Although the booming sound of the great gong filled the air, the supper to which the head girls of the school were now going was a very simple affair. It consisted of milk placed in great jugs at intervals down the long table, of fruit both cooked and uncooked, and large plates of bread and butter.
"I don't think I shall like school," she said, "but I'll do anything you wish me to do, dearest Dorothy."
"Poor girl!" said Evelyn, a wistful expression coming into her eyes.
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With each fresh study Bridget showed the queer[Pg 36] vagaries of a really clever mind run more or less to seed. She did everything in a dramatic, excitable style—she was all on wires, scarcely ever still, laughing one moment, weeping the next; the school had never known such a time as it underwent during the first week of her residence among them.
"Faix, then, it does, honey. I'm all agog to see this lovely queen. Why has she been absent so long? Doesn't Mrs. Freeman require any lessons of the sweet creature? Oh, then, it's I that would like to be in her shoes, if that's the case."
"Oh, how very funny—how—how unpleasant. Did you tell papa about that when he arranged to send me here?"
"Don't do that, Bridget," said Miss Patience; "you are disturbing me."