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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

laughing, to the great surprise of his neighbors, who wondered 

what there was amusing about the Chinese sage. "It is rather 

alarming, though, to have these infants going on at this rate. Seems 

to be catching, a new sort of scarlet fever, to judge by Annabel's 

cheeks and Kitty's gown," he added, regarding the aforesaid ladies 

with eyes still twinkling with merriment. 

 

"Don't be ungallant, but go and do likewise, for it is all the fashion. 

I heard Mrs. Van tell old Mrs. Joy that it was going to be a 

marrying year, so you'll be sure to catch it," answered Rose, 

reefing her skirts, for, with all his training, Mac still found it 

difficult to keep his long legs out of the man-traps. 

 

"It doesn't look like a painful disease, but I must be careful, for I've 

no time to be ill now. What are the symptoms?" asked Mac, trying 

to combine business with pleasure and improve his mind while 

doing his duty. 

 

"If you ever come back I'll tell you," laughed Rose as he danced 

away into the wrong corner, bumped smartly against another 

gentleman, and returned as soberly as if that was the proper figure. 

 

"Well, tell me 'how not to do it,'" he said, subsiding for a 

moment's talk when Rose had floated to and fro in her turn. 

 

"Oh! You see some young girl who strikes you as particularly 

charming whether she really is or not doesn't matter a bit and you 

begin to think about her a great deal, to want to see her, and to get 

generally sentimental and absurd," began Rose, finding it difficult 

to give a diagnosis of the most mysterious disease under the sun. 

 

"Don't think it sounds enticing. Can't I find an antidote somewhere, 

for if it is in the air this year I'm sure to get it, and it may be fatal," 

said Mac, who felt pretty lively and liked to make Rose merry, for 

he suspected that she had a little trouble from a hint Dr. Alec had 

given him. 

 

"I hope you will catch it, because you'll be so funny." 

 

"Will you take care of me as you did before, or have you got your 

hands full?" 

 

"I'll help, but really with Archie and Steve and Charlie, I shall have 

enough to do. You'd better take it lightly the first time, and so 

won't need much care." 


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