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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?

that ever went off," said Phebe, meditating an elopement with one 

of the boats if she could get a chance. 

 

"Let things work; if she resists a brilliant invitation we give her she 

will be a heroine," added Uncle Alec, secretly hoping that she 

would not. 

 

Meanwhile Rose had spent a quiet, busy day helping Dolly, 

waiting on Aunt Peace, and steadily resisting Aunt Plenty's 

attempts to send her back to the happy island. It had been hard in 

the morning to come in from the bright world outside, with flags 

flying, cannon booming, crackers popping, and everyone making 

ready for a holiday, and go to washing cups, while Dolly grumbled 

and the aunts lamented. It was very hard to see the day go by, 

knowing how gay each hour must have been across the water, and 

how a word from her would take her where she longed to be with 

all her heart. But it was hardest of all when evening came and 

Aunt Peace was asleep, Aunt Plenty seeing a gossip in the parlor, 

Dolly established in the porch to enjoy the show, and nothing left 

for the little maid to do but sit alone in her balcony and watch the 

gay rockets whizz up from island, hill, and city, while bands 

played and boats laden with happy people went to and fro in the 

fitful light. 

 

Then it must be confessed that a tear or two dimmed the blue eyes, 

and once, when a very brilliant display illuminated the island for a 

moment, and she fancied she saw the tents, the curly head went 

down on the railing, and a wide-awake nasturtium heard a little 

whisper 

 

"I hope someone wishes I was there!" 

 

The tears were all gone, however, and she was watching the hill 


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