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Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 8. Breakers Ahead Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 8. Breakers Ahead

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 8. Breakers Ahead
Anxious to smooth the way for Phebe, Rose was up betimes and slipped into Aunt Plenty's room before the old lady had gotten her cap on."Aunty, I've something pleasant to tell you, and while you listen, I'll brush your hair, as you like to have me," she began, well aware that the proposed process was a very soothing one."Yes, dear only don't be too particular, because I'm late and must hurry down or Jane won't get things straight, and it does fidget me to have the saltcellars uneven, the tea strainer forgotten, and your uncle's paper not aired," returned Miss Plenty,... Long Stories - Post by : 34181 - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3308

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 7. Phebe Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 7. Phebe

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 7. Phebe
While Rose was making discoveries and having experiences, Phebe was doing the same in a quieter way, but though they usually compared notes during the bedtime tête-à-tête which always ended their day, certain topics were never mentioned, so each had a little world of her own into which even the eye of friendship did not peep.Rose's life just now was the gaiest but Phebe's the happiest. Both went out a good deal, for the beautiful voice was welcomed everywhere, and many were ready to patronize the singer who would have been slow to recognize the woman. Phebe knew this and made... Long Stories - Post by : mikegiving - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3112

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 6. Polishing Mac Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 6. Polishing Mac

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 6. Polishing Mac
"Please could I say one word?" was the question three times repeated before a rough head bobbed out from the grotto of books in which Mac usually sat when he studied."Did anyone speak?" he asked, blinking in the flood of sunshine that entered with Rose."Only three times, thank you. Don't disturb yourself, I beg, for I merely want to say a word," answered Rose as she prevented him from offering the easy chair in which he sat."I was rather deep in a compound fracture and didn't hear. What can I do for you, Cousin?" And Mac shoved a stack of pamphlets... Long Stories - Post by : bosstee - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2945

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 5. Prince Charming Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 5. Prince Charming

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 5. Prince Charming
The old glove lay upon the floor forgotten while Rose sat musing, till a quick step sounded in the hall and a voice drew near, tunefully humming."As he was walkin' doun the streetThe city for to view,Oh, there he spied a bonny lass,The window lookin' through.?"Sae licht he jumpèd up the stair,And tirled at the pin;Oh, wha sae ready as hersel'To let the laddie in??sang Rose as the voice paused and a tap came at the door."Good morning, Rosamunda, here are your letters, and your most devoted ready to execute any commissions you may have for him," was Charlie's greeting as... Long Stories - Post by : bsmbahamas - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2547

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 4. Thorns Among the Roses Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 4. Thorns Among the Roses

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 4. Thorns Among the Roses
For a time everything went smoothly, and Rose was a happy girl. The world seemed a beautiful and friendly place, and fulfillment of her brightest dreams appeared to be a possibility. Of course this could not last, and disappointment was inevitable, because young eyes look for a Paradise and weep when they find a workaday world which seems full of care and trouble till one learns to gladden and glorify it with high thoughts and holy living.Those who loved her waited anxiously for the disillusion which must come in spite of all their cherishing, for till now Rose had been so... Long Stories - Post by : brynjar - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 834

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 3. Miss Campbell Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 3. Miss Campbell

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 3. Miss Campbell
While the travelers unpack their trunks, we will pick up, as briefly as possible, the dropped stitches in the little romance we are weaving.Rose's life had been a very busy and quiet one for the four years following the May day when she made her choice. Study, exercise, housework, and many wholesome pleasures kept her a happy, hearty creature, yearly growing in womanly graces, yet always preserving the innocent freshness girls lose so soon when too early set upon the world's stage and given a part to play.Not a remarkably gifted girl in any way, and far from perfect; full of... Long Stories - Post by : 36701 - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3507

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 2. Old Friends with New Faces Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 2. Old Friends with New Faces

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 2. Old Friends with New Faces
"It is so good to be home again! I wonder how we ever made up our minds to go away!" exclaimed Rose as she went roaming about the old house next morning, full of the satisfaction one feels at revisiting familiar nooks and corners and finding them unchanged."That we might have the pleasure of coming back again," answered Phebe, walking down the hall beside her little mistress, as happy as she."Everything seems just as we left it, even to the rose leaves we used to tuck in here," continued the younger girl, peeping into one of the tall India jars that... Long Stories - Post by : JPatrick - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2533

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 1. Coming Home Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 1. Coming Home

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 1. Coming Home
Three young men stood together on a wharf one bright October day awaiting the arrival of an ocean steamer with an impatience which found a vent in lively skirmishes with a small lad, who pervaded the premises like a will-o'-the-wisp and afforded much amusement to the other groups assembled there."They are the Campbells, waiting for their cousin, who has been abroad several years with her uncle, the doctor," whispered one lady to another as the handsomest of the young men touched his hat to her as he passed, lugging the boy, whom he had just rescued from a little expedition down... Long Stories - Post by : frogknight - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1441

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Preface Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Preface

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Preface
As authors may be supposed to know better than anyone else what they intended to do when writing a book, I beg leave to say that there is no moral to this story. Rose is not designed for a model girl, and the Sequel was simply written in fulfillment of a promise, hoping to afford some amusement, and perhaps here and there a helpful hint, to other roses getting ready to bloom.L. M. AlcottSeptember 1876... Long Stories - Post by : flashzoe - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 710

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 19. Tom's Success An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 19. Tom's Success

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 19. Tom's Success
"Come, Philander, let us be a marching, Every one his true love a searching,"WOULD be the most appropriate motto for this chapter, because, intimidated by the threats, denunciations, and complaints showered upon me in consequence of taking the liberty to end a certain story as I liked, I now yield to the amiable desire of giving satisfaction, and, at the risk of outraging all the unities, intend to pair off everybody I can lay my hands on.Occasionally a matrimonial epidemic appears, especially toward spring, devastating society, thinning the ranks of bachelordom, and leaving mothers lamenting for their fairest daughters. That spring... Long Stories - Post by : a1forweb - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2944

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 18. The Woman Who Did Not Dare An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 18. The Woman Who Did Not Dare

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 18. The Woman Who Did Not Dare
POLLY wrote enthusiastically, Ned answered satisfactorily, and after much corresponding, talking, and planning, it was decided that Tom should go West. Never mind what the business was; it suffices to say that it was a good beginning for a young man like Tom, who, having been born and bred in the most conservative class of the most conceited city in New England, needed just the healthy, hearty, social influences of the West to widen his views and make a man of him.Of course there was much lamentation among the women, but every one felt it was the best thing for him;... Long Stories - Post by : msbarbara - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3474

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 17. Playing Grandmother An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 17. Playing Grandmother

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 17. Playing Grandmother
I THINK Tom had the hardest time of all, for besides the family troubles, he had many of his own to perplex and harass him. College scrapes were soon forgotten in greater afflictions; but there were plenty of tongues to blame "that extravagant dog," and plenty of heads to wag ominously over prophecies of the good time Tom Shaw would now make on the road to ruin. As reporters flourish in this country, of course Tom soon heard all the friendly criticisms passed upon him and his career, and he suffered more than anybody guessed; for the truth that was at... Long Stories - Post by : mrushing - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2784

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 16. A Dress Parade An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 16. A Dress Parade

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 16. A Dress Parade
THE weeks that followed taught the Shaws, as many other families have been taught, how rapidly riches take to themselves wings and fly away, when they once begin to go. Mr. Shaw carried out his plans with an energy and patience that worked wonders, and touched the hearts of his hardest creditors. The big house was given up as soon as possible and the little house taken; being made comfortable with the furniture Madam left there when she went to live with her son. The old-fashioned things had been let with the house, and now seemed almost like a gift from... Long Stories - Post by : Jay_Jennings - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2876

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 15. Breakers Ahead An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 15. Breakers Ahead

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 15. Breakers Ahead
GOING into the Shaws' one evening, Polly found Maud sitting on the stairs, with a troubled face."Oh, Polly, I 'm so glad you 've come!" cried the little girl, running to hug her."What's the matter, deary?""I don't know; something dreadful must have happened, for mamma and Fan are crying together upstairs, papa is shut up in the library, and Tom is raging round like a bear, in the dining-room.""I guess it is n't anything very bad. Perhaps mamma is sicker than usual, or papa worried about business, or Tom in some new scrape. Don't look so frightened, Maudie, but come into... Long Stories - Post by : Jaames - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 958

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 14. Nipped in the Bud An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 14. Nipped in the Bud

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 14. Nipped in the Bud
ON the evening of Fan's visit, Polly sat down before her fire with a resolute and thoughtful aspect. She pulled her hair down, turned her skirt back, put her feet on the fender, and took Puttel into her lap, all of which arrangements signified that something very important had got to be thought over and settled. Polly did not soliloquize aloud, as heroines on the stage and in books have a way of doing, but the conversation she held with herself was very much like this: "I 'm afraid there is something in it. I 've tried to think it... Long Stories - Post by : CircleCity - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1423

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 13. The Sunny Side An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 13. The Sunny Side

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 13. The Sunny Side
"I 'VE won the wager, Tom.""Did n't know there was one.""Don't you remember you said Polly would be tired of her teaching and give it up in three months, and I said she would n't?""Well, is n't she?""Not a bit of it. I thought she was at one time, and expected every day to have her come in with a long face, and say she could n't stand it. But somehow, lately, she is always bright and happy, seems to like her work, and don't have the tired, worried look she used to at first. The three months are out, so... Long Stories - Post by : seaside - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2844

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 12. Forbidden Fruit An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 12. Forbidden Fruit

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 12. Forbidden Fruit
"I 'M perfectly aching for some fun," said Polly to herself as she opened her window one morning and the sunshine and frosty air set her blood dancing and her eyes sparkling with youth, health, and overflowing spirits. "I really must break out somewhere and have a good time. It 's quite impossible to keep steady any longer. Now what will I do?" Polly sprinkled crumbs to the doves, who came daily to be fed, and while she watched the gleaming necks and rosy feet, she racked her brain to devise some unusually delightful way of enjoying herself, for she really... Long Stories - Post by : phylaw - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3260

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 11. Needles and Tongues An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 11. Needles and Tongues

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 11. Needles and Tongues
DEAR POLLY, The Sewing Circle meets at our house this P. M. This is in your line, so do come and help me through. I shall depend on you.Yours ever, FAN."Bad news, my dear?" asked Miss Mills, who had just handed the note to Polly as she came in one noon, a few weeks after Jenny's arrival.Polly told her what it was, adding, "I suppose I ought to go and help Fanny, but I can't say I want to. The girls talk about things I have nothing to do with, and I don't find their gossip very amusing. I 'm an... Long Stories - Post by : Eddie_Scotten - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3427

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 10. Brothers and Sisters An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 10. Brothers and Sisters

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 10. Brothers and Sisters
POLLY'S happiest day was Sunday, for Will never failed to spend it with her. Instead of sleeping later than usual that morning, she was always up bright and early, flying round to get ready for her guest, for Will came to breakfast, and they made a long day of it. Will considered his sister the best and prettiest girl going, and Polly, knowing well that a time would come when he would find a better and a prettier, was grateful for his good opinion, and tried to deserve it. So she made her room and herself as neat and inviting as... Long Stories - Post by : e-spired - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1196

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 9. Lessons An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 9. Lessons

An Old-fashioned Girl - Chapter 9. Lessons
THE first few weeks were hard ones, for Polly had not yet outgrown her natural shyness and going among so many strangers caused her frequent panics. But her purpose gave her courage, and when the ice was once broken, her little pupils quickly learned to love her. The novelty soon wore off, and though she thought she was prepared for drudgery, she found it very tedious to go on doing the same thing day after day. Then she was lonely, for Will could only come once a week, her leisure hours were Fanny's busiest, and the "bits of pleasure" were so... Long Stories - Post by : mattyk23 - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2487