel when he learnt that she had almost died of hunger and exhaustion at this cruel school.
"Yes, my love, or she would not be returning.""Caspar shied at something," she said."Are you coming, Dorothy?" called Janet May from the end of the passage.
"Am I ever hard to my pupils, my love?"
"I don't think I shall like school," she said, "but I'll do anything you wish me to do, dearest Dorothy."
"Hark! Stop talking!" said Mrs. Freeman.