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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?

did not know how to bring her down, yet longed to do it, for she 

felt as if she had received a box on the ear, and involuntarily put 

her hand up to it. The touch of an ear-ring consoled her, and 

suggested a way of returning tit for tat in a telling manner. 

 

"Thank you, dear; I don't need any help, for our teacher is from 

Paris, and of course he speaks better French than your uncle." 

Then she added, with a gesture of her head that set the little bells 

on her ears to tingling: "How do you like my new ear-rings? Papa 

gave them to me last week, and everyone says they are lovely." 

 

Rose came down from her high horse with a rapidity that was 

comical, for Ariadne had the upper hand now. Rose adored pretty 

things, longed to wear them, and the desire of her girlish soul was 

to have her ears bored, only Dr. Alec thought it foolish, so she 

never had done it. She would gladly have given all the French she 

could jabber for a pair of golden bells with pearl-tipped tongues, 

like those Ariadne wore; and, clasping her hands, she answered, in 

a tone that went to the hearer's heart 

 

"They are too sweet for anything! If uncle would only let me wear 

some, I should be perfectly happy." 

 

"I wouldn't mind what he says. Papa laughed at me at first, but he 

likes them now, and says I shall have diamond solitaires when I 

am eighteen," said Ariadne, quite satisfied with her shot. 

 

"I've got a pair now that were mamma's, and a beautiful little pair 

of pearl and turquoise ones, that I am dying to wear," sighed Rose. 

 

"Then do it. I'll pierce your ears, and you must wear a bit of silk in 


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