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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

tones, and just as she was about to look up, they fell on a shabby 

little footstool. Trifles affect women curiously, and often most 

irresistibly when some agitation sways them. The sight of the old 

hassock vividly recalled Charlie, for he had kicked it on the night 

she never liked to remember. Like a spark it fired a long train of 

recollections, and the thought went through her mind: "I fancied I 

loved him, and let him see it, but I deceived myself, and he 

reproached me for a single look that said too much. This feeling is 

very different, but too new and sudden to be trusted. I'll neither 

look nor speak till I am quite sure, for Mac's love is far deeper than 

poor Charlie's, and I must be very true." 


Not in words did the resolve shape itself, but in a quick impulse, 

which she obeyed certain that it was right, since it was hard to 

yield to it. Only an instant's silence followed Mac's answer as she 

stood looking down with fingers intertwined and color varying in 

her cheeks. A foolish attitude, but Mac thought it a sweet picture 

of maiden hesitation and began to hope that a month's wooing was 

about to end in winning for a lifetime. He deceived himself, 

however, and cold water fell upon his flame, subduing but by no 

means quenching it, when Rose looked up with an air of 

determination which could not escape eyes that were growing 

wonderfully farsighted lately. 


"I came in here to beg Uncle to advise you to go away soon. You 

are very patient and forbearing, and I feel it more than I can tell. 

But it is not good for you to depend on anyone so much for your 

happiness, I think, and I know it is bad for me to feel that I have so 

much power over a fellow creature. Go away, Mac, and see if this 

isn't all a mistake. Don't let a fancy for me change or delay your 

work, because it may end as suddenly as it began, and then we 

should both reproach ourselves and each other. Please do! I respect 

and care for you so much, I can't be happy to take all and give 

nothing. I try to, but I'm not sure I want to think it is too soon to 

know yet." 


Rose began bravely, but ended in a fluttered sort of way as she 

moved toward the door, for Mac's face though it fell at first, 

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