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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

that made me try to imagine how it would seem to go on year after 

year with Gustavus who had a dreadful temper, by the way and it 

worried me so to think of it that I broke the engagement, and was 

so glad ever afterward." 

 

"You were a wise girl and I hope you'll do it again if you find, after 

a time, that you and Steve do not truly trust and respect as well as 

love one another. If you don't, you'll be miserable when it is too 

late, as so many people are who do marry in haste and have a 

lifetime to repent it. Aunt Jessie says so, and she knows." 

 

"Don't be solemn, Rose. It fidgets me to think about life-times, and 

respecting, and all those responsible things. I'm not used to it, and I 

don't know how to do it." 

 

"But you must think, and you must learn how before you take the 

responsibility upon yourself. That is what your life is for, and you 

mustn't spoil it by doing a very solemn thing without seeing if you 

are ready for it." 

 

"Do you think about all this?" asked Kitty, shrugging up her 

shoulders as if responsibility of any sort did not sit comfortably on 

them. 

 

"One has to sometimes, you know. But is that all you wanted to 

tell me?" added Rose, anxious to turn the conversation from 

herself. 

 

"Oh, dear, no! The most serious thing of all is this. Steve is putting 

himself in order generally, and so I want to do my part, and I must 

begin right away before my thoughts get distracted with clothes 

and all sorts of dear, delightful, frivolous things that I can't help 

liking. Now I wish you'd tell me where to begin. Shouldn't I 

improve my mind by reading something solid?" And Kitty looked 

over at the well-filled bookcase as if to see if it contained anything 

large and dry enough to be considered "solid." 

 

"It would be an excellent plan, and we'll look up something. What 

do you feel as if you needed most?" 

 

"A little of everything I should say, for when I look into my mind 

there really doesn't seem to be much there but odds and ends, and 

yet I'm sure I've read a great deal more than some girls do. I 

suppose novels don't count, though, and are of no use, for, 

goodness knows, the people and things they describe aren't a bit 


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