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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 16 - Bread and Button-Holes



"What in the world is my girl thinking about all alone here, with 

such a solemn face?" asked Dr. Alec, coming into the study, one 

November day, to find Rose sitting there with folded hands and a 

very thoughtful aspect. 


"Uncle, I want to have some serious conversation with you, if you 

have time," she said, coming out of a brown study, as if she had 

not heard his question. 


"I'm entirely at your service, and most happy to listen," he 

answered, in his politest manner, for when Rose put on her 

womanly little airs he always treated her with a playful sort of 

respect that pleased her very much. 


Now, as he sat down beside her, she said, very soberly 


"I've been trying to decide what trade I would learn, and I want you 

to advise me." 


"Trade, my dear?" and Dr. Alec looked so astonished that she 

hastened to explain. 


"I forgot that you didn't hear the talk about it up at Cosey Corner. 

You see we used to sit under the pines and sew, and talk a great 

deal all the ladies, I mean and I liked it very much. Mother 

Atkinson thought that everyone should have a trade, or something 

to make a living out of, for rich people may grow poor, you know, 

and poor people have to work. Her girls were very clever, and 

could do ever so many things, and Aunt Jessie thought the old lady 

was right; so when I saw how happy and independent those young 

ladies were, I wanted to have a trade, and then it wouldn't matter 

about money, though I like to have it well enough." 


Dr. Alec listened to this explanation with a curious mixture of 

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