"Do, my love, and call to me if you do. I would not have that dear girl frightened for the world. I am more vexed than I can say with Hickman."
"Nonsense, Janet, you know you're one of the best French scholars in the school. You won't get out of answering my question by that flimsy excuse. Don't you hate Miss O'Hara?"
"Patience," said Mrs. Freeman, from her end of the supper table, "I think we have all finished. Will you say grace?""I'd make it up if I was you, miss," she said.
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"No, Bridget, you are to stay here; your dinner will be brought to you." Bridget flushed crimson.
"Oh, I am sorry!"
Bridget wore a white muslin dress with a long train. Her silver girdle was clasped round her waist. She went deliberately up to a rose tree in full flower, and, picking two or three half-opened buds, put them in her girdle.
"No, my dear," replied the head mistress, in a rather icy voice, "I have never had the pleasure of visiting Ireland."