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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

 

"No thank you very much." And a sudden dew came to Rose's 

eyes, for, though often blunt in speech, when Mac did do a tender 

thing, it always touched her because he seemed to understand her 

moods so well. 

 

"Has Archie been here? He said he shouldn't go anywhere else, but 

I hope you talked that nonsense out of his head," said Steve, 

settling his tie before the mirror. 

 

"Yes, dear, he came but looked so out of spirits I really felt 

reproached. Rose cheered him up a little, but I don't believe he will 

feel equal to making calls and I hope he won't, for his face tells the 

whole story much too plainly," answered Aunty Plenty, rustling 

about her bountiful table in her richest black silk with all her old 

lace on. 

 

"Oh, he'll get over it in a month or two, and Phebe will soon find 

another lover, so don't be worried about him, Aunty," said Steve, 

with the air of a man who knew all about that sort of thing. 

 

"If Archie does forget, I shall despise him, and I know Phebe won't 

try to find another lover, though she'll probably have them she is so 

sweet and good!" cried Rose indignantly, for, having taken the pair 

under her protection, she defended them valiantly. 

 

"Then you'd have Arch hope against hope and never give up, 

would you?" asked Mac, putting on his glasses to survey the thin 

boots which were his especial abomination. 

 

"Yes, I would, for a lover is not worth having if he's not in 

earnest!" 

 

"Exactly. So you'd like them to wait and work and keep on loving 

till they made you relent or plainly proved that it was no use." 

 

"If they were good as well as constant, I think I should relent in 

time." 

 

"I'll mention that to Pemberton, for he seemed to be hit the hardest, 

and a ray of hope will do him good, whether he is equal to the ten 

years' wait or not," put in Steve, who liked to rally Rose about her 

lovers. 

 

"I'll never forgive you if you say a word to anyone. It is only Mac's 

odd way of asking questions, and I ought not to answer them. You 

will talk about such things and I can't stop you, but I don't like it," 

said Rose, much annoyed. 

 

"Poor little Penelope! She shall not be teased about her suitors but 


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