Tired, anxious and shifting uncomfortably in the dark, Nell Wilson could feel the throb of her foot preparing to nag at her as she kept her vigil through the cold night. Two in the morning was a lonely time when you were the only one awake, on a bus full of schoolgirls stranded half way up a mountain. Con was there too, of course, but it was too dark to see her, and too dangerous to risk reaching out to her as she slept on the floor tangled up in rugs and Joey Bettany.
When they're trapped overnight on the bus by the floods in New Chalet School, there's no room for Nell to lie down to sleep so she spends the night sat on a suitcase; as she settled herself into this position she 'got into Miss Stewart's big ulster, pinning it round her with safety pins, since she was a much slighter woman; tucked her 'pillow' between her shoulders and the side of the seat against which she was leaning, and so prepared to make what she could of the night.'
This is part of her night.
Thanks to the eagle-eyes of Vick and Eleanore for spotting a bit of an embarrasing EBDism in an earlier version of this :-)