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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?

them till they are well; your curls will hide them nicely; then, 

some day, slip in your smallest ear-rings, and see if your uncle 

don't like them." 

 

"I asked him if it wouldn't do my eyes good once when they were 

red, and he only laughed. People do cure weak eyes that way, don't 

they?" 

 

"Yes, indeed, and yours are sort of red. Let me see. Yes, I really 

think you ought to do it before they get worse," said Ariadne, 

peering into the large clear eye offered for inspection. 

 

"Does it hurt much?" asked Rose, wavering. 

 

"Oh dear, no; just a prick and a pull, and it's all over. I've done lots 

of ears, and know just how. Come, push up your hair and get a big 

needle." 

 

"I don't quite like to do it without asking uncle's leave," faltered 

Rose, when all was ready for the operation. 

 

"Did he ever forbid it?" demanded Ariadne, hovering over her prey 

like a vampire. 

 

"No, never!" 

 

"Then do it, unless you are afraid," cried Miss Blish, bent on 

accomplishing the deed. 

 

That last word settled the matter, and, closing her eyes, Rose said 

"Punch!" in the tone of one giving the fatal order "Fire!" 

 

Ariadne punched, and the victim bore it in heroic silence, though 

she turned pale and her eyes were full of tears of anguish. 

 

"There! Now pull the bits of silk often, and cold-cream your ears 

every night, and you'll soon be ready for the rings," said Ariadne, 

well pleased with her job, for the girl who spoke French with "a 

fine accent" lay flat upon the sofa, looking as exhausted as if she 

had had both ears cut off. 

 

"It does hurt dreadfully, and I know uncle won't like it," sighed 


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