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A Young Girl's Wooing   By: (1838-1888)

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The Works of E. P. Roe

Volume Sixteen

A YOUNG GIRL'S WOOING

Illustrated

1884

[Illustration: "ARE YOU SO BENT UPON WINNING HER, GRAYDON?"]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I A Crescent of a Girl

CHAPTER II Graydon Muir

CHAPTER III The Parting

CHAPTER IV Effort

CHAPTER V Achievement

CHAPTER VI The Secret of Beauty

CHAPTER VII Not a Miracle

CHAPTER VIII Rival Girls

CHAPTER IX The Meeting

CHAPTER X Old Ties Broken

CHAPTER XI "I Fear I Shall Fail"

CHAPTER XII The Promptings of Miss Wildmere's Heart

CHAPTER XIII "You Will Be Disappointed"

CHAPTER XIV Miss Wildmere's Strategy

CHAPTER XV Perplexed and Beguiled

CHAPTER XVI Declaration of Independence

CHAPTER XVII Not Strong in Vain

CHAPTER XVIII Make Your Terms

CHAPTER XIX An Object for Sympathy

CHAPTER XX "Veiled Wooing"

CHAPTER XXI Suggestive Tones

CHAPTER XXII Disheartening Confidences

CHAPTER XXIII The Filial Martyr

CHAPTER XXIV "I'll See How You Behave"

CHAPTER XXV Gossamer Threads

CHAPTER XXVI Mrs. Muir's Account

CHAPTER XXVII Madge's Story

CHAPTER XXVIII Dispassionate Lovers

CHAPTER XXIX The Enemies' Plans

CHAPTER XXX The Strong Man Unmanned

CHAPTER XXXI Checkmate

CHAPTER XXXII Madge is Matter of Fact

CHAPTER XXXIII The End of Diplomacy

CHAPTER XXXIV Broken Lights and Shadows

CHAPTER XXXV A New Experiment

CHAPTER XXXVI Madge Alden's Ride

CHAPTER XXXVII "You are Very Blind"

CHAPTER XXXVIII "Certainly I Refuse You"

CHAPTER XXXIX "My True Friend"

CHAPTER XL The End of the Wooing

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

" Are you so bent upon winning her, Graydon? "

"There, now, be rational" cried the young girl

Her lips were parted, her pose, grace itself

" Promise me you will take a long rest "

" So you imagine I shall soon be making love to another girl? "

CHAPTER I

A CRESCENT OF A GIRL

When Madge Alden was seventeen years of age an event occurred which promised to be the misfortune of her life. At first she was almost overwhelmed and knew not what to do. She was but a young and inexperienced girl, and for a year or more had been regarded as an invalid.

Madge Alden was an orphan. Four years prior to the opening of our story she had lost her mother, her surviving parent, and since had resided with her elder sister Mary, who was several years her senior, and had married Henry Muir, a merchant of New York City. This gentleman had cordially united with his wife in offering Madge a home, and his manner toward the young girl, as far as his absorbed and busy life permitted, had been almost paternal. He was a quiet, reticent man, who had apparently concentrated every faculty of soul and body on the problem of commercial success. Trained to business from boyhood, he had allowed it to become his life, and he took it very seriously. It was to him an absorbing game his vocation, and not a means to some ulterior end. He had already accumulated enough to maintain his family in affluence, but he no more thought of retiring from trade than would a veteran whist player wish to throw up a handful of winning cards. The events of the world, the fluctuations in prices, over which he had no control, brought to his endeavor the elements of chance, and it was his mission to pit against these uncertainties untiring industry and such skill and foresight as he possessed.

His domestic life was favorable to his ruling passion. Mary Alden, at the time of her marriage, was a quiet girl, whose early life had been shadowed by sorrow. She had seen her father pass away in his prime, and her mother become in consequence a sad and failing woman. The young girl rallied from these early years of depression into cheerfulness, and thoroughly enjoyed what some might regard as a monotonous life; but she never developed any taste for the diversions of society... Continue reading book >>




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