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Prudence Says So   By: (1887-)

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PRUDENCE SAYS SO

by

ETHEL HUESTON

Author of Prudence of the Parsonage

With Illustrations by Arthur William Brown

[Illustration: Come on. Let's beat it]

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers

Copyright 1916 The Bobbs Merrill Company

To MY LITTLE DAUGHTER ELIZABETH MY COMRADE AND MY INSPIRATION

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE CHAPERON 1

II SCIENCE AND HEALTH 19

III A GIFT FROM HEAVEN 39

IV HOW CAROL SPOILED THE WEDDING 58

V THE SERENADE 80

VI SUBSTITUTION 95

VII MAKING MATCHES 114

VIII LARK'S LITERARY VENTURE 130

IX A CLEAR CALL 154

X JERRY JUNIOR 179

XI THE END OF FAIRY 193

XII SOWING SEEDS 209

XIII THE CONNIE PROBLEM 222

XIV BOOSTING CONNIE 238

XV A MILLIONAIRE'S SON 252

XVI THE TWINS HAVE A PROPOSAL 277

XVII THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T PROPOSE 297

PRUDENCE SAYS SO

CHAPTER I

THE CHAPERON

"Girls, come down! Quick! I want to see how you look!"

Prudence stood at the foot of the stairs, deftly drawing on her black silk gloves, gloves still good in Prudence's eyes, though Fairy had long since discarded them as unfit for service. There was open anxiety in Prudence's expression, and puckers of worry perpendicularly creased her white forehead.

"Girls!" she called again. "Come down! Father, you'd better hurry, it's nearly train time. Girls, are you deaf!"

Her insistence finally brought response. A door opened in the hallway above, and Connie started down the stairs, fully dressed, except that she limped along in one stocking foot, her shoe in her hand.

"It's so silly of you to get all dressed before you put on your shoes, Connie," Prudence reproved her as she came down. "It wrinkles you up so. But you do look nice. Wasn't it dear of the Ladies' Aid to give you that dress for your birthday? It's so dainty and sweet, and goodness knows you needed one. They probably noticed that. Let me fix your bow a little. Do be careful, dear, and don't get mussed before we come back. Aunt Grace will be so much gladder to live with us if we all look sweet and clean. And you'll be good, won't you, Connie, and Twins, will you come!"

"They are sewing up the holes in each other's stockings," Connie vouchsafed. "They're all dressed."

The twins, evidently realizing that Prudence's patience was near the breaking point, started down stairs for approval, a curious procession. All dressed as Connie had said, and most charming, but they walked close together, Carol stepping gingerly on one foot and Lark stooping low, carrying a needle with great solicitude, the thread reaching from the needle to a small hole on Carol's instep.

"What on earth are you doing?"

"I'm sewing up the holes in Carol's stocking," Lark explained. "If you had waited a minute I would have finished Hold still, Carol, don't walk so jerky or you'll break the thread. There were five holes in her left stocking, Prudence, and I'm "

Prudence frowned disapprovingly. "It's a very bad habit to sew up holes in your stockings when you are wearing them. If you had darned them all yesterday as I told you, you'd have had plenty of Mercy, Lark, you have too much powder on!"

"I know it, Carol did it. She said she wanted me to be of an intellectual pallor." Lark mopped her face with one hand.

"You'd better not mention to papa that we powdered to day," Carol suggested. "He's upset. It's very hard for a man to be reasonable when he's upset, you know... Continue reading book >>




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