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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

will be successful." And Rose made her curtsey as the dance 

ended. 

 

"I don't expect perfection, but I should like one as good as they 

ever make them nowadays. If you are looking for the honest man, I 

wish you success in return," said Mac, relinquishing her fan with a 

glance of such sympathetic significance that a quick flush of 

feeling rose to the girl's face as she answered very low, "If honesty 

was all I wanted, I certainly have found it in you." 

 

Then she went away with Charlie, who was waiting for his turn, 

and Mac roamed about, wondering if anywhere in all that crowd 

his future wife was hidden, saying to himself, as he glanced from 

face to face, quite unresponsive to the various allurements 

displayed, 

 

"What care I how fair she be, 

If she be not fair for me?" 

 

Just before supper several young ladies met in the dressing room to 

repair damages and, being friends, they fell into discourse as they 

smoothed their locks and had their tattered furbelows sewed or 

pinned up by the neat-handed Phillis-in-waiting. 

 

When each had asked the other, "How do I look tonight, dear?" 

and been answered with reciprocal enthusiasm, "Perfectly lovely, 

darling!" Kitty said to Rose, who was helping her to restore order 

out of the chaos to which much exercise had reduced her curls: 

"By the way, young Randal is dying to be presented to you. May I 

after supper?" 

 

"No, thank you," answered Rose very decidedly. 

 

"Well, I'm sure I don't see why not," began Kitty, looking 

displeased but not surprised. 

 

"I think you do, else why didn't you present him when he asked? 

You seldom stop to think of etiquette why did you now?" 

 

"I didn't like to do it till I had you are so particular I thought you'd 

say 'no,' but I couldn't tell him so," stammered Kitty, feeling that 

she had better have settled the matter herself, for Rose was very 

particular and had especial reason to dislike this person because he 

was not only a dissipated young reprobate himself but seemed 

possessed of Satan to lead others astray likewise. 

 

"I don't wish to be rude, dear, but I really must decline, for I cannot 

know such people, even though I meet them here," said Rose, 


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