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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?

helpful and cordial way. 

 

"Housekeeping!" answered Dr. Alec. 

 

"Is that an accomplishment?" asked Rose, while her face fell, for 

she had indulged in all sorts of vague, delightful dreams. 

 

"Yes; it is one of the most beautiful as well as useful of all the arts 

a woman can learn. Not so romantic, perhaps, as singing, painting, 

writing, or teaching, even; but one that makes many happy and 

comfortable, and home the sweetest place in the world. Yes, you 

may open your big eyes; but it is a fact that I had rather see you a 

good housekeeper than the greatest belle in the city. It need not 

interfere with any talent you may possess, but it is a necessary part 

of your training, and I hope that you will set about it at once, now 

that you are well and strong." 

 

"Who is the lady?" asked Rose, rather impressed by her uncle's 

earnest speech. 

 

"Aunt Plenty." 

 

"Is she accomplished?" began Rose in a wondering tone, for this 

great-aunt of hers had seemed the least cultivated of them all. 

 

"In the good old-fashioned way she is very accomplished, and has 

made this house a happy home to us all, ever since we can 

remember. She is not elegant, but genuinely good, and so beloved 

and respected that there will be universal mourning for her when 

her place is empty. No one can fill it, for the solid, homely virtues 

of the dear soul have gone out of fashion, as I say, and nothing new 

can be half so satisfactory, to me at least." 

 

"I should like to have people feel so about me. Can she teach me to 

do what she does, and to grow as good?" asked Rose, with a little 


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