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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?

closet a spicy retreat, rich in all the "goodies" that children love; 

but Rose seemed to care little for these toothsome temptations; 

and when that hope failed, Aunt Plenty gave up in despair. 

 

Gentle Aunt Peace had tried all sorts of pretty needle-work, and 

planned a doll's wardrobe that would have won the heart of even 

an older child. But Rose took little interest in pink satin hats and 

tiny hose, though she sewed dutifully till her aunt caught her 

wiping tears away with the train of a wedding-dress, and that 

discovery put an end to the sewing society. 

 

Then both old ladies put their heads together and picked out the 

model child of the neighbourhood to come and play with their 

niece. But Ariadne Blish was the worst failure of all, for Rose 

could not bear the sight of her, and said she was so like a wax doll 

she longed to give her a pinch and see if she would squeak. So 

prim little Ariadne was sent home, and the exhausted aunties left 

Rose to her own devices for a day or two. 

 

Bad weather and a cold kept her in-doors, and she spent most of 

her time in the library where her father's books were stored. Here 

she read a great deal, cried a little, and dreamed many of the 

innocent bright dreams in which imaginative children find such 

comfort and delight. This suited her better than anything else, but 

it was not good for her, and she grew pale, heavy-eyed and listless, 

though Aunt Plenty gave her iron enough to make a cooking-stove, 

and Aunt Peace petted her like a poodle. 

 

Seeing this, the poor aunties racked their brains for a new 


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