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Aunt Jane's Nieces

However, the gray-whiskered Scotsman was not to be taken by storm,

even by a pretty face. His loyalty to "the boy" induced him to be wary

in associating with these strange "young females" and although he

welcomed them to the stable with glum civility he withheld his opinion

of them until he should know them better.

In their rambles the girls found Kenneth's own stair, and were sitting

upon it when Phibbs came to summon Louise to attend upon Aunt Jane.

She obeyed with alacrity, for she wished to know more of the queer

relative whose guest she had become.

"Sit down," said Aunt Jane, very graciously, as the girl entered.

Louise leaned over the chair, kissed her and patted her cheek

affectionately, and then shook up the pillows to make them more


"I want you to talk to me," announced Aunt Jane, "and to tell me

something of the city and the society in which you live. I've been so

long dead to the world that I've lost track of people and things."

"Let me dress your hair at the same time," said Louise, pleadingly.

"It looks really frowsy, and I can talk while I work."

"I can't lift my left hand," said the invalid, flushing, "and Phibbs

is a stupid ass."

"Never mind, I can make it look beautiful in half a jiffy," said the

girl, standing behind the chair and drawing deftly the hairpins from

Aunt Jane's scanty grey locks, "and you can't imagine how it pleases

me to fuss over anyone."

It was surprising how meekly Aunt Jane submitted to this ordeal, but

she plied the girl with many shrewd questions and Louise, busily

working in a position where the old woman could not see her face,

never hesitated for an answer. She knew all the recent gossip of

fashionable society, and retailed it glibly. She had met this

celebrity at a ball and that one at a reception, and she described

them minutely, realizing that Aunt Jane would never be in a position

to contradict any assertion she might choose to make.

Indeed, Aunt Jane was really startled.

"However did your mother manage to gain an entree into society?

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