It may be urged that all proper heroines go through a period of uncertainty before giving their hands and hearts in marriage. Occasionally, however, there are longer seasons of indecision, incident to pride, high temper, or misunderstanding on the lady’s side, or to poverty, undue timidity, or lack of high pressure on the part of the gentleman. I have christened the heroines of this volume “Ladies-in-Waiting,” and that no mental picture may be formed of Queen and Court and Maids of Honor I have asked the artist to portray for the frontispiece a marriageable maiden seated pensively upon a hillside. Her attitude is plainly one of suspended animation while the new moon above her shoulders suggests to the reader that she will not wait in vain.
selections but one or two were to be without accompaniment, and in these Tommy would sit at the piano surrounded by the other three in a little group.
Miss Guggenheim was to give them their first appearance, invite fifty or sixty people, and serve tea. She kindly offered to sing some solos herself, but Tommy, shuddering inwardly, said she thought it was better that the quartette should test its own strength unaided.
Miss Guggenheim couldn't sing, but she could dress, and she had an inspiration a week before the concert.
"What are you going to wear, girls?" she asked.
"Anything we have, is the general idea," said Tommy. "Mine is black."
"Mine's blue"--"White"--"Pink!" came from the other three.
"But must you wear those particular dresses? Can't you each compromise a little so as to look better together?"
"So hard to compromise when each of us has one dress hanging on one nail; one neck and sleeves filled up for afternoons and ripped out for evenings!"