"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.""But your castle isn't half a mile big," said Katie, another small girl. "And you did say your father lived there with you, and, of course, there must have been some servants."Marshall reappeared with the asparagus and cherry tart.Dorothy detached herself from Bridget's clinging arm, and ran quickly up the sloping lawn.
Biddy turned, arrested in her gay flight from rosebush to rosebush."Then go and ask, darling. Find Mrs. Freeman, and ask her; it's so easily done."
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"No, no—do forgive me!"Bridget could certainly not return home without money.An audible titter was heard down the table, and Mrs. Freeman turned somewhat red.
Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.
Caspar was a sensitive horse; even Janet, who had[Pg 48] no physical fear about her, disliked the way he started, and shied sometimes at his own shadow. It was scarcely likely that he would bear the shock which all those excited children would give him.