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Coming Home
Old Friends with New Faces
Miss Campbell
Thorns Among the Roses
Prince Charming
Polishing Mac
Phebe
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

wide awake and much pleased. 

 

But she did not go, for just then she spied her uncle standing on the 

rug warming his hands with a generally fresh and breezy look 

about him which suggested a recent struggle with the elements. 

 

"How did this come?" she asked suspiciously. 

 

"A man brought it." 

 

"This man? Oh, Uncle! Why did you take so much trouble just to 

gratify a wish of mine?" she cried, taking both the cold hands in 

hers with a tenderly reproachful glance from the storm without to 

the ruddy face above her. 

 

"Because, having taken away your French bonbons with the 

poisonous color on them, I wanted to get you something better. 

Here it is, all pure sugar, the sort that sweetens the heart as well as 

the tongue and leaves no bad taste behind." 

 

"How good you are to me! I don't deserve it, for I didn't resist 

temptation, though I tried. Uncle, after I'd put the book away, I 

thought I must just see how it ended, and I'm afraid I should have 

read it all if it had not been gone," said Rose, laying her face down 

on the hands she held as humbly as a repentant child. 

 

But Uncle Alec lifted up the bent head and, looking into the eyes 

that met his frankly, though either held a tear, he said, with the 

energy that always made his words remembered: "My little girl, I 

would face a dozen storms far worse than this to keep your soul as 

stainless as snow, for it is the small temptations which undermine 

integrity unless we watch and pray and never think them too trivial 

to be resisted." 

 

Some people would consider Dr. Alec an overcareful man, but 

Rose felt that he was right, and when she said her prayers that 

night, added a meek petition to be kept from yielding to three of 

the small temptations which beset a rich, pretty, and romantic girl 

extravagance, coquetry, and novel reading. 

 

 

 

 


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