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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?

 

 

 

Chapter 18 - Fashion and Physiology

 

 

"Please, sir, I guess you'd better step up right away, or it will be too 

late, for I heard Miss Rose say she knew you wouldn't like it, and 

she'd never dare to let you see her." 

 

Phebe said this as she popped her head into the study, where Dr. 

Alec sat reading a new book. 

 

"They are at it, are they?" he said, looking up quickly, and giving 

himself a shake, as if ready for a battle of some sort. 

 

"Yes, sir, as hard as they can talk, and Miss Rose don't seem to 

know what to do, for the things are ever so stylish, and she looks 

elegant in 'em; though I like her best in the old ones," answered 

Phebe. 

 

"You are a girl of sense. I'll settle matters for Rosy, and you'll lend 

a hand. Is everything ready in her room, and are you sure you 

understand how they go?" 

 

"Oh, yes, sir; but they are so funny! I know Miss Rose will think 

it's a joke," and Phebe laughed as if something tickled her 

immensely. 

 

"Never mind what she thinks so long as she obeys. Tell her to do it 

for my sake, and she will find it the best joke she ever saw. I 

expect to have a tough time of it, but we'll win yet," said the 

Doctor, as he marched upstairs with the book in his hand, and an 

odd smile on his face. 

 

There was such a clatter of tongues in the sewing-room that no one 

heard his tap at the door, so he pushed it open and took an 

observation. Aunt Plenty, Aunt Clara, and Aunt Jessie were all 

absorbed in gazing at Rose, who slowly revolved between them 

and the great mirror, in a full winter costume of the latest fashion. 

 

"Bless my heart! worse even than I expected," thought the Doctor, 


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