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Brenda's Bargain A Story for Girls   By: (1860-1926)

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Brenda's Bargain

A Story for Girls

BY HELEN LEAH REED

AUTHOR OF "BRENDA, HER SCHOOL AND HER CLUB" "BRENDA'S SUMMER AT ROCKLEY," "BRENDA'S COUSIN AT RADCLIFFE"

ILLUSTRATED BY ELLEN BERNARD THOMPSON

BOSTON LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY 1903

Copyright, 1903, BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved

Published October, 1903

UNIVERSITY PRESS JOHN WILSON AND SON CAMBRIDGE, U. S. A.

[Illustration: But what startled Brenda was the sight of a girl sunk in a heap beside the broken glass]

CONTENTS

I. THE BROKEN VASE 1

II. A FAMILY COUNCIL 14

III. BRENDA AT THE MANSION 26

IV. AN EXPLORING TOUR 40

V. PHILIP'S LECTURE 51

VI. IN THE STUDIO 62

VII. IN DIFFICULTIES 73

VIII. THE FRINGED GENTIAN LEAGUE 86

IX. NORA'S WORK AND POLLY 97

X. ARTHUR'S ABSENCE 107

XI. SEEDS OF JEALOUSY 120

XII. DOUBTS AND DUTIES 126

XIII. THE VALENTINE PARTY 139

XIV. CONCILIATION 147

XV. WAR AT HAND 158

XVI. THE ARTISTS' FESTIVAL 168

XVII. IDEAL HOMES 180

XVIII. WHERE HONOR CALLS 193

XIX. THEY STAND AND WAIT 204

XX. WEARY WAITING 215

XXI. AN OCTOBER WEDDING 227

XXII. THE WINNER 239

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"But what startled Brenda was the sight of a girl sunk in a heap beside the broken glass" Frontispiece

"Waiting for a car they had sat down on a wayside seat" 62

"'I think I hear some one coming upstairs'" 77

"They walked through the long galleries" 136

"She seemed to take but a languid interest in the world around her" 224

"Brenda had never looked so well" 235

BRENDA'S BARGAIN

I

THE BROKEN VASE

One fine October afternoon Brenda Barlow walked leisurely across the Common by one of the diagonal paths from Beacon Street to the shopping district. It was an ideal day, and as she neared the shops she half begrudged the time that she must spend indoors. "Now or never," she thought philosophically; "I can't send a present that I haven't picked out myself, and I cannot very well order it by mail. But it needn't take me very long, especially as I know just what I want."

Usually Brenda was fond of buying, and it merely was an evidence of the charm of the day that she now felt more inclined toward a country walk than a tour of the shops.

Once inside the large building crowded with shoppers, she found a certain pleasure in looking at the new goods displayed on the counters. It was only a passing glance, however, that she gave them, and she hastened to get the special thing that she had in mind that she might be at home in season to keep an appointment. Her errand was to choose a wedding present for a former schoolmate, and she had set her heart on a cut glass rose bowl. Yet as she wandered past counters laden with pretty, fragile things she began to waver in her choice.

"Rose bowls!" the salesman shrugged his shoulders expressively; "they are going out of fashion." And Brenda wondered that she had thought of a thing that was not really up to date; for, recalling Ruth's wedding presents, she remembered that among them there were not many pieces of cut glass, and not a single rose bowl... Continue reading book >>




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