Then do it, unless you are afraid, cried Miss Blish, bent on accomplishing the deed.
That last word settled the matter, and, closing her eyes, Rose said Punch! in the tone of one giving the fatal order Fire!
Ariadne punched, and the victim bore it in heroic silence, though she turned pale and her eyes were full of tears of anguish.
There! Now pull the bits of silk often, and cold-cream your ears every night, and youll soon be ready for the rings, said Ariadne, well pleased with her job, for the girl who spoke French with a fine accent lay flat upon the sofa, looking as exhausted as if she had had both ears cut off.
It does hurt dreadfully, and I know uncle wont like it, sighed Rose, as remorse began to gnaw. Promise not to tell, or I shall be teased to death, she added, anxiously, entirely forgetting the two little pitchers gifted with eyes as well as ears, who had been watching the whole performance from afar.
Never. Mercy me, whats that? and Ariadne started as a sudden sound of steps and voices came up from below.
Its the boys! Hide the needle. Do my ears show? Dont breathe a word! whispered Rose, scrambling about to conceal all traces of their iniquity from the sharp eyes of the Clan.
Up they came, all in good order, laden with the proceeds of a nutting expedition, for they always reported to Rose and paid tribute to their queen in the handsomest manner.
How many, and how big! Well have a grand roasting frolic after tea, wont we? said Rose, plunging both hands into a bag of glossy brown nuts, while the Clan stood at ease and nodded to Ariadne.
That lot was picked especially for you, Rosy. I got every one myself, and they are extra whackers, said Mac, presenting a bushel or so.
You should have seen Giglamps when he was after them. He pitched out of the tree, and would have broken his blessed old neck if Arch had not caught him, observed Steve, as he lounged gracefully in the window seat.
You neednt talk, Dandy, when you didnt know a chestnut from a beech, and kept on thrashing till I told you of it, retorted Mac, festooning himself over the back of the sofa, being a privileged boy.
I dont make mistakes when I thrash you, old Worm, so youd better mind what you are about, answered Steve, without a ray of proper respect for his elder brother.
It is getting dark, and I must go, or mamma will be alarmed, said Ariadne, rising in sudden haste, though she hoped to be asked to remain to the nut-party.
No one invited her; and all the while she was putting on her things and chatting to Rose the boys were telegraphing to one another the sad fact that someone ought to escort the young lady home. Not a boy felt heroic enough to cast himself into the breach, however; even polite Archie shirked the duty, saying to Charlie, as they quietly slipped into an adjoining room
Im not going to do all the gallivanting. Let Steve take that chit home and show his manners.
Ill be hanged if I do! answered Prince, who disliked Miss Blish because she tried to be coquettish with him.
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