Bridget stood and watched her. Olive kept a little apart, and the smaller girls clustered close together, watching their new friend's face with interest and admiration.[Pg 65]
"Well, my dear, you must play it for me some evening, but we don't allow strumming at the Court."
"Now, my dear child, will you come into the house with me? I ought to be in the schoolroom now."The child's words were almost incoherent. Alice, who was not quite so excitable, began to pour out a queer story.What could it all mean? It really was most exciting.
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"Oh, what a wicked girl you are," said Mrs. Freeman, roused out of her customary gentle manner by the sight of Evelyn's motionless form. "I can't speak to you at this moment, Bridget O'Hara; go away, leave Evelyn to me. Evelyn, my darling, look at me, speak to me—say you are not hurt!"The door was opened, and a neatly dressed servant of the name of Marshall entered, bearing a dinner tray.
"I'm almost certain, Dolly, that she's to sleep in a room by herself, for I saw the Blue Room being got ready. I peeped in as we were going down to dinner, and I noticed such jolly new furniture—pale blue, and all to match. Oh, what is it, Olive? Now you've pinched my arm."
"I hate school," she said. "I want to go back to the Castle. Can I go to-day?"
"People will like you here too," she said. "I am certain you are very good-natured; come and let me[Pg 19] show you some of our snug little arrangements in the common room, and then I think it will be time for bed."