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Eve to the Rescue   By: (1887-)

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EVE TO THE RESCUE

by

ETHEL HUESTON

Author of Prudence of the Parsonage, Prudence Says So, Leave It to Doris, Etc.

Illustrated by Dudley Gloyme Summers

[Illustration: "You get nicer every day of your life."]

Grosset & Dunlap Publishers New York

Made in the United States of America

Copyright 1920 The Bobbs Merrill Company

Printed in the United States of America

To Carol

Who came to us in the form of Duty, but who has brought us only Pleasure

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I In Defiance of Duty 11 II The Cote in the Clouds 21 III Everybody's Duty 30 IV The Irish American League 40 V Her Inheritance 59 VI A Wrong Adjustment 84 VII Painful Duty 98 VIII She Meets a Demonstrator 112 IX Admitting Defeat 124 X The Original Fixer 137 XI The Germ Of Duty 156 XII The Revolt Of The Seventh Step 175 XIII She Finds A Foreigner 195 XIV New Light On Loyalty 214 XV Service Of Joy 226 XVI Marie Encounters The Secret Service 248 XVII Spontaneous Combustion 266 XVIII Converts Of Love 282 XIX She Doubts Her Theory 301 XX She Proves Her Principle 312 XXI Her One Exception 332

EVE TO THE RESCUE

EVE TO THE RESCUE

CHAPTER I

IN DEFIANCE OF DUTY

"To morrow being Saturday afternoon," began Eveley, deftly slipping a dish of sweet pickles beyond the reach of the covetous fat fingers of little niece Nathalie, "to morrow being Saturday afternoon "

"Doesn't to morrow start at sunrise as usual?" queried her brother in law curiously.

"As every laborer knows," said Eveley firmly, "Saturday begins with the afternoon off. And I am a laborer. Therefore, to morrow being Saturday afternoon off, and since I have trespassed on your hospitality for a period of two months, it behooves me to find me a home and settle down."

"Oh, Eveley," protested her sister in a soft troubled voice, "don't be disagreeable. You talk as if we were strangers. Aren't we the only folks you have? And aren't you my own and only baby sister? If you can't live with us, where can you live?"

"As it says in the Bible," explained Eveley, truthfully if unscripturally, "no two families are small enough for one house."

"But who calls you a family?" interrupted the brother in law.

"I do. And nice and sweet as you all are, and adorable as I am well aware am I, all of you and all of me can not be confined to one house."

"But we have counted on it," persisted Winifred earnestly. "We have looked forward to it. We have always said that you would come to us when Aunt Eloise died, and she did and you must. We we expect it."

"'England expects every man to do his duty,'" quoted Burton in a sepulchral voice.

Then Eveley rose in her place, tall and formidable. "That is it, duty. Then let me announce right now, once and for all, Burton Raines and Winifred, eternally and everlastingly, I do not believe in duty. No one shall do his duty by me. I publicly protest against it. I won't have it. I have had my sneaking suspicions of duty for a long time, and lately I have been utterly convinced of the folly and the sin of it. Whenever any one has anything hateful or disagreeable to do, he draws a long voice and says it is his duty. It seems that every mean thing in the world is somebody's duty. Duty has been the curse of civilization for lo, these many years!" Then she sat down. "Please pass the jam."

"Oh, all right, all right," said Burton amiably, "have it your own way, by all means. Henceforth and forever after, we positively decline to do our duty by you... Continue reading book >>




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