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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
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
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Chapter 11 - Poor Mac



Rose's sacrifice was a failure in one respect, for, though the elders 

loved her the better for it, and showed that they did, the boys were 

not inspired with the sudden respect which she had hoped for. In 

fact, her feelings were much hurt by overhearing Archie say that 

he couldn't see any sense in it; and the Prince added another blow 

by pronouncing her "the queerest chicken ever seen." 


It is apt to be so, and it is hard to bear; for, though we do not want 

trumpets blown, we do like to have our little virtues appreciated, 

and cannot help feeling disappointed if they are not. 


A time soon came, however, when Rose, quite unconsciously, won 

not only the respect of her cousins, but their gratitude and 

affection likewise. 


Soon after the Island episode, Mac had a sunstroke, and was very 

ill for some time. It was so sudden that everyone was startled, and 

for some days the boy's life was in danger. He pulled through, 

however; and then, just as the family were rejoicing, a new trouble 

appeared which cast a gloom over them all. 


Poor Mac's eyes gave out; and well they might, for he had abused 

them, and never being very strong, they suffered doubly now. 


No one dared to tell him the dark predictions of the great oculist 

who came to look at them, and the boy tried to be patient, thinking 

that a few weeks of rest would repair the overwork of several 



He was forbidden to look at a book, and as that was the one thing 

he most delighted in, it was a terrible affliction to the Worm. 

Everyone was very ready to read to him, and at first the lads 

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