"My dear, you have been ill, which accounts for your nervousness. But in any case a person with the stoutest nerves may be pardoned for fainting if she is flung out of a carriage. I cannot imagine how you escaped as you have done."
In consequence she was popular, with that mild sort of popularity which is bestowed upon the people who are all patience and have no faculty for inspiring fear."Yes, I am sure she has a good deal of physical courage, but that does not alter the fact of her having defied my authority and led the children into mischief."
"Can't you, Bridget? I'm afraid I must make you understand that the fact of Evelyn being uninjured does not alter your conduct.""No, Bridget, you cannot. You have been sent here to be under my care, and you must remain with me at least until the end of the term."
"And we are not allowed to go out of the grounds by ourselves," cried several other voices.Bridget's face turned very white. She looked wildly toward the door, then at the window.
"Well," said Janet, "if you insist on spoiling everything, girls, you must. You know what Evelyn is."
Her first impulse was to open the door of her prison and go boldly out.
"O Janey," exclaimed two of the other girls in a breath, "a committee does sound so absurdly formal."