The common room to which she conducted Miss O'Hara was entirely for the use of the elder girls; the girls of the middle and the lower school had other[Pg 20] rooms to amuse themselves in. But this large, luxuriously furnished apartment was entirely given up to the sixth and fifth-form schoolgirls.
"And now," she said, turning to her two sisters, "the question of questions is this: what is to be done with Bridget O'Hara? Is she to continue at Mulberry Court after such a daring act of disobedience? Must the safety of the other scholars be sacrificed to her?"
"You deny that she's weak," repeated Janet. "I wonder what your idea of strength is, Olive."CHAPTER III. RIBBONS AND ROSES.Bridget's changeful face was now all glowing with excitement, eagerness, and hope. Her defiant attitude had vanished. As she looked full at Mrs. Freeman, her governess noticed for the first time that her eyelids were red, as if she had been crying. That, and a certain pathos in her voice, made the head mistress regard her in a new light.
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"I'd punish her very severely," said Miss Patience. "I am sure punishment is what she wants. She ought to be broken in."
The door was closed then, and Bridget O'Hara found herself alone.
"Now, Marshall, what is it? How fussy and important you look!"