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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... futility; but the best type of modern parent is chary of needless intrusion into a temple built for two. "Since Gwen has set the example," she said cheerily, " I authorize a 'general post'l It's waste of good material letting you two men drive down together. You come with me in the victoria, and let your nice friend drive Mrs. Videlle in the cart. He won't mind, will he?" "Don't much look as if he would," Finlay remarked drily, with a glance at the two who seemed absorbed in their subject or each other. Then his gaze reverted to Gwen's vanishing figure. "Is that really coming off?" he asked as the curtains fell behind her. "Why? Are people already discussing cheap and effective wedding presents?" Finlay winced. "There or thereabouts. May I discourage them? "Certainly. On principle!" "Not on the strength of facts?" Question and tone seemed to plead for fuller confidence; and this woman of the bravely smiling face was too intimate with the ache of suspense not to respond. "My dear man, I know no more of the facts than you do," she said kindly. "I believe in respecting the reserve of the young; and in some things, my outspoken lass is almost as 'inward' as her own father. What's more, she's got his head on her shoulders; and has been reared not to look upon marriage as an end in itself, but simply as a condition to be accepted for the sake of the one man she could not endure to lose. If she is going to feel that way about Frank Eve-ett, --well--one must put up with it. But at least I have safeguarded her to the best of my power; and she knows she is supremely needed at home. I couldn't bear that any girl of mine should be driven to accept a man as a means to an end. It is bad enough seeing other people's daughters--" She broke off abruptly;...
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