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Margaret. Please! Now come out of there. Why, you know mama meant nothing against you. " Margaret's lips drooped sullenly. But she slowly consented to come out from behind the curtain, avoiding her mother's touch with a switch of her little body. "Come back now. " "I don't care," Margaret said proudly. "Well, just come back because mama asks you to, then. " Margaret waited a moment, after her mother had gone into the kitchen, and then opened the swinging door again with a little kick, and followed.

She stared icily past Gardner Allen hoping that he was seeing her refuse to notice him. She wished he would stumble or something. She hated him because he was so good-looking. But she heard him plump down into his seat. Miss Barclay stood at the desk waiting. There were three minutes after the last bell had rung. Irene hadn't come yet. Margaret suffered. Miss Barclay had her finger on the bell. At the very last moment, Irene came sauntering into the room and took her seat. Miss Barclay tapped the bell.

The air seemed to shake with the last reverberations. Then there was an emptied stillness in the morning streets. Now she had the house to herself. Mrs. Ferguson paused in the sitting room. "Hm-hum," she said, half sighing, for no particular reason. Then she went back into the kitchen. It was just a little bit too warm from the fire in the range. But she didn't mind that. It added to the feeling of sunny, solitary cosiness. There was still some coffee left in the aluminum coffeepot. " When any of the family were around, even Dorothy who seemed like just part of herself, Mrs.

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