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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?

against him. 

 

Charlie expected that Rose would say, "I won't!" therefore he was 

rather astonished, not to say gratified, when, after a look at the 

victim, she laughed suddenly, and, going up to the group of 

gentlemen, drew her uncle Mac under the mistletoe and surprised 

him with a hearty kiss. 

 

"Thank you, my dear," said the innocent gentleman, looking much 

pleased at the unexpected honour. 

 

"Oh, come; that's not fair," began Charlie. But Rose cut him short 

by saying, as she made him a fine courtesy 

 

"You said 'Old Mac,' and though it was very disrespectful, I did it. 

That was your last chance, sir, and you've lost it." 

 

He certainly had, for, as he spoke, Rose pulled down the mistletoe 

and threw it into the fire, while the boys jeered at the crestfallen 

Prince, and exalted quick-witted Rose to the skies. 

 

"What's the joke?" asked young Mac, waked out of a brown study 

by the laughter, in which the elders joined. 

 

But there was a regular shout when, the matter having been 

explained to him, Mac took a meditative stare at Rose through his 

goggles, and said in a philosophical tone, "Well, I don't think I 

should have minded much if she had done it." 

 

That tickled the lads immensely, and nothing but the appearance of 

a slight refection would have induced them to stop chaffing the 

poor Worm, who could not see anything funny in the beautiful 

resignation he had shown on this trying occasion. 

 

Soon after this, the discovery of Jamie curled up in the sofa corner, 

as sound asleep as a dormouse, suggested the propriety of going 


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