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Breakers Ahead
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The Sad and Sober Part
Small Temptations
At Kitty's Ball
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Aunt Clara's Plan
Alas for Charlie!
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Among the Haycocks
Which Was It?
Behind the Fountain
What Mac Did
How Phebe Earned Her Welcome
Short and Sweet

Chapter 11 SMALL TEMPTATIONS

 

 

"Oh, Rose, I've got something so exciting to tell you!" cried Kitty 

Van Tassel, skipping into the carriage next morning when her 

friend called for her to go shopping. 

 

Kitty always did have some "perfectly thrilling" communication to 

make and Rose had learned to take them quietly, but the next 

demonstration was a new one, for, regardless alike of curious 

observers outside and disordered hats within, Kitty caught Rose 

around the neck, exclaiming in a rapturous whisper: "My dearest 

creature, I'm engaged!" 

 

"I'm so glad! Of course it is Steve?" 

 

"Dear fellow, he did it last night in the nicest way, and Mama is so 

delighted. Now what shall I be married in?" And Kitty composed 

herself with a face full of the deepest anxiety. 

 

"How can you talk of that so soon? Why, Kit, you unromantic girl, 

you ought to be thinking of your lover and not your clothes," said 

Rose, amused yet rather scandalized at such want of sentiment. 

 

"I am thinking of my lover, for he says he will not have a long 

engagement, so I must begin to think about the most important 

things at once, mustn't I?" 

 

"Ah, he wants to be sure of you, for you are such a slippery 

creature he is afraid you'll treat him as you did poor Jackson and 

the rest," interrupted Rose, shaking her finger at her prospective 

cousin, who had tried this pastime twice before and was rather 

proud than otherwise of her brief engagements. 

 

"You needn't scold, for I know I'm right, and when you've been in 

society as long as I have you'll find that the only way to really 

know a man is to be engaged to him. While they want you they are 

all devotion, but when they think they've got you, then you find out 

what wretches they are," answered Kitty with an air of worldly 

wisdom which contrasted oddly with her youthful face and giddy 

manners. 

 

"A sad prospect for poor Steve, unless I give him a hint to look 

well to his ways." 

 

"Oh, my dear child, I'm sure of him, for my experience has made 

me very sharp and I'm convinced I can manage him without a bit 

of trouble. We've known each other for ages" Steve was twenty 

and Kitty eighteen "and always been the best of friends. Besides, 


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