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DORA's time was so fully occupied for the rest of the morning that she was quite unable to form any scheme of amusement; and three o'clock arrived, and with it carriage after carriage, each bringing an importation of visitors, before she had at all decided upon what was to be done with them. Frank had gone out with the young Dornfords, who came early, according to their engagement; and the three boys who arrived afterwards were immediately despatched to the lake to find him, and amuse themselves with skaiting.
Boys are no trouble," thought Dora; "they always go out of doors, and take care of themselves : but girls "-and she sighed as she looked upon the five young ladies who, dressed in their best silks and gayest bonnets, stood each by the side of her mamma, very silent, very shy, and very uncomfortable.
"You will take your young friends into the school-room, Dora," said Mrs. Harrington, in her most gentle tone. "I suppose none of them will like walking such a cold afternoon as this: but you will find plenty of entertainment for them there; and with Margaret, and Miss Cunningham, and Amy, you will make quite a pleasant little party." "There can be no doubt of that," said a tall,