"Hark! Stop talking!" said Mrs. Freeman.
"Go on; tell us quickly what you did with the candle, Biddy!" cried little Violet, pulling her new friend by the arm.
"Oh, foolish do you call it?" A passing cloud swept over Bridget O'Hara's face. It quickly vanished, however; she jumped up with a little sigh.Mrs. Freeman could not help uttering a faint, inward sigh.
"That's as bad as the other expression, Bridget."Alice, Violet, and several more of the little girls were running and tumbling up the grassy slope.[Pg 49] The moment they saw Mrs. Freeman they ran to her.
All this time Miss Percival, the head girl of the school, was absent. She had been ill, and had gone home for a short change. She did not return until Bridget had been at the Court a fortnight.
"Oh, miss, it's that poor dear young lady."
"It is a covered wagon," said Janet. "I see it quite plainly. There is no carriage at all in view, Mrs. Freeman."
"I think I understand you, Dorothy," said Mrs. Freeman. "Kiss me!"
She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good.