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Walsh, William T. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. III, No. 5 (February 1906)

Hinckley, Cora C.
An ideal broken,   pp. 149-154


Page 149


AN IDEAL BROKEN.
                AN IDEAL BROKEN
                     By Cora C. Hinckley.
   It was the night before the Junior Prom and everything
 at the Gamma Delt house was ready for the House-party.
 All the old furniture was replaced by new pieces, either bor-
 rowed or newly purchased. No pipes or tobacco bags were
 lying about; not a speck of dust to be seen; vases of flowers
 carelessly placed on mantels and tables; and all books and
 other things suggestive of school life hidden away. Mrs.
 Perry's brass andirons gleamed before the grate, and Tom
 Grant's mother had loaned several of her pictures and her
 Mexican couch cover. All the banners and pennants won in
 past field meets were brushed up and put in conspicuous
 places, and the three loving cups shone like new. Indeed, a
 general air of comfort and opulence filled the once rather
 shabby-looking halls.
 Up in Phil Graham's room, which was not to be turned
 over to the ladies, a rather different state prevailed. Broken
 chairs, books, papers, dress-suit cases, boxes and a thousand
 unsightly, but necessary, things had been crammed in, hit
 or miss. But in the midst of the melee, a pipe in his mouth
 and his feet resting on his bureau, sat Phil-absolutely
 happy. Everything had turned out much better than he had
 even hoped. Last summer, when he had been at Oconomo-
 woc for the boat races, he had met Kate Lee. For two whole
 weeks they had gaily flirted away the time together. The
 night she left they had been out rowing. Either her pretty
 dress or the relentless moonlight had turned his head, and,
 although he knew such distant invitations often proved dis-
 astrous, he had invited her up to the Junior Prom and to the
 Gamma Delt house-party. There hadn't a month passed be-
fore Kate was forgotten with a half dozen other summer
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