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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

Chapter 14 AUNT CLARA'S PLAN

 

 

Being seriously alarmed by the fear of losing the desire of his 

heart, Charlie had gone resolutely to work and, like many another 

young reformer, he rather overdid the matter, for in trying to keep 

out of the way of temptation, he denied himself much innocent 

enjoyment. The "artistic fit" was a good excuse for the seclusion 

which he fancied would be a proper penance, and he sat listlessly 

plying crayon or paintbrush, with daily wild rides on black Brutus, 

which seemed to do him good, for danger of that sort was his 

delight. 

 

People were used to his whims and made light of what they 

considered a new one, but when it lasted week after week and all 

attempts to draw him out were vain, his jolly comrades gave him 

up and the family began to say approvingly, "Now he really is 

going to settle down and do something." Fortunately, his mother 

let him alone, for though Dr. Alec had not "thundered in her ear" 

as he threatened, he had talked with her in a way which first made 

her very angry, then anxious, and, lastly, quite submissive, for her 

heart was set on the boy's winning Rose and she would have had 

him put on sackcloth and ashes if that would have secured the 

prize. She made light of the cause of Rose's displeasure, 

considering her extremely foolish and straitlaced, "for all young 

men of any spirit had their little vices, and came out well enough 

when the wild oats were sowed." So she indulged Charlie in his 

new vagary, as she had in all his others, and treated him like an 

ill-used being, which was neither an inspiring nor helpful course 

on her part. Poor soul! She saw her mistake by and by, and when 

too late repented of it bitterly. 

 

Rose wanted to be kind, and tried in various ways to help her 

cousin, feeling very sure she should succeed as many another 

hopeful woman has done, quite unconscious how much stronger an 

undisciplined will is than the truest love, and what a difficult task 

the wisest find it to undo the mistakes of a bad education. But it 

was a hard thing to do, for at the least hint of commendation or 

encouragement, he looked so hopeful that she was afraid of 

seeming to promise too much, and, of all things, she desired to 


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