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Two Girls
The Clan
Uncles
Aunts
A Belt and a Box
Uncle Alec's Room
A Trip to China
And what came of it
Phebe's Secret
Rose's Sacrifice
Poor Mac
"The Other Fellows"
Cosey Corner
A Happy Birthday
Ear-Rings
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do
Peace-Making
Which?

 

 

 

Chapter 1 - Two Girls

 

 

Rose sat all alone in the big best parlor, with her little 

handkerchief laid ready to catch the first tear, for she was thinking 

of her troubles, and a shower was expected. She had retired to this 

room as a good place in which to be miserable; for it was dark and 

still, full of ancient furniture, sombre curtains, and hung all around 

with portraits of solemn old gentlemen in wigs, severe-nosed 

ladies in top-heavy caps, and staring children in little bob-tailed 

coats or short-waisted frocks. It was an excellent place for woe; 

and the fitful spring rain that pattered on the window-pane seemed 

to sob, "Cry away: I'm with you." 

 

Rose really did have some cause to be sad; for she had no mother, 

and had lately lost her father also, which left her no home but this 

with her great-aunts. She had been with them only a week, and, 

though the dear old ladies had tried their best to make her happy, 

they had not succeeded very well, for she was unlike any child they 

had ever seen, and they felt very much as if they had the care of a 

low-spirited butterfly. 

 

They had given her the freedom of the house, and for a day or two 

she had amused herself roaming all over it, for it was a capital old 

mansion, and was full of all manner of odd nooks, charming 

rooms, and mysterious passages. Windows broke out in 

unexpected places, little balconies overhung the garden most 

romantically, and there was a long upper hall full of curiosities 

from all parts of the world; for the Campbells had been 

sea-captains for generations. 

 

Aunt Plenty had even allowed Rose to rummage in her great china 


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