[Pg 70]"I expect I shan't be allowed to talk at all."Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.
Olive looked at her steadily.
A story book, belonging to the school library, happened to be lying on a chair close to her own. She took it up, opened it, and began to read. The tale was sufficiently interesting to cause her to forget her troubles."Well, Marshall is unhappy about her," replied Dorothy. "She said that Bridget would not touch her dinner. I don't exactly know what Mrs. Freeman means to do about her, but the poor girl is a prisoner in Miss Patience's dull little sitting room for the present."
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Miss Patience asked for a blessing on the meal just partaken of in a clear, emphatic voice, and the group of girls began to file out of the room."If she had any strength, she'd be ashamed of her ignorance," retorted Janet."You can watch the sea from your bed, my dear," she said, "and I will send Dorothy to sit with you after[Pg 55] morning school. Now I want to ask you if you can give any idea of how the accident occurred?"
"I expect I shan't be allowed to talk at all."
Bridget O'Hara's clear blue eyes were opened a little, wider apart.
It really was too absurd. Janet could not help fidgeting almost audibly.