"Evelyn Percival. Doesn't it sound pretty?"
The girls took their places at the table—grace was said, and the meal began."What is that?""I never knew before that I had an enemy," said Janet, in her guarded voice.There was a plaintive note in the girl's voice, a wistful expression in her eyes, which went straight to Dorothy's kind heart.
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"Nothing," replied Janet. "I—I—shall I run out to the front, Mrs. Freeman, and listen if I can hear the carriage? You can hear it a very long way off from the brow of the hill."
Ruth and Olive slept in the back part of the room. They had a cubicle each, of course, but they had not Dorothy's taste, and their little bedrooms had a dowdy effect beside hers.
"I must break you in gradually, dear," she said. "As this is your first day at school you need not do any lessons, but you must come with me presently to the schoolroom in order that I may find out something about your attainments.""Cross-patch!" murmured Violet, turning her back on Janet. "Come, Marion; come, Pauline, we won't tell her any more. We'll tell you, Dolly, of course, but we won't tell Janet. Come, Marion, let's go."
"How disagreeable! I can't live without flowers. I suppose papa will not expect me to stay if I don't like the place?"
"Oh, I'll come to that by and by; now about Miss O'Hara. Janet, I deny that she's weak."
"And isn't she nice to-day?"
Bridget O'Hara's clear blue eyes were opened a little, wider apart.