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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?

said Aunt Myra, watching Rose as she counted vertebrae, and 

waggled a hip-joint in its socket with an inquiring expression. 

 

"An excellent study, for she enjoys it, and I mean to teach her how 

to manage her nerves so that they won't be a curse to her, as many 

a woman's become through ignorance or want of thought. To make 

a mystery or terror of these things is a mistake, and I mean Rose 

shall understand and respect her body so well that she won't dare 

to trifle with it as most women do." 

 

"And she really likes it?" 

 

"Very much, auntie! It's all so wonderful, and so nicely planned, 

you can hardly believe what you see. Just think, there are 

600,000,000 air cells in one pair of lungs, and 2,000 pores to a 

square inch of surface; so you see what quantities of air we must 

have, and what care we should take of our skin so all the little 

doors will open and shut right. And brains, auntie, you've no idea 

how curious they are; I haven't got to them yet, but I long to, and 

uncle is going to show me a manikin that you can take to pieces. 

Just think how nice it will be to see all the organs in their places; 

I only wish they could be made to work as ours do." 

 

It was funny to see Aunt Myra's face as Rose stood before her 

talking rapidly with one hand laid in the friendliest manner on the 

skeleton's shoulder. Every word both the Doctor and Rose uttered 

hit the good lady in her weakest spot, and as she looked and 

listened a long array of bottles and pill-boxes rose up before her, 

reproaching her with the "ignorance and want of thought" that 


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