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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?

not do to yield too soon: so he shook his head, gave a great puff, 

and said loftily 

 

"You women are always asking us to give up harmless little things 

just because you don't approve of them. How would you like it if 

we did the same by you, miss?" 

 

"If I did harmful or silly things, I'd thank you for telling me of 

them, and I'd try to mend my ways," answered Rose heartily. 

 

"Well, now, we'll see if you mean what you say. I'll give up 

smoking to please you, if you will give up something to please 

me," said Prince, seeing a good chance to lord it over the weaker 

vessel at small cost to himself. 

 

"I'll agree if it is as foolish as cigars." 

 

"Oh, it's ever so much sillier." 

 

"Then I promise; what is it?" and Rose quite trembled with anxiety 

to know which of her pet habits or possessions she must lose. 

 

"Give up your ear-rings," and Charlie laughed wickedly, sure that 

she would never hold to that bargain. 

 

Rose uttered a cry and clapped both hands to her ears where the 

gold rings hung. 

 

"Oh, Charlie, wouldn't anything else do as well? I've been through 

so much teasing and trouble, I do want to enjoy my pretty 

ear-rings, for I can wear them now." 

 

"Wear as many as you like, and I'll smoke in peace," returned this 

bad boy. 

 

"Will nothing else satisfy you?" imploringly. 

 

"Nothing," sternly. 

 

Rose stood silent for a minute, thinking of something Aunt Jessie 

once said "You have more influence over the boys than you know; 

use it for their good, and I shall thank you all my life." Here was a 

chance to do some good by sacrificing a little vanity of her own. 


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