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Coming Home
Old Friends with New Faces
Miss Campbell
Thorns Among the Roses
Prince Charming
Polishing Mac
Breakers Ahead
New Year's Calls
The Sad and Sober Part
Small Temptations
At Kitty's Ball
Both Sides
Aunt Clara's Plan
Alas for Charlie!
Good Works
Among the Haycocks
Which Was It?
Behind the Fountain
What Mac Did
How Phebe Earned Her Welcome
Short and Sweet

observed that "it was no fun playing where you had to look out for 

windows and jars and things, so I'd like that jolly book about 

Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, please." 


Being gratified, he spread himself upon the couch, crossed his legs 

in the air, and without another word dived Twenty Thousand 

Leagues Under the Sea, where he remained for two mortal hours, 

to the general satisfaction of his relatives. 


Bereft both of her unexpected playfellow and the much desired 

book, Rose went into the parlor, there to discover a French novel 

which Kitty had taken from a library and left in the carriage among 

the bundles. Settling herself in her favorite lounging chair, she 

read as diligently as Jamie while the wind howled and snow fell 

fast without. 


For an hour nothing disturbed the cozy quiet of the house for Aunt 

Plenty was napping upstairs and Dr. Alec writing in his own 

sanctum; at least Rose thought so, till his step made her hastily 

drop the book and look up with very much the expression she used 

to wear when caught in mischief years ago. 


"Did I startle you? Have a screen you are burning your face before 

this hot fire." And Dr. Alec pulled one forward. 


"Thank you, Uncle. I didn't feel it." And the color seemed to 

deepen in spite of the screen while the uneasy eyes fell upon the 

book in her lap. 


"Have you got the Quarterly there? I want to glance at an article in 

it if you can spare it for a moment," he said, leaning toward her 

with an inquiring glance. 


"No, sir, I am reading." And, without mentioning the name, Rose 

put the book into his hand. 


The instant his eye fell on the title he understood the look she wore 

and knew what "mischief" she had been in. He knit his brows, then 

smiled, because it was impossible to help it Rose looked so 

conscience-stricken in spite of her twenty years. 


"How do you find it? Interesting?" 


"Oh, very! I felt as if I was in another world and forgot all about 



"Not a very good world, I fancy, if you were afraid or ashamed to 

be found in it. Where did this come from?" asked Dr. Alec, 

surveying the book with great disfavor. Rose told him, and added 

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