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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

not marry till late, if ever, being fond of books and a quiet life," 

responded Mrs. Jane, remembering how often her son had 

expressed his belief that philosophers should not marry and 

brought up Plato as an example of the serene wisdom to be 

attained only by a single man while her husband sided with 

Socrates, for whom he felt a profound sympathy, though he didn't 

dare to own it. 

 

"Well, I don't know about that. Since my Archie surprised me by 

losing his heart as he did, I'm prepared for anything, and advise 

you to do likewise. I really shouldn't wonder if Mac did something 

remarkable in that line, though he shows no sign of it yet, I 

confess," answered Mrs. Jessie, laughing. 

 

"It won't be in that direction, you may be sure, for her fate is 

sealed. Dear me, how sad it is to see a superior girl like that about 

to throw herself away on a handsome scapegrace. I won't mention 

names, but you understand me." And Mrs. Jane shook her head, as 

if she could mention the name of one superior girl who had thrown 

herself away and now saw the folly of it. 

 

"I'm very anxious, of course, and so is Alec, but it may be the 

saving of one party and the happiness of the other, for some 

women love to give more than they receive," said Mrs. Jessie, 

privately wondering, for the thousandth time, why brother Mac 

ever married the learned Miss Humphries. 

 

"You'll see that it won't prosper, and I shall always maintain that a 

wife cannot entirely undo a mother's work. Rose will have her 

hands full if she tries to set all Clara's mistakes right," answered 

Aunt Jane grimly, then began to fan violently as their hostess 

approached to have a dish of chat about "our dear young people." 

 

Rose was in a merry mood that night, and found Mac quite ready 

for fun, which was fortunate, since her first remark set them off on 

a droll subject. 

 

"Oh, Mac! Annabel has just confided to me that she is engaged to 

Fun See! Think of her going to housekeeping in Canton someday 

and having to order rats, puppies, and bird's-nest soup for dinner," 

whispered Rose, too much amused to keep the news to herself. 

 

"By Confucius! Isn't that a sweet prospect?" And Mac burst out 


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