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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

to make a man of Mac all at once, and a manly man, too, who was 

not daunted by disappointment but could "hope against hope" and 

resolve to make her love him if it took years to do it. 


There was the charm of novelty about this sort of wooing, and she 

tried to guess how he would set about it, felt curious to see how he 

would behave when next they met, and was half angry with herself 

for not being able to decide how she ought to act. The more she 

thought, the more bewildered she grew, for having made up her 

mind that Mac was a genius, it disturbed all her plans to find him a 

lover, and such an ardent one. As it was impossible to predict what 

would come next, she gave up trying to prepare for it and, tired 

with vain speculations, carried Dulce off to bed, wishing she could 

tuck away her love troubles as quietly and comfortably as she did 

her sleepy little charge. 


Simple and sincere in all things, Mac gave Rose a new surprise by 

keeping his promise to the letter asked nothing of her, said nothing 

of his hope, and went on as if nothing had happened, quite in the 

old friendly way. No, not quite, for now and then, when she least 

expected it, she saw again the indescribable expression on his face, 

a look that seemed to shed a sudden sunshine over her, making her 

eyes fall involuntarily, her color rise, and her heart beat quicker for 

a moment. Not a word did he say, but she felt that a new 

atmosphere surrounded her when he was by, and although he used 

none of the little devices most lovers employ to keep the flame 

alight, it was impossible to forget that underneath his quietude 

there was a hidden world of fire and force ready to appear at a 

touch, a word from her. 


This was rather dangerous knowledge for Rose, and she soon 

began to feel that there were more subtle temptations than she had 

expected, for it was impossible to be unconscious of her power, or 

always to resist the trials of it which daily came unsought. She had 

never felt this desire before, for Charlie was the only one who had 

touched her heart, and he was constantly asking as well as giving, 

and wearied her by demanding too much or oppressed her by 

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