"No, Bridget, you are to stay here; your dinner will be brought to you." Bridget flushed crimson.
"Do, my love, and call to me if you do. I would not have that dear girl frightened for the world. I am more vexed than I can say with Hickman."
"We haven't a moment to lose, Dorothy," she said, "I want to speak to you alone before the rest of the committee arrive. That point with regard to Evelyn Percival must be settled. Perhaps your communication can keep, Marshall."
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"I don't think I ever felt my temper more irritated," murmured the good lady under her breath. "Why did I undertake an Irish girl, and one who had never been from home before? Well, the deed is done now, and I must not show impatience, however I may feel it. Bridget, my dear! Bridget O'Hara! Do you hear me?"
"I expect I shan't be allowed to talk at all."While Marshall was speaking she looked down at the pretty and rebellious young prisoner with marked interest.
"You deny that she's weak," repeated Janet. "I wonder what your idea of strength is, Olive."
Mrs. Freeman could not help uttering a faint, inward sigh.