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2022-07-08 Author: Poly News
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Bridget felt a wild desire to rush after Miss Patience, and defying all punishment and all commands, appear as usual in the dining room."Now, do let us be sensible," said Janet, turning to her companions. "We have seen all that there is to be seen. However hard we guess we cannot solve the mystery. Either a new companion is coming among us, who, I have no doubt, will be as commonplace as commonplace can be, or Mrs. Freeman is receiving a young lady visitor. Supper will decide the point, and as that is not half an hour away I suppose we can exist for the present without worrying our brains any further."

"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."New Rummy AppP

They were both undressing when she entered the room this evening, but the moment she appeared they rushed to her and began an eager torrent of words."There is nothing whatever for it," murmured Mrs. Freeman; "I must punish the poor child in a way she will really feel. If this fails, and I cannot break her in[Pg 57] before the end of the term, I must ask her father to remove her."

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The next morning, after breakfast, Mrs. Freeman went upstairs to sit with her favorite Evelyn.

"I hope not, Bridget.""O Bridget!" exclaimed the little girls, starting back in affright."I'm here, Dolly," she said, in her rather wistful manner.

If Dorothy chose to take the new girl's part, she supposed there was something in her, and would continue to suppose so until she had a conversation with Janet, or anyone else, who happened to have diametrically opposite opinions to Dorothy Collingwood.[Pg 39]

New Rummy AppP"As I was saying," began Janet——

Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.

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"I loathe ladylike ways."

"Well, and our humble school clock ought to make your heart quail if you don't obey it, Bridget. Seriously speaking, it is my duty to counsel you, as a new girl, to go to bed at once."The ages of these fifty girls ranged from seventeen to five, but from seventeen down to five on this special hot summer's evening one topic of conversation might have been heard on every tongue.