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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?

dreamy girl; her faithful service and sweet patience touched and 

won the boy; and long afterward both learned to see how useful 

those seemingly hard and weary hours had been to them. 

 

One bright morning, as Rose sat down to begin a fat volume 

entitled "History of the French Revolution," expecting to come to 

great grief over the long names, Mac, who was lumbering about 

the room like a blind bear, stopped her by asking abruptly 

 

"What day of the month is it?" 

 

"The seventh of August, I believe." 

 

"More than half my vacation gone, and I've only had a week of it! I 

call that hard," and he groaned dismally. 

 

"So it is; but there is more to come, and you may be able to enjoy 

that." 

 

"May be able! I will be able! Does that old noodle think I'm going 

to stay stived up here much longer?" 

 

"I guess he does, unless your eyes get on faster than they have yet." 

 

"Has he said anything more lately?" 

 

"I haven't seen him, you know. Shall I begin? this looks rather 

nice." 

 

"Read away; it's all one to me." And Mac cast himself down upon 

the old lounge, where his heavy head felt easiest. 

 

Rose began with great spirit, and kept on gallantly for a couple of 

chapters, getting over the unpronounceable names with unexpected 

success, she thought, for her listener did not correct her once, and 

lay so still she fancied he was deeply interested. All of a sudden 

she was arrested in the middle of a fine paragraph by Mac, who sat 

bolt upright, brought both feet down with a thump, and said, in a 

rough, excited tone 


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