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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

 

"Man is his own star; and the soul that can 

Render an honest and a perfect man 

Commands all light, all influence, all fate. 

Nothing to him falls early or too late. 

 

Our acts our angels are; or good or ill, 

Our fatal shadows that walk by us still." 

 

"Confoundedly bad angels they are too," muttered Charlie ruefully, 

remembering the one that undid him. 

 

His cousins never knew exactly what occurred on New Year's 

night, but suspected that something was amiss, for Charlie had the 

blues, and Rose, though as kind as ever, expressed no surprise at 

his long absences. They had all observed and wondered at this 

state of things, yet discreetly made no remark till Steve, who was 

as inquisitive as a magpie, seized this opportunity to say in a 

friendly tone, which showed that he bore no malice for the dark 

prophecy regarding his Kitty's faithfulness: "What's the trouble, 

Prince? You are so seldom in a bad humor that we don't know 

what to make of it and all feel out of spirits when you have the 

blues. Had a tiff with Rose?" 

 

"Never you mind, little boy, but this I will say the better women 

are, the more unreasonable they are. They don't require us to be 

saints like themselves, which is lucky, but they do expect us to 

render an 'honest and a perfect man' sometimes, and that is asking 

rather too much in a fallen world like this," said Charlie, glad to 

get a little sympathy, though he had no intention of confessing his 

transgressions. 

 

"No, it isn't," said Mac, decidedly. 

 

"Much you know about it," began Charlie, ill pleased to be so 

flatly contradicted. 

 

"Well, I know this much," added Mac, suddenly sitting up with his 

hair in a highly disheveled condition. "It is very unreasonable in us 

to ask women to be saints and then expect them to feel honored 

when we offer them our damaged hearts or, at best, one not half as 

good as theirs. If they weren't blinded by love, they'd see what a 

mean advantage we take of them and not make such bad bargains." 

 

"Upon my word, the philosopher is coming out strong upon the 

subject! We shall have him preaching 'Women's Rights' directly," 


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