"Not for over a month?""Don't do that, Bridget," said Miss Patience; "you are disturbing me.""May I go with the others?" asked Miss O'Hara.
"O Janey," exclaimed two of the other girls in a breath, "a committee does sound so absurdly formal."
"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?"
"There is nothing whatever for it," murmured Mrs. Freeman; "I must punish the poor child in a way she will really feel. If this fails, and I cannot break her in[Pg 57] before the end of the term, I must ask her father to remove her.""Yes; does not a mistress always command her pupils?"Small girls are easily influenced, and Bridget and her tribe rushed down the avenue, shouting and whooping as they went.
She was a tall, slight girl, fairly good-looking, and not too strong-minded."And if she happens to fancy Bridget she won't mind[Pg 40] a word we say against her. She never does mind what anyone says. You know that, Janet."