"Yes, but at what?""I don't mean that sort of learning, Bridget. I mean what you acquire from books—grammar, French, music.""Change my dress! Now I really don't understand you. Am I to come down in my dressing-gown?"
"No, no—do forgive me!"
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"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."
In about ten minutes' time Bridget came into the room without knocking. Her hat was still swinging on her arm; there was a wild-rose color on her cheeks; her eyes had a certain excited, untamed gleam in them."You were not miserable yesterday.""You can please yourself about that," said Miss Patience, in her calmest voice. She left the room, closing the door behind her.
Mrs. Freeman spoke calmly, but there was a look about her face which gave Janet a very queer sensation. The schoolmistress took Alice's hand, and walked as quickly as she could to the scene of the accident.She had to own to herself that Bridget had proved a very irritating companion. She would take her part, of course; but she felt quite certain at the same time that she was going to be a trial to her. As she stood by her window now, however, a little picture of the scene which the Irish girl had described so vividly presented itself with great distinctness before Dorothy's eyes.
"And you also dislike poor Bridget? I can't imagine why you take such strong prejudices."