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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

turning from the hall door, whither she had courteously 

accompanied her guest. 

 

The wish was granted a moment after, for, going into the parlor to 

decide where some of her pictures should hang, she saw a pair of 

brown boots at one end of the sofa, a tawny-brown head at the 

other, and discovered that Charlie was busily occupied in doing 

nothing. 

 

"The voice of the Bliss was heard in the land, so I dodged till she 

went upstairs, and then took a brief siesta while waiting to pay my 

respects to the distinguished traveler, Lady Hester Stanhope," he 

said, leaping up to make his best bow. 

 

"The voice of the sluggard would be a more appropriate quotation, 

I think. Does Annabel still pine for you?" asked Rose, recalling 

certain youthful jokes upon the subject of unrequited affections. 

 

"Not a bit of it. Fun has cut me out, and the fair Annabella will be 

Mrs. Tokio before the winter is over if I'm not much mistaken." 

 

"What, little Fun See? How droll it seems to think of him grown up 

and married to Annabel of all people! She never said a word about 

him, but this accounts for her admiring my pretty Chinese things 

and being so interested in Canton." 

 

"Little Fun is a great swell now, and much enamored of our fat 

friend, who will take to chopsticks whenever he says the word. I 

needn't ask how you do, Cousin, for you beat that Aurora all 

hollow in the way of color. I should have been up before, but I 

thought you'd like a good rest after your voyage." 

 

"I was running a race with Jamie before nine o'clock. What were 

you doing, young man?" 

 

"'Sleeping I dreamed, love, dreamed, love, of thee,'" began 

Charlie, but Rose cut him short by saying as reproachfully as she 

could, while the culprit stood regarding her with placid 

satisfaction: "You ought to have been up and at work like the rest 

of the boys. I felt like a drone in a hive of very busy bees when I 

saw them all hurrying off to their business." 

 

"But, my dear girl, I've got no business. I'm making up my mind, 

you see, and do the ornamental while I'm deciding. There always 

ought to be one gentleman in a family, and that seems to be rather 

my line," answered Charlie, posing for the character with an 


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