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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

desire to laugh at her sudden fancy for sobriety but said in her 

most sympathetic tone: "I'm very glad to hear it, for it shows that 

he loves you in the right way." 

 

"Is there more than one way?" 

 

"Yes, I fancy so, because some people improve so much after they 

fall in love, and others do not at all. Have you never observed 

that?" 

 

"I never learned how to observe. Of course I know that some 

matches turn out well and some don't, but I never thought much 

about it." 

 

"Well, I have, for I was rather interested in the subject lately and 

had a talk with Aunt Jessie and Uncle about it." 

 

"Gracious! You don't talk to them about such things, do you?" 

 

"Yes, indeed. I ask any questions I like, and always get a good 

answer. It is such a nice way to learn, Kitty, for you don't have to 

pore over books, but as things come along you talk about them and 

remember, and when they are spoken of afterward you understand 

and are interested, though you don't say a word," explained Rose. 

 

"It must be nice, but I haven't anyone to do so for me. Papa is too 

busy, and Mama always says when I ask question, 'Don't trouble 

your head with such things, child,' so I don't. What did you learn 

about matches turning out well? I'm interested in that, because I 

want mine to be quite perfect in all respects." 

 

"After thinking it over, I came to the conclusion that Uncle was 

right, and it is not always safe to marry a person just because you 

love him," began Rose, trying to enlighten Kitty without betraying 

herself. 

 

"Of course not if they haven't money or are bad. But otherwise I 

don't see what more is needed," said Kitty wonderingly. 

 

"One should stop and see if it is a wise love, likely to help both 

parties and wear well, for you know it ought to last all one's 

lifetime, and it is very sad if it doesn't." 

 

"I declare it quite scares me to think of it, for I don't usually go 

beyond my wedding day in making plans. I remember, though, that 

when I was engaged the first time you don't know the man; it was 

just after you went away, and I was only sixteen someone very 

ill-naturedly said I should 'marry in haste and repent at leisure,' and 


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