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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?

contended for this honour. But as week after week went by, and 

Mac was still condemned to idleness and a darkened room, their 

zeal abated, and one after the other fell off. It was hard for the 

active fellows, right in the midst of their vacation; and nobody 

blamed them when they contented themselves with brief calls, 

running of errands, and warm expressions of sympathy. 

 

The elders did their best, but Uncle Mac was a busy man, Aunt 

Jane's reading was of a funereal sort, impossible to listen to long, 

and the other aunties were all absorbed in their own cares, though 

they supplied the boy with every delicacy they could invent. 

 

Uncle Alec was a host in himself, but he could not give all his time 

to the invalid; and if it had not been for Rose, the afflicted Worm 

would have fared ill. Her pleasant voice suited him, her patience 

was unfailing, her time of no apparent value, and her eager 

good-will was very comforting. 

 

The womanly power of self-devotion was strong in the child, and 

she remained faithfully at her post when all the rest dropped away. 

Hour after hour she sat in the dusky room, with one ray of light on 

her book, reading to the boy, who lay with shaded eyes silently 

enjoying the only pleasure that lightened the weary days. 

Sometimes he was peevish and hard to please, sometimes he 

growled because his reader could not manage the dry books he 

wished to hear, and sometimes he was so despondent that her heart 

ached to see him. Through all these trials Rose persevered, using 

all her little arts to please him. When he fretted, she was patient; 


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