An audible titter was heard down the table, and Mrs. Freeman turned somewhat red.Breakfast was at eight o'clock at Mulberry Court. The girls always assembled a quarter of an hour before breakfast in the little chapel for prayers. They were all especially punctual this morning, for they wanted to get a good peep at Miss O'Hara.
"Is she the beautiful girl who was the ringleader? I don't think I ever saw anyone with such presence of mind. She absolutely caught me as I was flung out of the carriage. I felt her arms round me; that was why I was not hurt."
There was a sound, a commotion. Several steps were heard; eager voices were raised in expostulation and distress."I never knew before that I had an enemy," said Janet, in her guarded voice.Bridget felt a wild desire to rush after Miss Patience, and defying all punishment and all commands, appear as usual in the dining room.
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"Oh, she's telling a story," whispered Olive under her breath. She settled herself contentedly to listen.
The children disappeared in as frantic haste to be off as they were a few minutes ago to arrive.
Mrs. Freeman and Miss Patience had driven away in a very smart carriage with a pair of horses to meet her.