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"Hullo! what new game is this?"
Rose explained, Mac gave a long whistle of surprise, and then took
a promenade round the skeleton, observing gravely
"Brother Bones looks very jolly, but I can't say much for his
"You mustn't make fun of him, for he's a good old fellow, and
you'd be just as ugly if your flesh was off," said Rose, defending
her new friend with warmth.
"I dare say, so I'll keep my flesh on, thank you. You are so busy
you can't read to a fellow, I suppose?" asked Mac, whose eyes
were better, but still too weak for books.
"Don't you want to come and join my class? Uncle explains it all to
us, and you can take a look at the plates as they come along. We'll
give up bones today and have eyes instead; that will be more
interesting to you," added Rose, seeing no ardent thirst for
physiological information in his face.
"Rose, we must not fly about from one thing to another in this
way," began Dr. Alec, but she whispered quickly, with a nod
towards Mac, whose goggles were turned wistfully in the direction
of the forbidden books
"He's blue to-day, and we must amuse him; give a little lecture on
eyes, and it will do him good. No matter about me, uncle."
"Very well; the class will please be seated," and the Doctor gave a
sounding rap on the table.
"Come, sit by me, dear, then we can both see the pictures; and if
your head gets tired you can lie down," said Rose, generously
opening her little college to a brother, and kindly providing for the
weaknesses that all humanity is subject to.
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