"I loathe ladylike ways."
"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?""It's a distinct insult," began Dolly. "I disapprove—I disapprove."Dorothy, Ruth, and Olive had now come into the schoolroom, and had taken their places by Janet's side. She gave them a quick look, in which considerable aversion to the newcomer was plainly visible, then turned her head and gazed languidly out of the window.
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She went downstairs and entered her own private sitting room. It was now half-past eleven o'clock, and morning school was over. The weather was too hot for regular walks, and the girls were disporting themselves according to their own will and pleasure on the lawns and in the beautiful grounds which surrounded the school.
She had not passed a pleasant morning, however, and this plan scarcely commended itself to her.It was in some such fashion that the world spoke to Bridget O'Hara on this special summer's morning.
As she cut the blossoms off, she flung them into her white skirt, which she had raised in front for the purpose. Now, as she ran to meet Mrs. Freeman, the skirt tumbled down, and the roses—red, white, and crimson—fell on the ground at her feet.Marshall had to be comforted with this rather dubious speech, and Dorothy ran on to join Janet.
"Miss Collingwood," said Marshall, in a timid whisper, "might I say a word to you, miss?"
"I ought not to speak," said Dorothy, turning very red, "but if you are going to be hard on Bridget——"
"I don't mean that sort of learning, Bridget. I mean what you acquire from books—grammar, French, music."
It is not an easy matter to break in a wild colt, and this was the process which had now to take place with regard to the new girl, whose eccentricities and daring, whose curious mixture of ignorance and knowledge, of affectionate sympathy and careless levity, made her at once the adored and detested of her companions.