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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

reply must give. 

 

She got no further, however, for those last words wrought a 

marvelous change in Mac. Dropping her hands, he stood erect, as 

if inspired with sudden energy and hope, while over his face there 

came a brave, bright look, which for the moment made him a 

nobler and comelier man than ever handsome Prince had been. 

"It is a comfort!" he said, in a tone of gratitude that touched her 

very much. "You said your love must be founded on respect, and 

that you have given me why can I not earn the rest? I'm nothing 

now, but everything is possible when one loves with all his heart 

and soul and strength. Rose, I will be your hero if a mortal man 

can, even though I have to work and wait for years. I'll make you 

love me, and be glad to do it. Don't be frightened. I've not lost my 

wits I've just found them. I don't ask anything I'll never speak of 

my hope, but it is no use to stop me. I must try it, and I will 

succeed!" 

 

With the last words, uttered in a ringing voice while his face 

glowed, his eyes shone, and he looked as if carried out of himself 

by the passion that possessed him, Mac abruptly left the room, like 

one eager to change words to deeds and begin his task at once. 

 

Rose was so amazed by all this that she sat down trembling a little, 

not with fear or anger, but a feeling half pleasure, half pain, and a 

sense of some new power subtle, strong, and sweet that had come 

into her life. It seemed as if another Mac had taken the place of the 

one she had known so long an ardent, ambitious man, ready for 

any work now that the magical moment had come when everything 

seems possible to love. If hope could work such a marvelous 

change for a moment, could not happiness do it for a lifetime? It 

would be an exciting experiment to try, she thought, remembering 

the sudden illumination which made that familiar face both 

beautiful and strange. 

 

She could not help wondering how long this unsuspected 

sentiment had been growing in his heart and felt perplexed by its 

peculiar demonstration, for she had never had a lover like this 

before. It touched and flattered her, nevertheless and she could not 

but feel honored by a love so genuine and generous, for it seemed 


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