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Coming Home
Old Friends with New Faces
Miss Campbell
Thorns Among the Roses
Prince Charming
Polishing Mac
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

like the real ones." 


"Some novels are very useful and do as much good as sermons, 

I've heard Uncle say, because they not only describe truly, but 

teach so pleasantly that people like to learn in that way," said 

Rose, who knew the sort of books Kitty had read and did not 

wonder that she felt rather astray when she tried to guide herself by 

their teaching. 


"You pick me out some of the right kind, and I'll apply my mind to 

them. Then I ought to have some 'serious views' and 'methods' and 

'principles.' Steve said 'principles,' good firm ones, you know." And 

Kitty gave a little pull at the bit of cambric she was cutting as 

housewives pull cotton or calico when they want "a good firm 



Rose could not help laughing now, though much pleased, for Kitty 

was so prettily in earnest, and yet so perfectly ignorant how to 

begin on the self-improvement she very much needed, that it was 

pathetic as well as comical to see and hear her. 


"You certainly want some of those, and must begin at once to get 

them, but Aunt Jessie can help you there better than I can, or Aunt 

Jane, for she has very 'firm' ones, I assure you," said Rose, sobering 

down as quickly as possible. 


"Mercy on us! I should never dare to say a word about it to Mrs. 

Mac, for I'm dreadfully afraid of her, she is so stern, and how I'm 

ever to get on when she is my mother-in-law I don't know!" cried 

Kitty, clasping her hands in dismay at the idea. 


"She isn't half as stern as she looks, and if you go to her without 

fear, you've no idea how sensible and helpful she is. I used to be 

frightened out of my wits with her, but now I'm not a bit, and we 

get on nicely. Indeed, I'm fond of her, she is so reliable and upright 

in all things." 


"She certainly is the straightest woman I ever saw, and the most 

precise. I never shall forget how scared I was when Steve took me 

up to see her that first time. I put on all my plainest things, did my 

hair in a meek knob, and tried to act like a sober, sedate young 

woman. Steve would laugh at me and say I looked like a pretty 

nun, so I couldn't be as proper as I wished. Mrs. Mac was very 

kind, of course, but her eye was so sharp I felt as if she saw right 

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