"What is it, my dear?" The head mistress drew herself slightly up, and looked in some surprise at her pupil."Never mind, it is the correct thing to do. In a matter of this kind we are nothing if we are not businesslike. Now, who is coming to interrupt us?"Dorothy detached herself from Bridget's clinging arm, and ran quickly up the sloping lawn.
A sense of disappointment was over them all, for the new girl upon whom their present thoughts were centered had not put in an appearance—nothing was said about her—Mrs. Freeman looked as tranquil as usual, Miss Patience as white and anxious, Miss Delicia as good-natured and downy."Now, Marshall, what is it? How fussy and important you look!"
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"When she can," replied Bridget. Her hands dropped to her sides. She lowered her eyes; her proud lips were firmly shut.
"Yes, Bridget, very nice—go and take your place, my dear. There, beside Janet May. Another morning I hope you will be in time for prayers. Of course, we make all allowances the first day. Take your place directly, breakfast is half over."
"And isn't she nice to-day?"
"Yes, certainly. Let me introduce you to someone in particular. Janet May, come here, my dear."