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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

escape was impossible. 


"What put such a perfectly wild idea into your head?" he 

demanded, rather roughly, for hitherto he had been left in peace 

and this sudden attack decidedly amazed him. 


"Sheer necessity, but don't do it if it is so very dreadful to you. I 

must go to several more parties, because they are made for me, but 

after that I'll refuse, and then no one need be troubled with me." 


Something in Rose's voice made Mac answer penitently, even 

while he knit his brows in perplexity. "I don't mean to be rude, and 

of course I'll go anywhere if I'm really needed. But I don't 

understand where the sudden necessity is, with three other fellows 

at command, all better dancers and beaus than I am." 


"I don't want them, and I do want you, for I haven't the heart to 

drag Uncle out anymore, and you know I never go with any 

gentleman but those of my own family." 


"Now look here, Rose if Steve has been doing anything to tease 

you, just mention it and I'll attend to him," cried Mac, plainly 

seeing that something was amiss and fancying that Dandy was at 

the bottom of it, as he had done escort duty several times lately. 


"No, Steve has been very good, but I know he had rather be with 

Kitty Van, so of course I feel like a marplot, though he is too polite 

to hint it." 


"What a noodle that boy is! But there's Archie he's steady as a 

church and has no sweetheart to interfere," continued Mac, bound 

to get at the truth and half suspecting what it was. 


"He is on his feet all day, and Aunt Jessie wants him in the 

evening. He does not care for dancing as he used, and I suppose he 

really does prefer to rest and read." Rose might have added, "And 

hear Phebe sing," for Phebe did not go out as much as Rose did, 

and Aunt Jessie often came to sit with the old lady when the young 

folks were away and, of course, dutiful Archie came with her, so 

willingly of late! 


"What's amiss with Charlie? I thought he was the prince of 

cavaliers. Annabel says he dances 'like an angel,' and I know a 

dozen mothers couldn't keep him at home of an evening. Have you 

had a tiff with Adonis and so fall back on poor me?" asked Mac, 

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