Scene. Sitting-room in Squire Morton's house. Well furnished in the style of an old country mansion. Piano or bookcase, chairs, table with lamp, etc. Room in some confusion, books, papers, ladies fancy work, etc. lying about. Fire in grate or fireplace. Large easy-chair on casters u.L.c. before hearth-rug. Room may be decorated with Christmas evergreen if desired. BELLE and MARION discovered at rise of curtain. BELLE at right of table busy with Christmas fancy work. MARION reading in large chair before fire. As curtain rises she throws down book, yawns, and pulls chair round, facing audience. MARION. Oh, dear! I do wish Mr. Howells would put a little more life into his heroes. His men are such perfect sticks; and yet one can't help being fascinated with them merely as abstract studies of character, they are so perfectly true to life. Bother the men, anyway, I say. BELLE quietly. Yes, dear. They say that you do. MARION. Do what? BELLE. Bother the men. MARION. Belle Morton, what do you mean? BELLE. Oh, nothing. MARION. Who ever said that of me? BELLE. Why, all the fellows in Wellesley have been bothered more or less ever since the day you arrived - a year ago last September - not to mention the hosts of deah boys who came all the way from Boston every Saturday afternoon on purpose to see you off on the three o'clock train to Hartford. Why, every one knows how they used to About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology. Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text.