"Did you want me, Mrs. Freeman?" she said, in her lazy, rich, somewhat impertinent voice."But your father cannot pay for your disobedience—for the bad example you have set the little children, for the pain and anxiety you have given me."
The governess took it without a word, and opening it applied it to Evelyn's nostrils.
"Oh, I am sorry!"
"The wind dropped as if it were dead. After screeching as if it had the tongues of hundreds of Furies, it was mummer than the timidest mouse that ever crept. The Castle ceased to rock; it was the suddenest and [Pg 42]deadest calm you could possibly imagine. It was miles more frightful than the storm. Just then there came a little puff of a breeze out of the solid stone wall, and out went my candle.""There is nothing whatever for it," murmured Mrs. Freeman; "I must punish the poor child in a way she will really feel. If this fails, and I cannot break her in[Pg 57] before the end of the term, I must ask her father to remove her."Miss Collingwood was turning away, when her mistress stretched out her hand and drew her back.
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Oh, yes, she ought to tell; and yet—and yet——
"You shall see the girls one at a time in your room, darling, for whether you feel well or not, the doctor wishes you to remain quiet to-day."
"Oh, she's telling a story," whispered Olive under her breath. She settled herself contentedly to listen.