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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

streamers with the superior air of a woman of the world, aged 



"Ah! But we do know, and if our silence and civility have no 

effect, we ought to try something else and not encourage 

wickedness of any kind. We needn't scold and preach, but we can 

refuse to know such people and that will do some good, for they 

don't like to be shunned and shut out from respectable society. 

Uncle Alec told me not to know that man, and I won't." Rose 

spoke with unusual warmth, forgetting that she could not tell the 

real reason for her strong prejudice against "that man." 


"Well, I know him. I think him very jolly, and I'm engaged to 

dance the German with him after supper. He leads quite as well as 

your cousin Charlie and is quite as fascinating, some people 

think," returned Emma, tossing her head disdainfully, for Prince 

Charming did not worship at her shrine and it piqued her vanity. 


In spite of her quandary, Rose could not help smiling as she 

recalled Mac's comparison, for Emma turned so red with spiteful 

chagrin, she seemed to have added strawberry ice to the other 

varieties composing the Harlequin. 


"Each must judge for herself. I shall follow Aunt Jessie's advice 

and try to keep my atmosphere as pure as I can, for she says every 

woman has her own little circle and in it can use her influence for 

good, if she will. I do will heartily, and I'll prove that I'm neither 

proud nor fussy by receiving, here or at home, any respectable man 

you like to present to me, no matter how poor or plain or 

insignificant he may be." 


With which declaration Rose ended her protest, and the four 

damsels streamed downstairs together like a wandering rainbow. 

But Kitty laid to heart what she had said; Annabel took credit 

herself for siding with her; and Emma owned that she was not 

trying to keep her atmosphere pure when she came to dance with 

the objectionable Randal. So Rose's "little circle" was the better 

for the influence she tried to exert, although she never knew it. 


At suppertime Charlie kept near her, and she was quite content 

with him, for he drank only coffee, and she saw him shake his 

head with a frown when young Van beckoned him toward an 

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