"I don't think I ought to listen to you, Bridget."Dorothy suppressed a faint sigh, took her companion's plump hand, and continued the tour of investigation.
"Command me?" said Bridget, her nostrils dilating.
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"Are you there, Janet?" said Mrs. Freeman. "Go into the house, and ask Miss Patience to follow me down the road. And see that someone goes for Dr. Hart. Alice, you can come back with me. The rest of the little girls are to go into the playroom, and to stay there until I come to them."
"I am looking over my French lesson, madam," answered Janet, in her respectful tones. "It's a little more difficult than usual, and I thought I'd have a quiet half hour here, trying to master it.""My name is Ruth," replied the girl so addressed, "and I can't guess ages. Come, Olive, let us find our French lessons and go.""Not for over a month?"
An audible titter was heard down the table, and Mrs. Freeman turned somewhat red.