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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

next minute. When not thus engaged Mac stood about with his 

thumbs in his vest pockets, regarding the lively crowd like a 

meditative philosopher of a cheerful aspect, often smiling to 

himself at some whimsical fancy of his own, knitting his brows as 

some bit of ill-natured gossip met his ear, or staring with 

undisguised admiration as a beautiful face or figure caught his eye. 

 

"I hope that girl knows what a treasure she has got. But I doubt if 

she ever fully appreciates it," said Mrs. Jane, bringing her 

spectacles to bear upon Kitty as she whisked by, causing quite a 

gale with her flying skirts. 

 

"I think she will, for Steve has been so well brought up, she cannot 

but see and feel the worth of what she has never had, and being so 

young she will profit by it," answered Mrs. Jessie softly, thinking 

of the days when she and her Jem danced together, just betrothed. 

 

"I've done my duty by both the boys, and done it thoroughly, or 

their father would have spoilt them, for he's no more idea of 

discipline than a child." And Aunt Jane gave her own palm a smart 

rap with her closed fan, emphasizing the word "thoroughly" in a 

most suggestive manner. 

 

"I've often wished I had your firmness, Jane but after all, I'm not 

sure that I don't like my own way best, at least with my boys, for 

plenty of love, and plenty of patience, seem to have succeeded 

pretty well." And Aunt Jessie lifted the nosegay from her lap, 

feeling as if that unfailing love and patience were already 

blooming into her life as beautifully as the sweet-breathed roses 

given by her boy refreshed and brightened these long hours of 

patient waiting in a corner. 

 

"I don't deny that you've done well, Jessie, but you've been let 

alone and had no one to hold your hand or interfere. If my Mac had 

gone to sea as your Jem did, I never should have been as severe as 

I am. Men are so perverse and shortsighted, they don't trouble 

about the future as long as things are quiet and comfortable in the 

present," continued Mrs. Jane, quite forgetting that the 

shortsighted partner of the firm, physically speaking at least, was 

herself. 

 

"Ah, yes! We mothers love to foresee and foretell our children's 


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