Main  Contacts  
Table of contents
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

which certainly had been rather taken away by this entirely new 

and by no means agreeable scheme. 

 

"Mother suggested it I shouldn't have dared even to dream of such 

richness. I'd made up my mind to go alone, and when I told her, 

she was in despair till this superb idea came into her head. After 

that, of course, it was easy enough for me to stick to the resolution 

I'd made." 

 

"Why did you decide to go, Charlie?" And Rose looked up into the 

eyes that were fixed beseechingly on hers. 

 

They wavered and glanced aside, then met hers honestly yet full of 

humility, which made her own fall as he answered very low: 

"Because I don't dare to stay." 

 

"Is it so hard?" she said pitifully. 

 

"Very hard. I haven't the moral courage to own up and face 

ridicule, and it seems so mean to hide for fear of breaking my 

word. I will keep it this time, Rose, if I go to the ends of the earth 

to do it." 

 

"It is not cowardly to flee temptation, and nobody whose opinion is 

worth having will ridicule any brave attempt to conquer one's self. 

Don't mind it, Charlie, but stand fast, and I am sure you will 

succeed." 

 

"You don't know what it is, and I can't tell you, for till I tried to 

give it up I never guessed what a grip it had on me. I thought it was 

only a habit, easy to drop when I liked, but it is stronger than I, and 

sometimes I feel as if possessed of a devil that will get the better 

of me, try as I may." 

 

He dropped her hands abruptly as he said that, with the energy of 

despair; and, as if afraid of saying too much, he left her for a 

minute, striking away at full speed, as if in truth he would "go to 

the ends of the earth" to escape the enemy within himself. 

 

Rose stood still, appalled by this sudden knowledge of how much 

greater the evil was than she had dreamed. What ought she to do? 

Go with her cousin, and by so doing tacitly pledge herself as his 

companion on that longer journey for which he was as yet so 

poorly equipped? Both heart and conscience protested against this 

so strongly that she put the thought away. But compassion pleaded 

for him tenderly, and the spirit of self-sacrifice, which makes 


Page 4 from 6:  Back   1   2   3  [4]  5   6   Forward