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"Oh, dear, no! Far superior to Mr. Pemberton and many years
older," said Rose, with so much respect that Charlie looked
perplexed as well as anxious.
"Some apostolic minister, I fancy. You pious creatures always like
to adore a parson. But all we know are married."
"Give a name, for pity's sake I'm suffering tortures of suspense,"
"Uncle? Well, upon my word, that's a relief, but mighty absurd all
the same. So, when you find a young saint of that sort, you intend
to marry him, do you?" demanded Charlie much amused and rather
"When I find any man half as honest, good, and noble as Uncle, I
shall be proud to marry him if he asks me," answered Rose
"What odd tastes women have!" And Charlie leaned his chin on his
hand to muse pensively for a moment over the blindness of one
woman who could admire an excellent old uncle more than a
dashing young cousin.
Rose, meanwhile, tied up her parcels industriously, hoping she had
not been too severe, for it was very hard to lecture Charlie, though
he seemed to like it sometimes and came to confession voluntarily,
knowing that women love to forgive when the sinners are of his
"It will be mail time before you are done," she said presently, for
silence was less pleasant than his rattle.
Charlie took the hint and dashed off several notes in his best
manner. Coming to the business letter, he glanced at it and asked,
with a puzzled expression: "What is all this? Cost of repairs, etc.,
from a man named Buffum?"
"Never mind that I'll see to it by and by."
"But I do mind, for I'm interested in all your affairs, and though
you think I've no head for business, you'll find I have if you'll try
"This is only about my two old houses in the city, which are being
repaired and altered so that the rooms can be let singly."
"Going to make tenement houses of them? Well, that's not a bad
idea such places pay well, I've heard."
"That is just what I'm not going to do. I wouldn't have a tenement
house on my conscience for a million dollars not as they are now,"
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