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Molly Brown's Sophomore Days   By: (1878-1913)

Molly Brown's Sophomore Days by Nell Speed

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MOLLY BROWN'S SOPHOMORE DAYS

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MOLLY BROWN'S SOPHOMORE DAYS

BY NELL SPEED

AUTHOR OF

"The Tucker Twins Series," "The Carter Girls Series," etc.

[Illustration]

A. L. BURT COMPANY Publishers New York Printed in U. S. A.

Copyright, 1912, BY HURST & COMPANY

Printed in the U. S. A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE RETURN OF THE WANDERERS 5

II. OTOYO 17

III. A CLASHING OF WITS 33

IV. A TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT 47

V. AN UNWILLING EAVESDROPPER 62

VI. TWO LONG DISTANCE CALLS 76

VII. THE GLEE CLUB CONCERT 94

VIII. A JAPANESE SPREAD 111

IX. VESPERS 126

X. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL 140

XI. THE GREAT SLEET OF 19 158

XII. THE SKATING CARNIVAL 169

XIII. THE THAW 182

XIV. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 196

XV. A RECOVERY AND A VISIT 212

XVI. CHRISTMAS EVE PLOTS 230

XVII. A CHRISTMAS SURPRISE 245

XVIII. BREAKING THE NEWS 258

XIX. HOW O'REILLY'S BECAME QUEEN'S 269

XX. THE TURN OF THE WHEEL 283

XXI. IN THE GARDEN 295

Molly Brown's Sophomore Days

CHAPTER I.

THE RETURN OF THE WANDERERS.

"I never thought I could be so glad to be anywhere except home," thought Molly Brown as she swung off the 'bus, and, seizing her suit case, ran into Queen's Cottage without so much as ringing the bell.

Two juniors whom Molly had known only by sight the year before and several freshmen had been in the Wellington omnibus; no one in whom she could confide her enthusiasm as the 'bus turned a bend in the road and Wellington's towers came into view.

"Molly! Molly!" cried a voice from somewhere in the upper regions of Queen's, and down three flights of stairs rushed a wild figure, her fluffy light brown hair standing out all over her head and her voluminous kimono sailing behind her like the tail of a kite.

"Oh, Judy, it's good to see you again," cried Molly, and the two girls were instantly folded in each other's arms in a long, loving embrace.

"You remind me strongly of Meg Merriles," continued Molly, holding her friend off at arms' length and giving her a joyful little shake. "You look as if you had been running over the moors in the wind."

"You'd think I was a bit daffy if you could see my room," replied Julia Kean, who, those of you who have met her in an earlier story will recall, was nicknamed "Judy" by her friends. "I'm unpacking. It looks like the world in the era of chaos: mountains of clothes and islands of shoes and archipelagoes of hats all jumbled into a hopeless mass. But, never mind that now. Let's talk about each other. Come on upstairs. Your room's ready. I looked in half an hour ago. You've got new wall paper and a fresh coat of paint. That's because you are one of Mrs. Markham's little pets."

"Really," cried Molly, delighted. "How charmed Nance will be. And I've brought some white dimity curtains with ruffled edges to hang at the windows. I made them last summer when it was ninety eight in the shade. Where is Nance, by the way? And where are all the Queen's girls, and what new ones are here?"

"One at a time, Miss Brown," laughed Judy, following Molly up to the third story and into the large room shared by Molly and her friend, Nance Oldham.

"How sweet it's going to look," cried Molly, clasping her hands and gazing around her with all the ardor of a returned wanderer. "But where is Nance?"

Judy's face became very grave.

"Is it possible you haven't heard the news about Nance?" she said.

"Judy, what do you mean?" cried Molly, taking off her hat and running her fingers through her rumpled auburn hair, a trick she had when she was excited and overwrought... Continue reading book >>




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