Do you think it is—sarcastically—a “pretty dish to set before the king”? Have we shown up our friends and neighbors too plainly? There is one comfort; nobody knows exactly where “Z——” is; and there are friends and neighbors everywhere.
I am sure nobody can complain, if I don’t. This last part—the Barbarous part—is a continual breach of confidence. I have a great mind, now, not to respect anything myself; not even that cadet button, made into a pin, which Ruth wears so shyly. To be sure, Mrs. Hautayne has one too; she and Ruth are the only two girls whom Dakie Thayne considers worth a button; but Leslie is an old, old friend; older than Dakie in years, so that it could never have been like Ruth with her; and she never was a bit shy about it either. Besides—
Well, you cannot have any more than there is. The story is told as far as we—or anybody—has gone. You must let the world go round the sun again, a time or two; everything has not come to pass yet—even with “We Girls.”