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Two Girls
The Clan
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
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do




Chapter 15 - Ear-Rings



Rose's sprain proved to be a serious one, owing to neglect, and Dr. 

Alec ordered her to lie on the sofa for a fortnight at least; whereat 

she groaned dismally, but dared not openly complain, lest the boys 

turn upon her with some of the wise little sermons on patience 

which she had delivered for their benefit. 


It was Mac's turn now, and honourably did he repay his debt; for, 

as school was still forbidden, he had plenty of leisure, and devoted 

most of it to Rose. He took many steps for her, and even allowed 

her to teach him to knit, after assuring himself that many a brave 

Scotchman knew how to "click the pricks." She was obliged to 

take a solemn vow of secrecy, however, before he would consent; 

for, though he did not mind being called "Giglamps," "Granny" 

was more than his boyish soul could bear, and at the approach of 

any of the Clan his knitting vanished as if by magic, which 

frequent "chucking" out of sight did not improve the stripe he was 

doing for Rose's new afghan. 


She was busy with this pretty work one bright October afternoon, 

all nicely established on her sofa in the upper hall, while Jamie 

and Pokey (lent for her amusement) were keeping house in a 

corner, with Comet and Rose's old doll for their "childerns." 


Presently, Phebe appeared with a card. Rose read it, made a 

grimace, then laughed and said 


"I'll see Miss Blish," and immediately put on her company face, 

pulled out her locket, and settled her curls. 


"You dear thing, how do you do? I've been trying to call every day 

since you got back, but I have so many engagements, I really 

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