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us," he answered, with his nose in the air. Then, taking a sudden
plunge into business, he added, "How about that bit of money you
were going to lend me? I've told, now you pay up."
"Of course I will! How much do you want?" and Rose pulled out
"Could you spare five dollars? I want to pay a little debt of honour
that is rather pressing," and Steve put on a mannish air that was
comical to see.
"Aren't all debts honourable?" asked innocent Rose.
"Yes, of course; but this is a bet I made, and it ought to be settled
up at once," began Steve, finding it awkward to explain.
"Oh, don't bet, it's not right, and I know your father wouldn't like it.
Promise you won't do so again; please promise!" and Rose held
fast the hand into which she had just put the money.
"Well, I won't. It's worried me a good deal, but I was joked into it.
Much obliged, cousin, I'm all right now," and Steve departed
Having decided to be a peace-maker, Rose waited for an
opportunity, and very soon it came.
She was spending the day with Aunt Clara, who had been
entertaining some young guests, and invited Rose to meet them,
for she thought it high time her niece conquered her bashfulness
and saw a little of society. Dinner was over, and everyone had
gone. Aunt Clara was resting before going out to an evening party,
and Rose was waiting for Charlie to come and take her home.
She sat alone in the elegant drawing-room, feeling particularly
nice and pretty, for she had her best frock on, a pair of gold bands
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