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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?

 

"I'm sure you ain't all alone with such a lot of folks belonging to 

you, and all so rich and clever. You'll be petted to pieces, Debby 

says, because you are the only girl in the family." 

 

Phebe's last words made Rose smile in spite of her tears, and she 

looked out from behind her apron with an April face, saying in a 

tone of comic distress 

 

"That's one of my troubles! I've got six aunts, and they all want me, 

and I don't know any of them very well. Papa named this place the 

Aunt-hill, and now I see why." 

 

Phebe laughed with her as she said encouragingly, 

 

"Everyone calls it so, and it's a real good name, for all the Mrs. 

Campbells live handy by, and keep coming up to see the old 

ladies." 

 

"I could stand the aunts, but there are dozens of cousins, dreadful 

boys all of them, and I detest boys! Some of them came to see me 

last Wednesday, but I was lying down, and when auntie came to 

call me I went under the quilt and pretended to be asleep. I shall 

have to see them some time, but I do dread it so." And Rose gave a 

shudder, for, having lived alone with her invalid father, she knew 

nothing of boys, and considered them a species of wild animal. 

 

"Oh! I guess you'll like 'em. I've seen 'em flying round when they 

come over from the Point, sometimes in their boats and sometimes 

on horseback. If you like boats and horses, you'll enjoy yourself 

first-rate." 

 

"But I don't! I'm afraid of horses, and boats make me ill, and I hate 

boys!" And poor Rose wrung her hands at the awful prospect 

before her. One of these horrors alone she could have borne, but 


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