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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?

 

 

 

Chapter 12 - "The Other Fellows"

 

 

Rose did tell "the people" what had passed, and no one "howled" 

over Mac, or said a word to trouble him. He had his talk with the 

doctor, and got very little comfort out of it, for he found that "just 

what he might do" was nothing at all; though the prospect of some 

study by and by, if all went well, gave him courage to bear the 

woes of the present. Having made up his mind to this, he behaved 

so well that everyone was astonished, never having suspected so 

much manliness in the quiet Worm. 

 

The boys were much impressed, both by the greatness of the 

affliction which hung over him and by his way of bearing it. They 

were very good to him, but not always particularly wise in their 

attempts to cheer and amuse; and Rose often found him much 

downcast after a visit of condolence from the Clan. She still kept 

her place as head-nurse and chief-reader, though the boys did their 

best in an irregular sort of way. They were rather taken aback 

sometimes at finding Rose's services preferred to their's, and 

privately confided to one another that "Old Mac was getting fond 

of being molly-coddled." But they could not help seeing how 

useful she was, and owning that she alone had remained faithful a 

fact which caused some of them much secret compunction now 

and then. 

 

Rose felt that she ruled in that room, if nowhere else, for Aunt 

Jane left a great deal to her, finding that her experience with her 

invalid father fitted her for a nurse, and in a case like this, her 

youth was an advantage rather than a drawback. Mac soon came to 


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