“I don’t know, but I’d like it,” said Faith.
“Oh, I wouldn’t,” said Una, chokingly. “She is nice the way she is. But Mary Vance says it changes people ALTOGETHER to be made stepmothers. They get horrid cross and mean and hateful then, and turn your father against you. She says they’re sure to do that. She never knew it to fail in a single case.”
“I don’t believe Miss West would EVER try to do that,” cried Faith.
“Mary says ANYBODY would. She knows ALL about stepmothers, Faith—she says she’s seen hundreds of them—and you’ve never seen one. Oh, Mary has told me blood-curdling things about them.