In all her life Bridget had never been cut before.
"Well," said Janet, "if you insist on spoiling everything, girls, you must. You know what Evelyn is."
"Much I cared for that when I had a chance of seeing her," remarked Violet. "I did get a splendid peep. She's awfully tall, and she was splendidly dressed; and O Dolly! O Ruthie! O Janey! she's just lovely!"Caspar was a sensitive horse; even Janet, who had[Pg 48] no physical fear about her, disliked the way he started, and shied sometimes at his own shadow. It was scarcely likely that he would bear the shock which all those excited children would give him.
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"Don't do that, Bridget," said Miss Patience; "you are disturbing me.""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.""Dolly, I will clap my hands over your rosebud lips[Pg 22] if you utter another word. Come, and let us sit in this deep window-seat and be happy. Would you like to know what papa is doing at the Castle now?"[Pg 66]
"O Bridget!" exclaimed the little girls, starting back in affright.The door was opened, and a neatly dressed servant of the name of Marshall entered, bearing a dinner tray.
"Nonsense, Evelyn. They disobeyed my most stringent orders. Are they not to be blamed for that?"
"I certainly want you, Bridget. I am not in the habit of sending for my pupils if I don't wish to speak to them."