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Table of contents
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

tenderness trembling in her voice: "I'm proud to do it for her own 

sake. I ask pardon for my silly prejudices, and I'll prove that I'm 

sincere by where's that boy?" 

 

There were six boys present, but the right one was in exactly the 

right place at the right moment, and, seizing Archie's hand, Aunt 

Plenty put Phebe's into it, trying to say something appropriately 

solemn, but could not, so hugged them both and sobbed out: "If I 

had a dozen nephews, I'd give them all to you, my dear, and dance 

at the wedding, though I had rheumatism in every limb." 

 

That was better than any oration, for it set them all to laughing, 

and Dr. Alec was floated to the sofa on a gentle wave of 

merriment. Once there, everyone but Rose and Aunt Plenty was 

ordered off by Mac, who was in command now and seemed to 

have sunk the poet in the physician. 

 

"The house must be perfectly quiet, and he must go to sleep as 

soon as possible after the journey, so all say 'good-bye' now and 

call again tomorrow," he said, watching his uncle anxiously as he 

leaned in the sofa corner, with four women taking off his wraps, 

three boys contending for his overshoes, two brothers shaking 

hands at short intervals, and Aunt Myra holding a bottle of strong 

salts under his devoted nose every time there was an opening 

anywhere. 

 

With difficulty the house was partially cleared, and then, while 

Aunt Plenty mounted guard over her boy, Rose stole away to see if 

Mac had gone with the rest, for as yet they had hardly spoken in 

the joyful flurry, though eyes and hands had met. 

 

 

 


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