Biddy turned, arrested in her gay flight from rosebush to rosebush."When she can," replied Bridget. Her hands dropped to her sides. She lowered her eyes; her proud lips were firmly shut."O Bridget!" exclaimed the little girls, starting back in affright.
She never came into a room without exercising in a silent, unobtrusive, very gentle way, a marked effect for good.
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"I cannot go, Bridget. Mrs. Freeman would not give me leave, and she would be only annoyed at my making such a foolish proposition.""Did you speak?" asked Miss May in her coldest tones.
Mrs. Freeman went up to her, and took her hand. "My dear," she said, "I must make you feel my authority. I do this with great pain, for I know you have not had the advantage of the training which many of the girls who live here have received. I would treat you with kindness, Bridget, but you won't receive my kindness. Now I must be severe, but for your good. Until you promise to obey the rules of the school, you must not join your schoolfellows either at work or play. My sister Patience will allow you to sit with her in her sitting room, and your meals will be brought to you there. The length of your punishment rests with yourself, my dear."[Pg 18]
Mrs. Freeman went over and drew back the curtains.