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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

 

"Very well, how shall I begin? Enlighten my ignorance and start 

me right, I beg." 

 

"Go about and see people, make yourself agreeable, and not sit in 

corners observing other people as if they were puppets dancing for 

your amusement. I heard Mrs. Van once say that propinquity 

works wonders, and she ought to know, having married off two 

daughters, and just engaged a third to 'a most charming young 

man.'? 

 

"Good lack! The cure sounds worse than the disease. Propinquity, 

hey? Why, I may be in danger this identical moment and can't flee 

for my life," said Mac, gently catching her round the waist for a 

general waltz. 

 

"Don't be alarmed, but mind your steps, for Charlie is looking at 

us, and I want you to do your best. That's perfect take me quite 

round, for I love to waltz and seldom get a good turn except with 

you boys," said Rose, smiling up at him approvingly as his strong 

arm guided her among the revolving couples and his feet kept time 

without a fault. 

 

"This certainly is a great improvement on the chair business, to 

which I have devoted myself with such energy that I've broken the 

backs of two partners and dislocated the arm of the old rocker. I 

took an occasional turn with that heavy party, thinking it good 

practice in case I ever happen to dance with stout ladies." And 

Mac nodded toward Annabel, pounding gaily with Mr. Tokio, 

whose yellow countenance beamed as his beady eyes rested on his 

plump fiancée. 

 

Pausing in the midst of her merriment at the image of Mac and the 

old rocking chair, Rose said reprovingly, "Though a heathen 

Chinee, Fun puts you to shame, for he did not ask foolish questions 

but went a-wooing like a sensible little man, and I've no doubt 

Annabel will be very happy." 

 

"Choose me a suitable divinity and I will try to adore. Can I do 

more than that to retrieve my character?" answered Mac, safely 

landing his partner and plying the fan according to instructions. 

 

"How would Emma do?" inquired Rose, whose sense of the 

ludicrous was strong and who could not resist the temptation of 

horrifying Mac by the suggestion. 

 

"Never! It sets my teeth on edge to look at her tonight. I suppose 


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