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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 17 AMONG THE HAYCOCKS

 

 

Uncle Alec did not object and, finding that no one had any claim 

upon the child, permitted Rose to keep it for a time at least. So 

little Dulce, newly equipped even to a name, took her place among 

them and slowly began to thrive. But she did not grow pretty and 

never was a gay, attractive child, for she seemed to have been born 

in sorrow and brought up in misery. A pale, pensive little creature, 

always creeping into corners and looking timidly out, as if asking 

leave to live, and, when offered playthings, taking them with a 

meek surprise that was very touching. 

 

Rose soon won her heart, and then almost wished she had not, for 

baby clung to her with inconvenient fondness, changing her former 

wail of "Marmar" into a lament for "Aunty Wose" if separated 

long. Nevertheless, there was great satisfaction in cherishing the 

little waif, for she learned more than she could teach and felt a 

sense of responsibility which was excellent ballast for her 

enthusiastic nature. 

 

Kitty Van, who made Rose her model in all things, was 

immediately inspired to go and do likewise, to the great 

amusement as well as annoyance of her family. Selecting the 

prettiest, liveliest child in the Asylum, she took it home on trial for 

a week. "A perfect cherub" she pronounced it the first day, but an 

"enfant terrible" before the week was over, for the young hero 

rioted by day, howled by night, ravaged the house from top to 

bottom, and kept his guardians in a series of panics by his 

hairbreadth escapes. So early on Saturday, poor exhausted Kitty 

restored the "cherub" with many thanks, and decided to wait until 

her views of education were rather more advanced. 

 

As the warm weather came on, Rose announced that Dulce needed 

mountain air, for she dutifully repeated as many of Dr. Alec's 

prescriptions as possible and, remembering how much good Cozy 

Corner did her long ago, resolved to try it on her baby. Aunt Jessie 

and Jamie went with her, and Mother Atkinson received them as 

cordially as ever. The pretty daughters were all married and gone, 

but a stout damsel took their place, and nothing seemed changed 

except that the old heads were grayer and the young ones a good 


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