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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

best. I should like to do that, and can I in a better way than leading 

the life other girls lead? Just for a little while," she added, as her 

uncle's face grew grave. 


He was disappointed, yet acknowledged that the desire was natural 

and in a moment saw that a trial of this sort might have its 

advantages. Nevertheless, he dreaded it, for he had intended to 

choose her society carefully and try to keep her unspoiled by the 

world as long as possible, like many another fond parent and 

guardian. But the spirit of Eve is strong in all her daughters 

forbidden fruit will look rosier to them than any in their own 

orchards, and the temptation to take just one little bite proves 

irresistible to the wisest. So Rose, looking out from the safe 

seclusion of her girlhood into the woman's kingdom which she was 

about to take possession of, felt a sudden wish to try its pleasures 

before assuming its responsibilities, and was too sincere to hide 

the longing. 


"Very well, my dear, try it if you like, only take care of your health 

be temperate in your gaiety and don't lose more than you gain, if 

that is possible," he added under his breath, endeavoring to speak 

cheerfully and not look anxious. 


"I know it is foolish, but I do want to be a regular butterfly for a 

little while and see what it is like. You know I couldn't help seeing 

a good deal of fashionable life abroad, though we were not in it, 

and here at home the girls tell me about all sorts of pleasant things 

that are to happen this winter, so if you won't despise me very 

much, I should like to try it." 


"For how long?" 


"Would three months be too long? New Year is a good time to take 

a fresh start. Everyone is going to welcome me, so I must be gay in 

spite of myself, unless I'm willing to seem very ungrateful and 

morose," said Rose, glad to have so good a reason to offer for her 

new experiment. 


"You may like it so well that the three months may become years. 

Pleasure is very sweet when we are young." 


"Do you think it will intoxicate me?" 


"We shall see, my dear." 


"We shall!" And Rose marched away, looking as if she had taken a 

pledge of some sort, and meant to keep it. 

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