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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

who can't afford anything better, but you can, and you really ought. 

Your things are pretty enough in their way, and I rather like you to 

have a style of your own, but it looks odd and people will think 

you are mean if you don't make more show. Besides, you don't do 

justice to your beauty, which would be both peculiar and striking if 

you'd devote your mind to getting up ravishing costumes." 


Much more to the same effect did her aunt say, discussing the 

subject quite artistically and unconsciously appealing to several of 

Rose's ruling passions. One was a love for the delicate fabrics, 

colors, and ornaments which refined tastes enjoy and whose 

costliness keeps them from ever growing common; another, her 

strong desire to please the eyes of those she cared for and gratify 

their wishes in the smallest matter if she could. And last, but not 

least, the natural desire of a young and pretty woman to enhance 

the beauty which she so soon discovers to be her most potent 

charm for the other sex, her passport to a high place among her 

maiden peers. 


She had thought seriously of surprising and delighting everyone by 

appearing in a costume which should do justice to the loveliness 

which was so modest that it was apt to forget itself in admiring 

others what girls call a "ravishing" dress, such as she could 

imagine and easily procure by the magic of the Fortunatus' purse in 

her pocket. She had planned it all, the shimmer of pale silk 

through lace like woven frostwork, ornaments of some classic 

pattern, and all the dainty accessories as perfect as time, taste, and 

money could make them. 


She knew that Uncle Alec's healthful training had given her a 

figure that could venture on any fashion and Nature blessed her 

with a complexion that defied all hues. So it was little wonder that 

she felt a strong desire to use these gifts, not for the pleasure of 

display, but to seem fair in the eyes that seldom looked at her 

without a tender sort of admiration, all the more winning when no 

words marred the involuntary homage women love. 


These thoughts were busy in Rose's mind as she sat looking at the 

lovely silk and wondering what Charlie would say if she should 

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