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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?

 

"Ah, it's all very well to defy them, but you are getting so rampant, 

I'm afraid you will defy me next, and then where are we?" 

 

"No, I won't! I shouldn't dare; because you are my guardian, and 

can put me in a strait-jacket if you like;" and Rose laughed in his 

face, even while she nestled closer with a confiding gesture 

pleasant to see. 

 

"Upon my word, Rosy, I begin to feel like the man who bought an 

elephant, and then didn't know what to do with him. I thought I 

had got a pet and plaything for years to come; but here you are 

growing up like a bean-stalk, and I shall find I've got a 

strong-minded little woman on my hands before I can turn round. 

There's predicament for a man and an uncle!" 

 

Dr. Alec's comic distress was mercifully relieved for the time 

being by a dance of goblins on the lawn, where the children, with 

pumpkin lanterns on their heads, frisked about like 

will-o'-the-wisps, as a parting surprise. 

 

When Rose went to bed, she found that Uncle Alec had not 

forgotten her; for on the table stood a delicate little easel, holding 

two miniatures set in velvet. She knew them both, and stood 

looking at them till her eyes brimmed over with tears that were 

both sweet and sad; for they were the faces of her father and 

mother, beautifully copied from portraits fast fading away. 

 

Presently, she knelt down, and, putting her arms round the little 

shrine, kissed one after the other, saying with an earnest voice, "I'll 

truly try to make them glad to see me by and by." 

 

And that was Rose's little prayer on the night of her fourteenth 


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