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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

charmed to show them when her box comes." 

 

"Such a chance! Right there and plenty of money! How could you 

love your uncle after such cruelty?" sighed Annabel, with a face 

full of sympathy. 

 

Rose looked puzzled for a minute, then seemed to understand, and 

assumed a superior air which became her very well as she said, 

good-naturedly opening a box of laces, "Uncle did not forbid my 

doing it, and I had money enough, but I chose not to spend it on 

things of that sort." 

 

"Could and didn't! I can't believe it!" And Annabel sank into a 

chair, as if the thought was too much for her. 

 

"I did rather want to at first, just for the fun of the thing. In fact, I 

went and looked at some amazing gowns. But they were very 

expensive, very much trimmed, and not my style at all, so I gave 

them up and kept what I valued more than all the gowns Worth 

every made." 

 

"What in the world was it?" cried Annabel, hoping she would say 

diamonds. 

 

"Uncle's good opinion," answered Rose, looking thoughtfully into 

the depths of a packing case, where lay the lovely picture that 

would always remind her of the little triumph over girlish vanity, 

which not only kept but increased "Uncle's good opinion." 

 

"Oh, indeed!" said Annabel blankly, and fell to examining Aunt 

Plenty's lace while Rose went on with a happy smile in her eyes as 

she dived into another trunk. 

 

"Uncle thinks one has no right to waste money on such things, but 

he is very generous and loves to give useful, beautiful, or curious 

gifts. See, all these pretty ornaments are for presents, and you shall 

choose first whatever you like." 

 

"He's a perfect dear!" cried Annabel, reveling in the crystal, 

filigree, coral, and mosaic trinkets spread before her while Rose 

completed her rapture by adding sundry tasteful trifles fresh from 

Paris. 

 

"Now tell me, when do you mean to have your coming-out party? I 

ask because I've nothing ready and want plenty of time, for I 

suppose it will be the event of the season," asked Annabel a few 

minutes later as she wavered between a pink coral and a blue lava 

set. 

 

"I came out when I went to Europe, but I suppose Aunty Plen will 

want to have some sort of merry-making to celebrate our return. I 


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