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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

forget that, and burned to lend him a hand somewhere, but he 

begged me to let him manage his wooing in his own way. And 

from what I see, I should say he knew how to do it," added Archie, 

finding it very delightful to gossip about love affairs with his 

sweetheart. 

 

"Dear little mistress! How does she behave?" asked Phebe, longing 

for news, but too grateful to ask at headquarters, remembering how 

generously Rose had tried to help her, even by silence, the greatest 

sacrifice a woman can make at such interesting periods. 

 

"Very sweet and shy and charming. I try not to watch but upon my 

word I cannot help it sometimes, she is so 'cunning,' as you girls 

say. When I carry her a letter from Mac she tries so hard not to 

show how glad she is that I want to laugh and tell her I know all 

about it. But I look as sober as a judge and as stupid as an owl by 

daylight, and she enjoys her letters in peace and thinks I'm so 

absorbed in my own passion that I'm blind to hers." 

 

"But why did Mac come away? He says lectures brought him, and 

he goes, but I am sure something else is in his mind, he looks so 

happy at times. I don't see him very often, but when I do I'm 

conscious that he isn't the Mac I left a year ago," said Phebe, 

leading Archie away, for inexorable propriety forbade a longer 

stay, even if prudence and duty had not given her a reminding 

nudge, as it was very cold, and afternoon church came in an hour. 

 

"Well, you see Mac was always peculiar, and he cannot even grow 

up like other fellows. I don't understand him yet, and am sure he's 

got some plan in his head that no one suspects, unless it is Uncle 

Alec. Love makes us all cut queer capers, and I've an idea that the 

Don will distinguish himself in some uncommon way. So be 

prepared to applaud whatever it is. We owe him that, you know." 

 

"Indeed we do! If Rose ever speaks of him to you, tell her I shall 

see that he comes to no harm, and she must do the same for my 

Archie." 

 

That unusual demonstration of tenderness from reserved Phebe 

very naturally turned the conversation into a more personal 

channel, and Archie devoted himself to building castles in the air 

so successfully that they passed the material mansion without 


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