She stood wavering with her own conscience. Caspar was nervous, but he was not vicious.Mrs. Freeman went over and drew back the curtains.
"Only to tell you that that pet of yours, Bridget O'Hara, is likely to get herself into a nice scrape. She has run down the road with a number of the small fry to meet Evelyn. They are taking boughs of trees with them, and are going to shout, or do something extraordinary, when they see her arriving. Janet, what's the matter? How queer you look!"
"She's not learned, I admit," replied Olive, "but weak! no, she's not weak; no weak character could be so audacious, so fearless, so indifferent to her own ignorance."These remarks usually turned the tables against Janet May, but they also had another effect. She began to be sparing of her sharp, unkind words in Bridget's hearing. This, however, did not prevent her hating the new girl with the most cordial hatred she had ever yet bestowed upon anyone.She used this tongue most frequently on Bridget O'Hara, but for the first time she was met by a wondering, puzzled, good-humored, and non-comprehending gaze.
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Miss Delicia hurried on, intent on some housewifely mission, and Olive entering the house went down a long stone passage which led to the sixth form schoolroom.Bridget felt a wild desire to rush after Miss Patience, and defying all punishment and all commands, appear as usual in the dining room.
"Well," said Janet, "if you insist on spoiling everything, girls, you must. You know what Evelyn is."[Pg 54]
"Now, Marshall, what is it? How fussy and important you look!"
After two or three applications the injured girl stirred faintly, a shade of color came into her cheeks, and she opened her eyes.
Marshall departed, and Bridget lifted the cover from her plate and looked at the nice hot lamb and green peas.