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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

and Aunt Plenty still actively superintended her housekeeping. 

Thus it fell out, quite naturally, that Charlie should form the habit 

of lounging in at all hours with letters, messages, bits of news, and 

agreeable plans for Rose. He helped her with her sketching, rode 

with her, sang with her, and took her to parties as a matter of 

course, for Aunt Clara, being the gaiest of the sisters, played 

chaperon on all occasions. 


For a time it was very pleasant, but, by and by, Rose began to wish 

Charlie would find something to do like the rest and not make 

dawdling after her the business of his life. The family was used to 

his self-indulgent ways, and there was an amiable delusion in the 

minds of the boys that he had a right to the best of everything, for 

to them he was still the Prince, the flower of the flock, and in time 

to be an honor to the name. No one exactly knew how, for, though 

full of talent, he seemed to have no especial gift or bias, and the 

elders began to shake their heads because, in spite of many grand 

promises and projects, the moment for decisive action never came. 


Rose saw all this and longed to inspire her brilliant cousin with 

some manful purpose which should win for him respect as well as 

admiration. But she found it very hard, for though he listened with 

imperturbable good humor, and owned his shortcomings with 

delightful frankness, he always had some argument, reason, or 

excuse to offer and out-talked her in five minutes, leaving her 

silenced but unconvinced. 


Of late she had observed that he seemed to feel as if her time and 

thoughts belonged exclusively to him and rather resented the 

approach of any other claimant. This annoyed her and suggested 

the idea that her affectionate interest and efforts were 

misunderstood by him, misrepresented and taken advantage of by 

Aunt Clara, who had been most urgent that she should "use her 

influence with the dear boy," though the fond mother resented all 

other interference. This troubled Rose and made her feel as if 

caught in a snare, for, while she owned to herself that Charlie was 

the most attractive of her cousins, she was not ready to be taken 

possession of in this masterful way, especially since other and 

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