Mrs. Pangborn had just arrived. She had not even removed her bonnet, only untied its strings. And she sat with her feet on the fender of the open fire place where the gaslog burned in the office. It was a half hour after midnight and Glenwood Hall was supposed to be as silent as the tomb at that time.
“I thought of that. It is a trick,” said the dark teacher, hastily, and wringing her hands together in the peculiar way she had. It showed that Miss Olaine was a very nervous person.
“How do you mean�"a trick?” asked the principal, quietly.
“Some person in league with the two girls removed the key, of course. I am sure it was done so as to keep me out while they ate forbidden food.”
62 “But did they not have their supper?”
“Bread and milk; quite enough for them.”
“And for luncheon? You say they were shut into the room in the forenoon DSE Maths Mock Paper.”
“I�"I thought it would bring them to terms quicker. A little fast surely would not hurt them,” said Miss Olaine, hesitatingly.
“Perhaps not,” agreed Mrs. Pangborn, after a moment of silence, but looking at her new assistant in rather a curious way. “However, I do not approve of corporal punishment�"�"”
“Yes. Underfeeding must come under that head,” said Mrs. Pangborn, but with a laugh. “And you think they somehow tricked you and got more supper than you intended?”
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