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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?

when he growled, she ploughed bravely through the hard pages not 

dry to her in one sense, for quiet tears dropped on them now and 

then; and when Mac fell into a despairing mood, she comforted 

him with every hopeful word she dared to offer. 

 

He said little, but she knew he was grateful, for she suited him 

better than anyone else. If she was late, he was impatient; when 

she had to go, he seemed forlorn; and when the tired head ached 

worst, she could always soothe him to sleep, crooning the old 

songs her father used to love. 

 

"I don't know what I should do without that child," Aunt Jane often 

said. 

 

"She's worth all those racketing fellows put together," Mac would 

add, fumbling about to discover if the little chair was ready for her 

coming. 

 

That was the sort of reward Rose liked, the thanks that cheered 

her; and whenever she grew very tired, one look at the green 

shade, the curly head so restless on the pillow, and the poor 

groping hands, touched her tender heart and put new spirit into the 

weary voice. 

 

She did not know how much she was learning, both from the 

books she read and the daily sacrifices she made. Stories and 

poetry were her delight, but Mac did not care for them; and since 

his favourite Greeks and Romans were forbidden, he satisfied 

himself with travels, biographies, and the history of great 

inventions or discoveries. Rose despised this taste at first, but soon 

got interested in Livingstone's adventures, Hobson's stirring life in 

India, and the brave trials and triumphs of Watt and Arkwright, 

Fulton, and "Palissy, the Potter." The true, strong books helped the 


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