Upon which, Janet came running up the stairs as if the house were in flames, darted out on a little piece of green in front, and warned off two saddle-donkeys, lady-ridden, that had presumed to set hoof upon it; while my aunt, rushing out of the house, seized the bridle of a third animal laden with a bestriding child, turned him, led him forth from those sacred precincts, and boxed the ears of the unlucky urchin in attendance who had dared to profane that hallowed ground.
After tea, we sat at the window - on the look-out, as I imagined, from my aunt's sharp expression of face, for more invaders - until dusk, when Janet set candles, and a backgammon-board, on the table, and pulled down the blinds.
Janet reporting it to be quite ready, I was taken up to it; kindly, but in some sort like a prisoner; my aunt going in front and Janet bringing up the rear.
Sweet asked me this morning if I could bring you out.
It was full of beautiful things, among them another red silk dress--not the bright, flame- hued tint of her old one, but a rich, dark crimson, with the most distracting flounces and bows and ruffles; and with it were little red satin slippers with gold buckles, and heels that made Aunt Janet hold up her hands in horror.
Don't be silly, Sara," said Aunt Janet, a little stimy.
At first, when the invitations to the party had come, Aunt Janet had said we could not go; but Uncle Alec interceded in our favour, perhaps influenced thereto by Cecily's wistful eyes.
Cecily is perfectly well," said Aunt Janet sharply.
Fervent expressions of gratitude followed, addressed to Lady Janet.
What if she were to ask Lady Janet Roy to let her supply Miss Roseberry's place?
There was absolutely nothing to stop her from presenting herself to Lady Janet Roy under Grace's name and in Grace's place!
Grace had said it herself in so many words--she and Lady Janet had never seen each other.