酷兔英语



DOROTHY DALE'S

GREAT SECRET

BY

MARGARET PENROSE

AUTHOR OF "DOROTHY DALE: A GIRL OF TO-DAY," "DOROTHY DALE AT

GLENWOOD SCHOOL," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK

CUPPLES & LEON COMPANY

THE DOROTHY DALE SERIES

By Margaret Penrose

Cloth. Illustrated.

DOROTHY DALE: A GIRL OF TO-DAY

DOROTHY DALE AT GLENWOOD SCHOOL

DOROTHY DALE'S GREAT SECRET

(Other Volumes in preparation)

CUPPLES & LEON COMPANY NEW YORK

Copyright, 1909, by

Cupples & Leon Company

Dorothy Dale's Great Secret

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. An Automobile Ride 1

II. Tavia Has Plans 17

III. A Cup of Tea 28

IV. The Apparition 39

V. An Untimely Letter 47

VI. On the Lawn 55

VII. At Sunset Lake 63

VIII. A Lively Afternoon 72

IX. Dorothy and Tavia 79

X. Leaving Glenwood 88

XI. A Jolly Home-Coming 96

XII. Dorothy is Worried 109

XIII. Little Urania 118

XIV. The Runaway 129

XV. A Spell of the "Glumps" 139

XVI. Dorothy in Buffalo 147

XVII. At the Play 161

XVIII. Behind the Scenes 172

XIX. The Clue 183

XX. Dorothy and the Manager 195

XXI. Adrift in a Strange City 205

XXII. In Dire Distress 211

XXIII. The Secret--Conclusion 231

DOROTHY DALE'S GREAT SECRET

CHAPTER I

AN AUTOMOBILE RIDE

"There is one thing perfectlydelightful about boarding schools,"

declared Tavia, "when the term closes we can go away, and leave it in

another world. Now, at Dalton, we would have to see the old schoolhouse

every time we went to Daly's for a pound of butter, a loaf of bread--and

oh, yes! I almost forgot! Mom said we could get some bologna. Whew! Don't

your mouth water, Dorothy? We always did get good bologna at Daly's!"

"Bologna!" echoed Dorothy. "As if the young ladies of Glenwood School

would disgrace their appetites with such vulgar fare!"

At this she snatched up an empty cracker box, almost devouring its

parifine paper, in hopes of finding a few more crumbs, although Tavia had

poured the last morsels of the wafers down her own throat the night

before this conversation took place. Yes, Tavia had even made a funnel of

the paper and "took" the powdered biscuits as doctors administer headache

remedies.

"All the same," went on Tavia, "I distinctly remember that you had a

longing for the skin of my sausage, along with the end piece, which you

always claimed for your own share."

"Oh, please stop!" besought Dorothy, "or I shall have to purloin my hash

from the table to-night and stuff it into--"

"The armlet of your new, brown kid gloves," finished Tavia. "They're the

very color of a nice, big, red-brown bologna, and I believe the

inspiration is a direct message. 'The Evolution of a Bologna Sausage,'

modern edition, bound in full kid. Mine for the other glove. Watch all

the hash within sight to-night, and we'll ask the girls to our

clam-bake."

"Dear old Dalton," went on Dorothy with a sigh. "After all there is no

place like home," and she dropped her blond head on her arms, in the

familiar pose Tavia described as "thinky."

"But home was never like this," declared the other, following up

Dorothy's sentiment with her usual interjection of slang. At the same

moment she made a dart for a tiny bottle of Dorothy's perfume, which was

almost emptied down the front of Tavia's blue dress, before the owner of

the treasure had time to interfere.

"Oh, that's mean!" exclaimed Dorothy. "Aunt Winnie sent me that by mail.

It was a special kind--"

"And you know my weakness for specials--real bargains! There!" and Tavia

caught Dorothy up in her arms. "I'll rub it all on your head. Tresses of

sunshine, perfumed with incense!"

"Please stop!" begged Dorothy. "My hair is all fixed!"

"Well, it's 'fixest' now. The superlative you know. I do hate your hair

prim. Never knew a girl with heavenly hair who did not want to make a

mattress of it. I have wonderfully enhanced the beauty of your coiffure,

mam'selle, for which I ask to be permitted one kiss!" and at this the two

girls became so entangled in each other's embrace that it would have been

hard to tell whom the blond head belonged to, or who might be the owner

of the bronze ringlets.

But Dorothy Dale was the blond, and Octavia Travers, "sported" the dark

tresses. "Sported" we say advisedly, for Tavia loved sport better than

she cared for her dinner, while Dorothy, an entirely different type of

girl, admired the things of this world that were good and beautiful, true

and reliable; but at the same time she was no prude, and so enjoyed her

friend's sports, whenever the mischief involved no serious consequences.

That "Doro" as her chums called Dorothy, and Tavia could be so unlike,

and yet be such friends, was a matter of surprise to all their

acquaintances. But those who have read of the young ladies in the

previous stories of the series, "Dorothy Dale;--A Girl of To-Day," and

"Dorothy Dale at Glenwood School," have had sufficient introduction to

these interesting characters to understand how natural it was for a lily

(our friend Dorothy) to love and encourage a frolicsome wild flower

(Tavia) to cling to the cultured stalk, to keep close to the saving

influence of the lily's heart--so close that no gardener would dare to

tear away that wild flower from the lily's clasp, without running the

risk of cruelly injuring the more tender plant.

So it was with these two girls. No one could have destroyed their love

and friendship for each other without so displacing their personalities

as to make the matter one of serious consequences.

Many other girls had coveted Dorothy's love; some had even tried to

obtain it by false stories, or greatly exaggerated accounts of Tavia's

frolics. But Dorothy loved Tavia, and believed in her, so all attempts to

destroy her faith were futile. And it was this faith, when the time came,

that inspired Dorothy Dale to keep the Great Secret.

Glenwood School was situated amid the mountains of New England, and the

two girls had completed one term there. On the afternoon when this story

opens they were lounging in their own particular room, nineteen by

number, waiting for the recreation bell to send its muffled chimes down

the corridor.

They were waiting with unusual impatience, for the "hour of freedom" to

come, for they expected visitors in an automobile.

"Like as not," Tavia broke in suddenly, without offering a single excuse

for the surprising interjection, "the Fire Bird will break down, and we

won't get our ride after all."

"Cheerful speculation," interposed Dorothy, "but not exactly probable.

The Fire Bird is an auto that never breaks down."

"What, never?" persisted Tavia, laughing.

"No, never," declared Dorothy. "Of course all automobiles are subject to

turns, but to really break down--Aunt Winnie would never allow her boys

to run a machine not entirely reliable."

"O-o-o-oh!" drawled Tavia, in mock surprise. Then the girls settled down

to wait.

The Fire Bird, was a touring car in which the girls had enjoyed some

noted rides about their home town of Dalton. Dorothy's aunt, Mrs.

Winthrop White, of North Birchland, owned the car, and her two sons,

Edward and Nathaniel (or Ned and Nat, to give them the titles they always

went by) good looking young fellows, were usually in charge of it when

their favorite cousin Dorothy, and her friend Tavia, were the other

passengers.

It may as well be stated at this time that Nat and Tavia were excellent

friends, and even on a ride that had been termed notorious (on account of

the strange experiences that befell the party while making a tour), Tavia

and Nat had managed to have a good time, and made the best of their

strange adventures.

It was not surprising then that on this afternoon, while Dorothy and

Tavia waited for another ride in the Fire Bird, their brains should be

busy with speculative thoughts. Tavia was sure Nat would think she had

grown to be a real young lady, and Dorothy was so anxious to see both her

cousins, that she fell to thinking they might have outgrown the jolly,

big-boy relationship, and would come to her stiff and stylish young men.

The peal of the recreation bell in the outer hall suddenly aroused the

girls, and, at the same moment the "honk-honk" of the Fire Bird's horn

announced the arrival of the long expected boys.

"There they are!" exclaimed Tavia, quite unnecessarily, for Dorothy was

already making her pearl-tinted veil secure over her yellow head; and

while Tavia was wasting her time, looking out of the window at the auto,

which was surrounded by boys and girls who stood on the path, plainly

admiring the two cousins and the stylish car, Dorothy was quite ready for

the ride.

"Do come, Tavia!" she called. "The afternoon is short enough!"

"Com--ing!" shouted her irrepressible companion in high glee, making a

lunge for her own veil, and tossing it over her head as she dashed down

the corridor.

Dorothy stopped at the office on her way out to tell the principal, Mrs.

Pangborn, that the expected visitors had arrived, and that she and Tavia

were starting for the ride, permission to go having been granted in

advance.

Outside, just beyond the arch in the broad driveway, the Fire Bird panted

and puffed, as if anxious to take flight again. Ned was at the steering

wheel and as for Nat, he was helping Tavia into the machine "with both

hands" some jealous onlookers declared afterward. However Dorothy's

friend Rose-Mary Markin (known to her chums as Cologne because of her

euphonious first names) insisted differently in the argument that

followed the puffing away of the car.

It was no small wonder that the coming of the Fire Bird should excite

such comment among the girls at Glenwood school. An automobile ride was

no common happening there, for while many of the parents of the young

ladies owned such machines, Glenwood was far away from home and so were

the autos.

Edna Black, called Ned Ebony, and regarded as Tavia's most intimate

friend, insisted that Tavia looked like a little brown sparrow, as she

flew off, with the streamers of her brown veil flying like wings. Molly

Richards, nick-named Dick, and always "agin' th' government" like the

foreigner in politics, declared that the girls "were not in it" with the

boys, for, as she expressed it, "girls always do look like animated

rag-bags in an automobile."

"Boys just put themselves on the seat and stay put," she announced, "but

girls--they seem to float above the car, and they give me the shivers!"

"All the same," interrupted Cologne, "the damsels manage to hang on."

"And Dorothy was a picture," ventured Nita Brant, the girl given to

"excessive expletive ejaculations," according to the records of the Nick

Association, the official club of the Juniors.

So the Fire Bird, with its gay little party, flew over the hills of

Glenwood. Dorothy was agreeably surprised to find her cousins just as

good natured and just as boy-like as they had been when she had last seen

them, and they, in turn, complimented her on her improved appearance.

"You look younger though you talk older," Ned assured Dorothy, with a

nice regard for the feminine feeling relative to age.

"And Tavia looks--looks--how?" stammered Nat, with a significant look at

his elder brother.

"Search me!" replied the other evasively, determined not to be trapped by

Nat into any "expert opinion."

"Beyond words!" finished Nat, with a glance of unstinted admiration at

his companion.

"Bad as that?" mocked Tavia. "The girls do call me 'red head' and

'brick-top.' Yes, even 'carroty' is thrown at me when I do anything to

make Ned mad. You know that's the girl," she hurried to add, "the

girl--Edna Black--Ned Ebony for short, you know. She's the jolliest

crowd--"

"How many of her?" asked Ned, pretending to be ignorant of Tavia's school

vernacular.

"Legion," was the enthusiastic answer, which elasticcomment settled the

question of Edna Black, for the time being, at least.

The roads through Glenwood wound up and down like thread on a spool.

Scarcely did the Fire Bird find itself on the top of a hill before it

went scooting down to the bottom. Then another would loom up and it had

to be done all over again.

This succession of steep grades, first tilting up and then down, kept Ned

busy throwing the clutches in and out, taking the hills on the low gear,

then slipping into full speed ahead as a little level place was reached,

and again throwing off the power and drifting down while the brakes

screeched and hummed as if in protest at being made to work so hard. The

two girls, meanwhile, were busy speculating on what would happen if an

"something" should give way, or if the powerful car should suddenly

refuse to obey the various levers, handles, pedals and the maze of things

of which Ned seemed to have perfect command.

"This reminds me of the Switch-back Railway," remarked Nat, as the

machine suddenly lurched first up, and then down a rocky "bump."

"Y-y-y-es!" agreed Ned, shouting to be heard above the pounding of the

muffler. "It's quite like a trip on the Scenic Railway--pretty pictures

and all."

"I hope it isn't dangerous," ventured Dorothy, who had too vivid a

remembrance of the narrow escape on a previous ride, to enjoy the

possibility of a second adventure.

"No danger at all," Ned hastened to assure her.

"A long hill at last!" exclaimed Nat, as the big strip of brown earth

uncoiled before them, like so many miles of ribbon dropped from the sky,

with a knot somewhere in the clouds. "A long hill for sure. None of your

dinky little two-for-a-cent kinds this time!"

"Oh!" gasped Dorothy, involuntarily catching at Ned's arm. "Be careful,

Ned!"

Ned took a firmer grip on the steering wheel, as he finished throwing out

the gear and shutting off the power, while the spark lever sent out a

shrill sound as he swung it in a segment over the rachet.


生词表:
  • sunset [´sʌnset] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.日落;晚霞   (初中英语单词)
  • lively [´laivli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.活泼的;热烈的   (初中英语单词)
  • manager [´mænidʒə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.经理;管理人;干事   (初中英语单词)
  • distress [di´stres] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.痛苦 vt.使苦恼   (初中英语单词)
  • delightful [di´laitful] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.讨人喜欢的   (初中英语单词)
  • disgrace [dis´greis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.耻辱 vt.玷辱;贬黜   (初中英语单词)
  • throat [θrəut] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.咽喉;嗓子;出入口   (初中英语单词)
  • distinctly [di´stiŋktli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.清楚地,明晰地   (初中英语单词)
  • sentiment [´sentimənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.情绪;多愁善感   (初中英语单词)
  • perfume [´pə:fju:m, pə´fju:m] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.香味 vt.使发香   (初中英语单词)
  • weakness [´wi:knis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.虚弱;弱点,缺点   (初中英语单词)
  • embrace [im´breis] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.&n.拥抱;采纳;信奉   (初中英语单词)
  • whenever [wen´evə] 移动到这儿单词发声  conj.&ad.无论何时   (初中英语单词)
  • mischief [´mistʃif] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.伤害;故障;调皮   (初中英语单词)
  • series [´siəri:z] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.连续;系列;丛书   (初中英语单词)
  • introduction [,intrə´dʌkʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.介绍;引言;引导   (初中英语单词)
  • encourage [in´kʌridʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.鼓励;怂勇;促进   (初中英语单词)
  • running [´rʌniŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.奔跑的;流动的   (初中英语单词)
  • situated [´sitʃueitid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.位于;处于….境地   (初中英语单词)
  • waiting [´weitiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.等候;伺候   (初中英语单词)
  • unusual [ʌn´ju:ʒuəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不平常的;异常的   (初中英语单词)
  • surprising [sə´praiziŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.惊人的;意外的   (初中英语单词)
  • charge [tʃɑ:dʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.收费;冲锋 n.费用   (初中英语单词)
  • account [ə´kaunt] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.说明 vt.认为 n.帐目   (初中英语单词)
  • anxious [´æŋkʃəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.担忧的;渴望的   (初中英语单词)
  • arrival [ə´raivəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.到达;到达的人(物)   (初中英语单词)
  • companion [kəm´pæniən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.同伴;同事;伴侣   (初中英语单词)
  • principal [´prinsəpəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.主要的 n.负责人   (初中英语单词)
  • permission [pə´miʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.允许;同意;许可   (初中英语单词)
  • flight [flait] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.逃走;飞行;班机   (初中英语单词)
  • jealous [´dʒeləs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.妒忌的   (初中英语单词)
  • argument [´ɑ:gjumənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.辩论;争论;论证   (初中英语单词)
  • comment [´kɔment] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&v.评论;评注;注意   (初中英语单词)
  • sparrow [´spærəu] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.麻雀   (初中英语单词)
  • politics [´pɔlitiks] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.政治(学);政治活动   (初中英语单词)
  • relative [´relətiv] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有关系的 n.亲属   (初中英语单词)
  • admiration [,ædmə´reiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.赞赏,钦佩   (初中英语单词)
  • ignorant [´ignərənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.无知的,愚昧的   (初中英语单词)
  • succession [sək´seʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.继任;继承(权)   (初中英语单词)
  • meanwhile [´mi:n´wail] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&ad.其间;同时   (初中英语单词)
  • previous [´pri:viəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.先,前,以前的   (初中英语单词)
  • ribbon [´ribən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.缎带;带子;色带   (初中英语单词)
  • buffalo [´bʌfələu] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.水牛;野牛   (高中英语单词)
  • perfectly [´pə:fiktli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.理想地;完美地   (高中英语单词)
  • cracker [´krækə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.爆竹;薄脆饼干   (高中英语单词)
  • finding [´faindiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.发现物;判断;结果   (高中英语单词)
  • administer [əd´ministə] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.管理;支配;执行   (高中英语单词)
  • sausage [´sɔsidʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.香肠   (高中英语单词)
  • edition [i´diʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.版本;很相似的   (高中英语单词)
  • heavenly [´hevənli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.天的,天空的   (高中英语单词)
  • bronze [brɔnz] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.青铜(器)   (高中英语单词)
  • reliable [ri´laiəbl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.可靠的;可信赖的   (高中英语单词)
  • gardener [´gɑ:dnə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.园艺家;园林工人   (高中英语单词)
  • recreation [,rekri´eiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.消遣;休养   (高中英语单词)
  • offering [´ɔfəriŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.提供;礼物;捐献   (高中英语单词)
  • relationship [ri´leiʃənʃip] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.关系;联系;亲属关系   (高中英语单词)
  • differently [´difrentli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.不同地,有差别地   (高中英语单词)
  • significant [sig´nifikənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.重要的;意义重大的   (高中英语单词)
  • hurried [´hʌrid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.仓促的,慌忙的   (高中英语单词)
  • enthusiastic [inθju:zi´æstik] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.热情的,热心的   (高中英语单词)
  • elastic [i´læstik] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.灵活的 n.橡皮带   (高中英语单词)
  • vulgar [´vʌlgə] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.粗俗的;大众的   (英语四级单词)
  • besought [bi´sɔ:t] 移动到这儿单词发声  beseech过去式(分词)   (英语四级单词)
  • armlet [´ɑ:mlit] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.臂环(章);小(海)湾   (英语四级单词)
  • evolution [,i:və´lu:ʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.进化;发展;发育   (英语四级单词)
  • wonderfully [´wʌndəfuli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.令人惊讶地;奇妙地   (英语四级单词)
  • cruelly [´kruəli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.残酷地;极,非常   (英语四级单词)
  • futile [´fju:tail] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.无用的,无益的   (英语四级单词)
  • impatience [im´peiʃəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.不耐烦,急躁   (英语四级单词)
  • notorious [nəu´tɔ:riəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.臭名昭著的   (英语四级单词)
  • befell [bi´fel] 移动到这儿单词发声  befall的过去式   (英语四级单词)
  • wasting [´weistiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.&n.浪费(的)   (英语四级单词)
  • cologne [kə´ləun] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.科隆香水   (英语四级单词)
  • happening [´hæpəniŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.事件,偶然发生的事   (英语四级单词)
  • feminine [´feminin] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.女性的   (英语四级单词)
  • apparition [,æpə´riʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(幽灵)出现;鬼;幻影   (英语六级单词)
  • untimely [ʌn´taimli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.&ad.不合时宜的(地)   (英语六级单词)
  • runaway [´rʌnəwei] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.逃跑(者) a.逃亡的   (英语六级单词)
  • funnel [´fʌnəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.漏斗;通气道 v.集中   (英语六级单词)
  • speculative [´spekjulətiv] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.臆测的;投机的   (英语六级单词)
  • assured [ə´ʃuəd] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.确实的 n.被保险人   (英语六级单词)
  • taking [´teikiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.迷人的 n.捕获物   (英语六级单词)
  • involuntarily [in´vɔləntərili] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.不 自觉地   (英语六级单词)
  • segment [´segmənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.部分;段;弓形   (英语六级单词)

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