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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

meekly, "Could I respectfully inquire what great reform is to be 

carried on in the old houses which their amiable owner is 

repairing?" 

 

"I am merely going to make them comfortable homes for poor but 

respectable women to live in. There is a class who cannot afford to 

pay much, yet suffer a great deal from being obliged to stay in 

noisy, dirty, crowded places like tenement houses and cheap 

lodgings. I can help a few of them and I'm going to try." 

 

"May I humbly ask if these decayed gentlewomen are to inhabit 

their palatial retreat rent-free?" 

 

"That was my first plan, but Uncle showed me that it was wiser not 

make genteel paupers of them, but let them pay a small rent and 

feel independent. I don't want the money, of course, and shall use 

it in keeping the houses tidy or helping other women in like case," 

said Rose, entirely ignoring her cousin's covert ridicule. 

 

"Don't expect any gratitude, for you won't get it; nor much comfort 

with a lot of forlornities on your hands, and be sure that when it is 

too late you will tire of it all and wish you had done as other 

people do." 

 

"Thanks for your cheerful prophecies, but I think I'll venture." 

 

She looked so undaunted that Charlie was a little nettled and fired 

his last shot rather recklessly: "Well, one thing I do know you'll 

never get a husband if you go on in this absurd way, and by Jove! 

you need one to take care of you and keep the property together!" 

 

Rose had a temper, but seldom let it get the better of her; now, 

however, it flashed up for a moment. Those last words were 

peculiarly unfortunate, because Aunt Clara had used them more 

than once when warning her against impecunious suitors and 

generous projects. She was disappointed in her cousin, annoyed at 

having her little plans laughed at, and indignant with him for his 

final suggestion. 

 

"I'll never have one, if I must give up the liberty of doing what I 

know is right, and I'd rather go into the poorhouse tomorrow than 

'keep the property together' in the selfish way you mean!" 

 

That was all but Charlie saw that he had gone too far and hastened 

to make his peace with the skill of a lover, for, turning to the little 


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