When a Man Marries (Chapter 7, page 1 of 14)


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Chapter 7

It was Betty Mercer who said she was hungry, and got us switched from
the delicate subject of which was the thief to the quite as pressing
subject of which was to be cook. Aunt Selina had slept quietly through
the whole thing--we learned afterward that she customarily slept on her
left side, which was on her good ear. We gathered in the Dallas Browns'
room, and Jimmy proposed a plan.

"We can have anything sent in that we want," he suggested speciously,
"and if Dal doesn't make good with the city fathers, you girls can
get some clothes anyhow. Then, we can have dinner sent from one of the
hotels."

"Why not all the meals?" Max suggested. "I hope you're not going to be
small about things, Jimmy."

"It ought to be easy," Jim persisted, ignoring the remark, "for nine
reasonably intelligent people to boil eggs and make coffee, which is all
we need for breakfast, with some fruit."

"Nine of us!" Dallas said wickedly, looking at Tom Harbison, who was
out of earshot, "Why nine of us? I thought Kit here, otherwise known as
Bella, was going to show off her housewifely skill."

It ended, however, with Mr. Harbison writing out a lot of slips, cook,
scullery-maid, chamber-maid, parlor-maid, furnace-man, and butler, and
as that left two people over--we didn't count Aunt Selina--he added
another furnace-man and a trained nurse. Betty Mercer drew the trained
nurse slip, and, of course, she was delighted. It seems funny now to
look back and think what a dreadful time she really had, for Aunt Selina
took the grippe, you know, that very day.

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