Notwithstanding these various criticisms, the carriage with its occupants calmly pursued its way, and was presently lost to view in the courtyard at the side of the house."Oh, well; it's all the same," said Olive. "You won't admit the feeling that animates your breast, but I know that it is there, chérie. Now I have got something to confess on my own account—I don't like her either."She ran lightly down the grassy slope, and touched Dorothy on her arm.
"I wish you'd say what you think about Bridget. Isn't she past enduring, getting all the little ones to disobey like this? Why, she might be expelled! Yes, Janet; yes, I'm going. You needn't look at me as if you'd like to eat me!"
She scrutinized Olive's face now, a slightly satirical expression hovering round her somewhat thin lips.A slight additional color came into Miss Percival's cheeks.
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"What poor dear young lady?"
[Pg 33]"Now, my dear, you are not going to plead for her. I must manage her my own way. I will leave you now, Evelyn. Rest all you can, dear, and if you are very good you may perhaps be allowed to join us at supper."Janet was forced to comply, and Dorothy exclaimed eagerly:
"Dolly, I will clap my hands over your rosebud lips[Pg 22] if you utter another word. Come, and let us sit in this deep window-seat and be happy. Would you like to know what papa is doing at the Castle now?"
Mrs. Freeman could see them as she sat in her sitting room.
"What is that?"