"But I'm all right to-day," said Evelyn, in her bright voice. "I don't feel any bad effects whatever from my accident. I can't think why I was so stupid as to faint, and give you a fright. I ought really to have more control over my nerves."Bridget's movements were so fleet that the head mistress had no time to intercept her; there was a flash of a white dress disappearing through the open window, and that was all."I must say one thing," replied Olive, "and then I will turn to a more congenial theme. I hope Evelyn Percival won't take Miss O'Hara's part. You know, Janet, what strong prejudices Evelyn has.""Well, and our humble school clock ought to make your heart quail if you don't obey it, Bridget. Seriously speaking, it is my duty to counsel you, as a new girl, to go to bed at once."
"Then go and ask, darling. Find Mrs. Freeman, and ask her; it's so easily done."
"No, my dear," replied the head mistress, in a rather icy voice, "I have never had the pleasure of visiting Ireland."
Janet sprang from her seat with apparent alacrity.
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After a little pause, during which neither mistress nor pupil spoke, the pupil raised her head.
"We have lost her," said Olive, with a sigh.
"What is that?"
"Nonsense, Evelyn. They disobeyed my most stringent orders. Are they not to be blamed for that?"
"I could not help myself," replied Dorothy. "You know, of course, Janet, what Bridget did last night?"