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Turn About Eleanor   By: (1878-)

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TURN ABOUT ELEANOR

[Illustration: Eleanor]

Turn About Eleanor

By

ETHEL M. KELLEY

ILLUSTRATED BY

F. GRAHAM COOTES

INDIANAPOLIS

THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY

PUBLISHERS

Copyright 1917 The Bobbs Merrill Company

Printed in the United States of America

PRESS OF

BRAUNWORTH & CO.

BOOK MANUFACTURERS

BROOKLYN, N. Y.

TO MY MOTHER

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I Enter Eleanor 1

II The Cooperative Parents 14

III The Experiment Begins 27

IV Peter Elucidates 40

V Eleanor Enjoys Herself in Her Own Way 48

VI Jimmie Becomes a Parent 63

VII One Descent into Bohemia 72

VIII The Ten Hutchinsons 84

IX Peter 101

X The Omniscient Focus 113

XI Gertrude Has Trouble with Her Behavior 124

XII Madam Bolling 138

XIII Brook and River 158

XIV Merry Christmas 167

XV Growing Up 181

XVI Margaret Louisa's Birthright 195

XVII A Real Kiss 203

XVIII Beulah's Problem 219

XIX Mostly Uncle Peter 234

XX The Makings of a Triple Wedding 251

XXI Eleanor Hears the News 261

XXII The Search 271

XXIII The Young Nurse 281

XXIV Christmas Again 292

XXV The Lover 304

TURN ABOUT ELEANOR

TURN ABOUT ELEANOR

CHAPTER I

ENTER ELEANOR

A child in a faded tam o' shanter that had once been baby blue, and a shoddy coat of a glaring, unpropitious newness, was sitting uncomfortably on the edge of a hansom seat, and gazing soberly out at the traffic of Fifth Avenue.

The young man beside her, a blond, sleek, narrow headed youth in eye glasses, was literally making conversation with her. That is, he was engaged in a palpable effort to make conversation to manufacture out of the thin crisp air of that November morning and the random impressions of their progress up the Avenue, something with a general resemblance to tête à tête dialogue as he understood it. He was succeeding only indifferently.

"See, Eleanor," he pointed brightly with his stick to the flower shop they were passing, "see that building with the red roof, and all those window boxes. Don't you think those little trees in pots outside look like Christmas trees? Sometimes when your Aunts Beulah and Margaret and Gertrude, whom you haven't met yet though you are on your way to meet them, you know sometimes when they have been very good, almost good enough to deserve it, I stop by that little flower shop and buy a chaste half dozen of gardenias and their accessories, and divide them among the three."

"Do you?" the child asked, without wistfulness. She was a good child, David Bolling decided, a sporting child, willing evidently to play when it was her turn, even when she didn't understand the game at all. It was certainly a new kind of game that she would be so soon expected to play her part in, a rather serious kind of game, if you chose to look at it that way... Continue reading book >>




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