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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

Chapter 9 NEW YEAR'S CALLS

 

 

"Now I'm going to turn over a new leaf, as I promised. I wonder 

what I shall find on the next page?" said Rose, coming down on 

New Year's morning with a serious face and a thick letter in her 

hand. 

 

"Tired of frivolity, my dear?" asked her uncle, pausing in his walk 

up and down the hall to glance at her with a quick, bright look she 

liked to bring into his eyes. 

 

"No, sir, and that's the sad part of it, but I've made up my mind to 

stop while I can because I'm sure it is not good for me. I've had 

some very sober thoughts lately, for since my Phebe went away 

I've had no heart for gaiety, so it is a good place to stop and make a 

fresh start," answered Rose, taking his arm and walking on with 

him. 

 

"An excellent time! Now, how are you going to fill the aching 

void?" he asked, well pleased. 

 

"By trying to be as unselfish, brave, and good as she is." And Rose 

held the letter against her bosom with a tender touch, for Phebe's 

strength had inspired her with a desire to be as self-reliant. "I'm 

going to set about living in earnest, as she has; though I think it 

will be harder for me than for her, because she stands alone and 

has a career marked out for her. I'm nothing but a commonplace 

sort of girl, with no end of relations to be consulted every time I 

wink and a dreadful fortune hanging like a millstone round my 

neck to weigh me down if I try to fly. It is a hard case, Uncle, and I 

get low in my mind when I think about it," sighed Rose, oppressed 

with her blessings. 

 

"Afflicted child! How can I relieve you?" And there was 

amusement as well as sympathy in Dr. Alec's face as he patted the 

hand upon his arm. 

 

"Please don't laugh, for I really am trying to be good. In the first 

place, help me to wean myself from foolish pleasures and show me 

how to occupy my thoughts and time so that I may not idle about 

and dream instead of doing great things." 

 

"Good! We'll begin at once. Come to town with me this morning 

and see your houses. They are all ready, and Mrs. Gardner has half 

a dozen poor souls waiting to go in as soon as you give the word," 

answered the doctor promptly, glad to get his girl back again, 


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