"O Bridget!" exclaimed the little girls, starting back in affright.
Dorothy, Bridget, and a number of the girls of the lower school were walking up and down a broad road which led to the shore. They were talking and laughing. The smaller girls were dancing and running about in their eagerness. Some very funny proposal had undoubtedly been made, and much explosive mirth was the result."He'll be sorry he sent me; he'll be sorry he listened to Aunt Kathleen," she said to herself."Yes, Marshall," said Dorothy; she stopped. Janet stopped also, and gave Marshall a freezing glance."New girl!" exclaimed Katie, "why, she's about the very oldest girl in the school—the oldest and the nicest. She's the head of the school. We call her our queen. She's not like you, Biddy, of course; but she's very nice—awfully nice!"
"Oh, good gracious me! don't call me Miss O'Hara. I'm Biddy to my friends—Biddy O'Hara, at your service—great fun, too, I can tell you. You ask my father what he thinks of me. Poor old gentleman, I expect he's crying like anything this minute without his Biddy to coddle him. He said I wanted polishing, and so he sent me here. I have never been in England before, and I don't at all know if I will like it. By the way, what's your name? I didn't quite catch it."
On her way downstairs Mrs. Freeman stepped for a moment into Bridget's room. Her pupil's large traveling trunks had been removed to the box room, but many showy dresses and much finery of various sorts lay scattered about."Why did you speak so sharply to her, Olive?" exclaimed Dorothy. "After all, her curiosity is but natural—I must even own that I share it myself."
[Pg 66]"Yes, darling, I did. Shall we go into the common room now? I'm dying to see it."What could it all mean? It really was most exciting.
"Why, Dorothy Collingwood; she has gone over to the ranks of the enemy."
"I shall look to you to help me with this wild Irish girl," she said with a smile. "Now, go to your lessons, my dear."
Other new girls had arrived, and only the faintest rumors had got out about them beforehand.
"Oh, I am sorry!"