Author of Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School, Grace Harlowe's
Sophomore Year at High School, Grace Harlowe's Senior
Year at High School, etc.
"We'll get accustomed to it, and it will seem like home inside of two weeks," said Anne Pierson
philosophically. "Everything is bound to change in this world, you know. 'We must put ourselves in harmony
with the things among which our lot is cast.'"[Pg 8]
"Well, Marcus Aurelius, we'll try to accept your teaching," laughed Grace, who immediately recognized the
quotation as coming from a tiny "Marcus Aurelius Year Book" that Anne kept in her desk and frequently
"I wonder what school will bring us this year?" mused Nora O'Malley, as she retied her bow for the fifth time before the mirror and critically surveyed the final effect. "We had a stormy enough time last year, goodness knows. Really, girls, it is hard to believe that Miriam Nesbit and Julia Crosby were at one time the banes of our existence. They come next to you three girls with me, now."
By this time girls began to arrive rapidly, and soon the locker-room hummed with the sound of fresh, young voices. Coats of tan were compared and newly acquired freckles deplored, [Pg 9]as the girls stood about in groups, talking of the delights of the summer vacation just ended.
To the readers of "Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School," and "Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at
High School," the girl chums have become familiar figures. It will be remembered how Grace Harlowe and
her friends, Nora O'Malley and Jessica Bright, during their freshman year, became the firm friends of Anne
Pierson, the brilliant young girl who won the freshman prize offered each year to the freshmen by Mrs. Gray.
The reader will recall the repeated efforts of Miriam Nesbit, aided by Miss Leece, the algebra teacher, to
disgrace Anne in the eyes of the faculty, and the way each attempt was frustrated by Grace Harlowe and her
friends. Mrs. Gray's house party, the winter picnic in Upton Wood, and Anne Pierson's struggles to escape her
unworthy father all contributed toward making the story stand out in the reader's mind.
In "Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year," the girl chums were found leading their class in athletics. Here,
Miriam Nesbit, still unsubdued, endeavored once more to humiliate Anne Pierson, and to oust Grace from her
position as captain of the basketball team, being aided in her plan by Julia Crosby, captain of the junior team,
against whom the sophomores had engaged to [Pg 10]play a series of three games. Grace's brave rescue of
Julia Crosby during a skating party and the latter's subsequent repentance restored good feeling between the
two classes, and the book ended with the final conversion of Miriam after her long and stubbornly nursed
The clang of the first bell broke in upon the chattering groups, and obedient to its summons, the girls moved
slowly out of the locker-room and down the corridor, talking in subdued tones as they strolled toward the
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