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New Year's Calls
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Small Temptations
At Kitty's Ball
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Which Was It?
Behind the Fountain
What Mac Did
How Phebe Earned Her Welcome
Short and Sweet

Chapter 7 PHEBE



While Rose was making discoveries and having experiences, 

Phebe was doing the same in a quieter way, but though they 

usually compared notes during the bedtime tete-a-tete which 

always ended their day, certain topics were never mentioned, so 

each had a little world of her own into which even the eye of 

friendship did not peep. 


Rose's life just now was the gaiest but Phebe's the happiest. Both 

went out a good deal, for the beautiful voice was welcomed 

everywhere, and many were ready to patronize the singer who 

would have been slow to recognize the woman. Phebe knew this 

and made no attempt to assert herself, content to know that those 

whose regard she valued felt her worth and hopeful of a time when 

she could gracefully take the place she was meant to fill. 


Proud as a princess was Phebe about some things, though in most 

as humble as a child; therefore, when each year lessened the 

service she loved to give and increased the obligations she would 

have refused from any other source, dependence became a burden 

which even the most fervent gratitude could not lighten. Hitherto 

the children had gone on together, finding no obstacles to their 

companionship in the secluded world in which they lived. Now 

that they were women their paths inevitably diverged, and both 

reluctantly felt that they must part before long. 


It had been settled, when they were abroad, that on their return 

Phebe should take her one gift in her hand and try her fortunes. On 

no other terms would she accept the teaching which was to fit her 

for the independence she desired. Faithfully had she used the 

facilities so generously afforded both at home and abroad and now 

was ready to prove that they had not been in vain. Much 

encouraged by the small successes she won in drawing rooms, and 

the praise bestowed by interested friends, she began to feel that she 

might venture on a larger field and begin her career as a concert 

singer, for she aimed no higher. 


Just at this time much interest was felt in a new asylum for orphan 

girls, which could not be completed for want of funds. The 

Campbells well had borne their part and still labored to 

accomplish the much-needed charity. Several fairs had been given 

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