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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?

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

with an inward groan, for, to his benighted eyes, the girl looked 

like a trussed fowl, and the fine new dress had neither grace, 

beauty, nor fitness to recommend it. 

 

The suit was of two peculiar shades of blue, so arranged that 

patches of light and dark distracted the eye. The upper skirt was 

tied so lightly back that it was impossible to take a long step, and 

the under one was so loaded with plaited frills that it "wobbled" no 

other word will express it ungracefully, both fore and aft. A bunch 

of folds was gathered up just below the waist behind, and a great 

bow rode a-top. A small jacket of the same material was adorned 

with a high ruff at the back, and laid well open over the breast, to 

display some lace and a locket. Heavy fringes, bows, puffs, ruffles, 

and revers finished off the dress, making one's head ache to think 

of the amount of work wasted, for not a single graceful line struck 

the eye, and the beauty of the material was quite lost in the 

profusion of ornament. 

 

A high velvet hat, audaciously turned up in front, with a bunch of 

pink roses and a sweeping plume, was cocked over one ear, and, 

with her curls braided into a club at the back of her neck, Rose's 

head looked more like that of a dashing young cavalier than a 

modest little girl's. High-heeled boots tilted her well forward, a 

tiny muff pinioned her arms, and a spotted veil, tied so closely 

over her face that her eyelashes were rumpled by it, gave the last 

touch of absurdity to her appearance. 

 

"Now she looks like other girls, and as I like to see her," Mrs. 


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