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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?

 

"It isn't very pretty," said Rose, who was trimming the 

chimney-piece with glossy holly sprays. 

 

"Never mind that, it's mistletoe, and anyone who stands under it 

will get kissed whether they like it or not. Now's your time, ladies," 

answered the saucy Prince, keeping his place and looking 

sentimentally at the girls, who retired precipitately from the 

dangerous spot. 

 

"You won't catch me," said Rose, with great dignity. 

 

"See if I don't!" 

 

"I've got my eye on Phebe," observed Will, in a patronising tone 

that made them all laugh. 

 

"Bless the dear; I shan't mind it a bit," answered Phebe, with such a 

maternal air that Will's budding gallantry was chilled to death. 

 

"Oh, the mistletoe bough," sang Rose. 

 

"Oh, the mistletoe bough!" echoed all the boys, and the teasing 

ended in the plaintive ballad they all liked so well. 

 

There was plenty of time to try the new skates before dinner, and 

then Rose took her first lesson on the little bay, which seemed to 

have frozen over for that express purpose. She found tumbling 

down and getting up again warm work for a time, but with six boys 

to teach her, she managed at last to stand alone; and, satisfied with 

that success, she refreshed herself with a dozen grand coasts on the 

Amazon, as her sled was called. 

 

"Ah, that fatal colour! it breaks my heart to see it," croaked Aunt 

Myra, as Rose came down a little late, with cheeks almost as ruddy 

as the holly berries on the wall, and every curl as smooth as 

Phebe's careful hands could make it. 

 

"I'm glad to see that Alec allows the poor child to make herself 


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