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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

blunt English," she said a little pettishly, for she felt annoyed by 

her failure to prove the contested point. 


"Ah, my dear, if the fine phrases won't bear putting into honest 

English, the thoughts they express won't bear putting into your 

innocent mind! That chapter is the key to the whole book, and if 

you had been led up, or rather down, to it artfully and artistically, 

you might have read it to yourself without seeing how bad it is. All 

the worse for the undeniable talent which hides the evil so subtly 

and makes the danger so delightful." 


He paused a moment, then added with an anxious glance at the 

book, over which she was still bending, "Finish it if you choose 

only remember, my girl, that one may read at forty what is unsafe 

at twenty, and that we never can be too careful what food we give 

that precious yet perilous thing called imagination." 


And taking his Review, he went away to look over a learned article 

which interested him much less than the workings of a young mind 



Another long silence, broken only by an occasional excited bounce 

from Jamie when the sociable cuttlefish looked in at the windows 

or the Nautilus scuttled a ship or two in its terrific course. A bell 

rang, and the doctor popped his head out to see if he was wanted. 

It was only a message for Aunt Plenty, and he was about to pop in 

again when his eye was caught by a square parcel on the slab. 


"What's this?" he asked, taking it up. 


"Rose wants me to leave it at Kitty Van's when I go. I forgot to 

bring her book from Mama, so I shall go and get it as soon as ever 

I've done this," replied Jamie from his nest. 


As the volume in his hands was a corpulent one, and Jamie only a 

third of the way through, Dr. Alec thought Rose's prospect rather 

doubtful and, slipping the parcel into his pocket, he walked away, 

saying with a satisfied air: "Virtue doesn't always get rewarded, but 

it shall be this time if I can do it." 


More than half an hour afterward, Rose woke from a little nap and 

found the various old favorites with which she had tried to solace 

herself replaced by the simple, wholesome story promised by Aunt 



"Good boy! I'll go and thank him," she said half aloud, jumping up, 

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