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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?

smile, "Hear those girls laugh; cramped lungs could not make 

hearty music like that." 

 

Peals of laughter issued from Rose's room, and smiles 

involuntarily touched the lips of those who listened to the happy 

sound. 

 

"Some new prank of yours, Alec?" asked Aunt Plenty, indulgently, 

for she had come to believe in most of her nephew's odd notions, 

because they seemed to work so well. 

 

"Yes, ma'am, my last, and I hope you will like it. I discovered what 

Clara was at, and got my rival suit ready for to-day. I'm not going 

to 'afflict' Rose, but let her choose, and if I'm not entirely mistaken, 

she will like my rig best. While we wait I'll explain, and then you 

will appreciate the general effect better. I got hold of this little 

book, and was struck with its good sense and good taste, for it 

suggests a way to clothe women both healthfully and handsomely, 

and that is a great point. It begins at the foundations, as you will 

see if you will look at these pictures, and I should think women 

would rejoice at this lightening of their burdens." 

 

As he spoke, the Doctor laid the book before Aunt Plenty, who 

obediently brought her spectacles to bear upon the illustrations, 

and after a long look exclaimed, with a scandalised face 

 

"Mercy on us, these things are like the night-drawers Jamie wears! 

You don't mean to say you want Rose to come out in this costume? 

It's not proper, and I won't consent to it!" 

 

"I do mean it, and I'm sure my sensible aunt will consent when she 

understands that these well I'll call them by an Indian name, and 


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