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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?

think that no one could take care of him so well as Rose, and Rose 

soon grew fond of her patient, though at first she had considered 

this cousin the least attractive of the seven. He was not polite and 

sensible like Archie, nor gay and handsome like Prince Charlie, 

nor neat and obliging like Steve, nor amusing like the "Brats," nor 

confiding and affectionate like little Jamie. He was rough, 

absent-minded, careless, and awkward, rather priggish, and not at 

all agreeable to a dainty, beauty-loving girl like Rose. 

 

But when his trouble came upon him, she discovered many good 

things in this cousin of hers, and learned not only to pity but to 

respect and love the poor Worm, who tried to be patient, brave, 

and cheerful, and found it a harder task than anyone guessed, 

except the little nurse, who saw him in his gloomiest moods. She 

soon came to think that his friends did not appreciate him, and 

upon one occasion was moved to free her mind in a way that made 

a deep impression on the boys. 

 

Vacation was almost over, and the time drawing near when Mac 

would be left outside the happy school-world which he so much 

enjoyed. This made him rather low in his mind, and his cousins 

exerted themselves to cheer him up, especially one afternoon when 

a spasm of devotion seemed to seize them all. Jamie trudged down 

the hill with a basket of blackberries which he had "picked all his 

ownself," as his scratched fingers and stained lips plainly testified. 

Will and Geordie brought their puppies to beguile the weary hours, 

and the three elder lads called to discuss baseball, cricket, and 


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