The watchers saw the bus open. Then out of it stepped the tallest girl they had ever seen.When Patience is greeted by Mrs. Elwood, "A voice almost masculine in its depth answered." Naturally, my modern mind started thinking that the new girl is a man masquerading as a girl, and... But no, she really is a girl, but I had a good chuckle over my hasty deduction. Books read so much differently nearly 100 years after they were written.
"I believe she is seven feet tall," muttered Emma Dean. "I'm sure of it."
"Nonsense," laughed Miriam. "But she is not far from six. I wish it were daylight, then we could see her face."
In this book, Kathleen West backstabs Grace in the worst manner imaginable. Grace gives Kathleen a great story for her newspaper, all because Grace wishes not to be involved with the police due to a promise she made to her father. Kathleen can use the story so long as Grace's name is kept out of it. Kathleen ignores Grace's request and uses her name. For the first time, we get to see Grace so furious that she admits that she despises Kathleen. Even though Grace despises someone for the first time, she is still willing to give Kathleen a chance to redeem herself.
As happens in all of these books, Kathleen regrets her actions and becomes Grace's friend near the end of the story. I still wish the bad girls would get banished or something. In real life, bad people do not always become good people later.