"My dears," said Mrs. Freeman, answering the looks on all faces, "your young companion's extraordinary conduct can only be explained by the fact that she has never been at school before. I am going out to the garden to speak to her. You girls will now go as usual to your separate schoolrooms and commence study."
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."Pain and anxiety! I like that! You are just angry with me—that's about all!"
"Yes, Olive; I'm very busy. Do you want anything?""Oh, if you take it up in that way," said Olive; but her words had a faint sound about them—she was a girl who was easily impressed either for good or evil.Janet turned away, and Olive was obliged to look out for a fresh companion to attach herself to.
There was a movement of chairs, and a general rising.
Janet was never known to lose her temper, but she had a sarcastic tongue, and people did not like to lay themselves open to the cutting remarks which often and unsparingly fell from her lips.
"Yes; does not a mistress always command her pupils?"
Ruth clapped her hands.