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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

coming last to the person of whom he thought first but did not 

mention, feeling shy about alluding to a subject often discussed 

behind her back. 


"Yes, I have, and I don't intend to go with him any more for some 

time. His ways do not suit me, and mine do not suit him, so I want 

to be quite independent, and you can help me if you will," said 

Rose, rather nervously spinning the big globe close by. 


Mac gave a low whistle, looking wide awake all in a minute as he 

said with a gesture, as if he brushed a cobweb off his face: "Now, 

see here, Cousin, I'm not good at mysteries and shall only blunder 

if you put me blindfold into any nice maneuver. Just tell me 

straight out what you want and I'll do it if I can. Play I'm Uncle and 

free your mind come now." 


He spoke so kindly, and the honest eyes were so full of merry 

goodwill, that Rose thought she might confide in him and 

answered as frankly as he could desire: "You are right, Mac, and I 

don't mind talking to you almost as freely as to Uncle, because you 

are such a reliable fellow and won't think me silly for trying to do 

what I believe to be right. Charlie does, and so makes it hard for 

me to hold to my resolutions. I want to keep early hours, dress 

simply, and behave properly no matter what fashionable people do. 

You will agree to that, I'm sure, and stand by me through thick and 

thin for principle's sake." 


"I will, and begin by showing you that I understand the case. I don't 

wonder you are not pleased, for Charlie is too presuming, and you 

do need someone to help you head him off a bit. Hey, Cousin?" 


"What a way to put it!" And Rose laughed in spite of herself, 

adding with an air of relief, "That is it, and I do want someone to 

help me make him understand that I don't choose to be taken 

possession of in that lordly way, as if I belonged to him more than 

to the rest of the family. I don't like it, for people begin to talk, and 

Charlie won't see how disagreeable it is to me." 


"Tell him so," was Mac's blunt advice. 


"I have, but he only laughs and promises to behave, and then he 

does it again when I am so placed that I can't say anything. You 

will never understand, and I cannot explain, for it is only a look, or 

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