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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?

clothes all the time, and that's tiresome. Do say you like it. I 

resolved I would, just to please uncle, for he does know more 

about health than anyone else, I'm sure, and I'd wear a bag if he 

asked me to do it." 

 

"I don't ask that, Rose, but I wish you'd weigh and compare the two 

suits, and then choose which seems best. I leave it to your own 

commonsense," answered Dr. Alec, feeling pretty sure he had won. 

 

"Why, I take this one, of course, uncle. The other is fashionable, 

and yes I must say I think it's pretty but it's very heavy, and I 

should have to go round like a walking doll if I wore it. I'm much 

obliged to auntie, but I'll keep this, please." 

 

Rose spoke gently but decidedly, though there was a look of regret 

when her eye fell on the other suit which Phebe had brought in; 

and it was very natural to like to look as other girls did. Aunt Clara 

sighed; Uncle Alec smiled, and said heartily 

 

"Thank you, dear; now read this book and you will understand why 

I ask it of you. Then, if you like, I'll give you a new lesson; you 

asked for one yesterday, and this is more necessary than French or 

housekeeping." 

 

"Oh, what?" and Rose caught up the book which Mrs. Clara had 

thrown down with a disgusted look. 

 

Though Dr. Alec was forty, the boyish love of teasing was not yet 

dead in him, and, being much elated at his victory, he could not 

resist the temptation of shocking Mrs. Clara by suggesting dreadful 

possibilities, so he answered, half in earnest, half in jest, 

"Physiology, Rose. Wouldn't you like to be a little medical student, 

with Uncle Doctor for teacher, and be ready to take up his practice 


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