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hopeful expression which always made her feel as if he was
heaping coals of fire on her head.
"I wish you wouldn't look at me in that way it fidgets me," she said
a little petulantly, for she had been out riding, and knew that she
did not present a "spiritual" appearance after the frosty air had
reddened nose as well as cheeks.
"I'll try to remember. It does itself before I know it. Perhaps this
may mend matters." And, taking out the blue glasses he sometimes
wore in the wind, he gravely put them on.
Rose could not help laughing, but his obedience only aggravated
her, for she knew he could observe her all the better behind his
"No, it won't they are not becoming, and I don't want to look blue
when I do not feel so," she said, finding it impossible to guess
what he would do next or to help enjoying his peculiarities.
"But you don't to me, for in spite of the goggles everything is
rose-colored now." And he pocketed the glasses without a murmur
at the charming inconsistency of his idol.
"Really, Mac, I'm tired of this nonsense, it worries me and wastes
"Never worked harder. But does it really trouble you to know I
love you?" he asked anxiously.
"Don't you see how cross it makes me?" And she walked away,
feeling that things were not going as she intended to have them at
"I don't mind the thorns if I get the rose at last, and I still hope I
may, some ten years hence," said this persistent suitor, quite
undaunted by the prospect of a "long wait."
"I think it is rather hard to be loved whether I like it or not,"
objected Rose, at a loss how to make any headway against such
"But you can't help it, nor can I so I must go on doing it with all
my heart till you marry, and then well, then I'm afraid I may hate
somebody instead," and Mac spoilt the pen by an involuntary slash
of his knife.
"Please don't, Mac!"
"Do which, love or hate?"
"Don't do either go and care for someone else; there are plenty of
nice girls who will be glad to make you happy," said Rose, intent
upon ending her disquiet in some way.
"That is too easy. I enjoy working for my blessings, and the harder
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