There had been certain tales of school-life on the shelves
of Dimsie's nursery in the Glasgow house, and from these she had drawn
her impressions of schoolgirls, but already it seemed to her that her seven
room-mates, chattering gaily as they dressed, were not quite like the girls
in the story books.
"It's funny," she observed to Rosamund . . . "but none of you have asked me yet how old I am, nor what my father is?"
Rosamund stared. "Why should we? Your father isn't coming to Jane's, is he?" . . .
"P'raps, then," she said hestitatingly, "in real schools like Jane's you don't put hairbrushes into new girls' beds?"
"What for?" inquired Rosamund, who was not fond of reading; "it sounds a silly sort of thing to do."
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