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"The Campus Echo"
THIi: BACHELOR'S DR3;lAi
And so I bought/and framed her. She makes me smile when I
com.e in feeling old/ and mistaken. She makes me remem.ber Youth.
She makes me rememhi-r to smile. She gives me faith.' She gives
me -memory. Ireir.ember another smiling hacpy, daring little face
of race and breeding that went on over the stars long time ago,
when I look at her. And, who she may be I do not know, but she
lives on my mantelpiece and never goes away.
Looking at the little spirit of the house v/ho lived on the
mantelpiece, I thought even if she did not go away, don't you
bet that ■ sometimes srie comes down. In the guise of the girl'gone
over the stars long ago--with the frock of today, but the face
of another? Don't you bet, on quiet winter evenings, v.hen all the
quest are gone--cxceot the little quest that never goes---vlien the
Eachelof, in his vcl‘''et jacket and ea:;y slippers, sits alone in
a-big winged chair :*n the deep silence of m.idnight with only the
crackle and rustle cf tne fire, that hte rustle of the fire molts
into another sound, the whisper of a silken gown, the soft susur-
rous of a stirring cxcature unfolding, rising, descending, that
the little quest on th= mantelpiece, cs the Bachelor’s chin.sinks
lower in his sno’.vy white tie, steps or.t of her gilded frame, peers
over the edge oT the shelf with the eyes of his youth's love grows
and daintly descenc's. And the fli'e crar.kles and rustles the loud
er as her brocades swish..
Perhaps in the Bachelor's dreams Youth Cupid, the undying Dan,
the Eros of his yout]?. and yours and mine, leans gaminlike above
him and holds ovoj' head the mischiovous m.istletoe. And 'chen--
who knows--steppi:i2: di=.iritil'r, daring, r.ho sofb spell holding, the
little m.odern que^r 'Gna'. never wi 1... nhe clotiies of you and I,
but the face of a ^irl lorg gonw, le:.ns ■■lose to the k.lnd cf .old
d.reaming face and k^3st':s ri.im v/ith uhe fragrant lips of Youth and
I don't belj.eve that he keeps her picture because it is smil
ing, and gay, and tob‘:'ed,and .full of race ynd breeding and aud
acious and sweet. .1 do not thinl; sb-- t).ia]:os him smile because of th
that. I think she lf’;ycs on his m^antel and mak(. s him smile and dream
—only because som'^how--there is a poign.'.nt something,' a lootc, a
fleeting im.press--only because she loo:vs l.ike *'the girl he used to
she gives me memory.
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