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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 19 - Brother Bones

 

 

Rose accepted her uncle's offer, as Aunt Myra discovered two or 

three days later. Coming in for an early call, and hearing voices in 

the study, she opened the door, gave a cry and shut it quickly, 

looking a good deal startled. The Doctor appeared in a moment, 

and begged to know what the matter was. 

 

"How can you ask when that long box looks so like a coffin I 

thought it was one, and that dreadful thing stared me in the face as 

I opened the door," answered Mrs. Myra, pointing to the skeleton 

that hung from the chandelier cheerfully grinning at all beholders. 

 

"This is a medical college where women are freely admitted, so 

walk in, madam, and join the class if you'll do me the honour," 

said the Doctor, waving her forward with his politest bow. 

 

"Do, auntie, it's perfectly splendid," cried Rose's voice, and Rose's 

blooming face was seen behind the ribs of the skeleton, smiling 

and nodding in the gayest possible manner. 

 

"What are you doing, child?" demanded Aunt Myra, dropping into 

a chair and staring about her. 

 

"Oh, I'm learning bones to-day, and I like it so much. There are 

twelve ribs, you know, and the two lower ones are called floating 

ribs, because they are not fastened to the breastbone. That's why 

they go in so easily if you lace tight and squeeze the lungs and 

heart in the let me see, what was that big word oh, I know thoracic 

cavity," and Rose beamed with pride as she aired her little bit of 

knowledge. 

 

"Do you think that is a good sort of thing for her to be poking 

over? She is a nervous child, and I'm afraid it will be bad for her," 


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