Janet turned away, and Olive was obliged to look out for a fresh companion to attach herself to.
"Oh, my dear, ought you not to be asleep?" exclaimed Miss Patience in thin, anxious tones from the other end of the board, while Miss Delicia ran up to the girl and took one of her dimpled white hands in hers.
"Yes, Olive; I'm very busy. Do you want anything?""You have too good taste to like her, Olive, but do let us talk about something more interesting. How are you getting on with that table cover for the fair?"
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"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.She was coming at mid-term, which in itself was rather exceptional.
"Please wait one moment, Mrs. Freeman.""Go on; tell us quickly what you did with the candle, Biddy!" cried little Violet, pulling her new friend by the arm.
"What?" said Katie, her eyes growing big with fascination and alarm.
For the first time there was a faint hesitation in her manner.
"Poor girl!" said Evelyn, a wistful expression coming into her eyes.