"Then go and ask, darling. Find Mrs. Freeman, and ask her; it's so easily done.""Oh! hurrah, hurrah, hurrah! What will my dear dad say when I tell him that? Biddy O'Hara seventeen! Don't I wish I were! Oh, the lovely balls I'd be going to if those were my years! Now, another guess. It's your turn now—you, little brown one there—I haven't caught your name, darling. Is it Anne or Mary? Most girls are called either Anne or Mary."A loud booming sound filled the air.
Biddy turned, arrested in her gay flight from rosebush to rosebush.
"Oh, I'll come to that by and by; now about Miss O'Hara. Janet, I deny that she's weak."
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While Marshall was speaking she looked down at the pretty and rebellious young prisoner with marked interest.
"Yes, my love, or she would not be returning.""Oh, come at once!" said Violet, "there has been an accident, and Evelyn is hurt. Bridget is with her. Come, come at once!"In all her life Bridget had never been cut before.
"We have lost her," said Olive, with a sigh.She stepped out of the open window, and walked rapidly across the wide gravel sweep.
"Well," said Janet, "what did that impertinent servant want? I hope you showed her her place, Dorothy? The idea of her presuming to stop us when we were so busy!"
"So it is, Bridget. But you will permit me, an old woman compared to you, to point out a fact—the self-denying people are the happy ones, the selfish are the miserable. Take your own way now in your youth, sip each pleasure as it comes, turn from the disagreeables, trample on those who happen to be in your way, as you did on that rosebud just now, and you will lay up misery for yourself in the future. You will be a very wretched woman when you reach my age."