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Excerpt: ... over her that she would read what I wanted her to." "First catch your hare, eh? Good!" said the doctor, with an approving glance towards Mrs. Roberts. "The longer I live the more convinced am I that individual effort is what accomplishes the great things in this world." There was more talk about this and kindred matters; and Gracie found herself drawn out, and her interest excited on themes about which she had supposed she knew nothing. Then occurred an interruption, -a ringing of the door-bell. "For Miss Dennis," said the messenger; but she handed the card to Mrs. Roberts. There was just a moment of hesitation, while that lady apparently studied the name, then she said, composedly: - "This is Professor Ellis, Gracie. Do you wish to receive him this evening?" Since I have known Mrs. Roberts well, I have studied her innocently sincere manner, with not a little curiosity as to the probable effect on the world, suppose it were possible for others to adopt her method. The actual practical effect with her is that she succeeds often in wisely deceiving, while intending to be perfectly sincere. For instance, her question to Gracie after a moment of hesitation, during which she asked herself, "What ought I to do?" and immediately answered herself, "There is nothing for me to do, but to be perfectly straight-forward." Her question was intended to say to Gracie: "I trust you. What your father has directed you to do, I feel sure you will obey." But it said different things from that to Gracie. Ever since she had been told that she might make her old acquaintance, Flossy, a visit, this highly-strung young lady had been suspicious that this was a device of her stepmother to get pleasantly rid of her for a few weeks. She surmised that a very carefully elaborate account of her sins had been written out by this same stepmother for the benefit of her young hostess, and that special directions had been given for guarding her from the wolf, Professor Ellis. She...
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