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the brighter for the shower. A hasty good-night to Aunt Clara now
under the hands of the hairdresser and then she crept down to find
Mary the maid. But Mary was out, so was the man, and Rose
slipped away by the back-door, flattering herself that she had
escaped the awkwardness of having Charlie for escort.
There she was mistaken, however, for the gate had hardly closed
behind her when a well-known tramp was heard, and the Prince
was beside her, saying in a tone of penitent politeness that
banished Rose's wrath like magic
"You needn't speak to me if you don't choose, but I must see you
safely home, cousin."
She turned at once, put out her hand, and answered heartily
"I was the cross one. Please forgive me, and let's be friends again."
Now that was better than a dozen sermons on the beauty of
forgiveness, and did Charlie more good, for it showed him how
sweet humility was, and proved that Rose practised as she
He shook the hand warmly, then drew it through his arm and said,
as if anxious to recover the good opinion with the loss of which he
had been threatened
"Look here, Rosy, I've put the ring back, and I'm going to try again.
But you don't know how hard it is to stand being laughed at."
"Yes, I do! Ariadne plagues me every time I see her, because I
don't wear ear-rings after all the trouble I had getting ready for
"Ah, but her twaddle isn't half as bad as the chaffing I get. It takes
a deal of pluck to hold out when you are told you are tied to an
apron string, and all that sort of thing," sighed Charlie.
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