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Rose's Sacrifice
Poor Mac
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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 21 - A Scare

 

 

"Brother Alec, you surely don't mean to allow that child to go out 

such a bitter cold day as this," said Mrs. Myra, looking into the 

study, where the Doctor sat reading his paper, one February 

morning. 

 

"Why not? If a delicate invalid like yourself can bear it, surely my 

hearty girl can, especially as she is dressed for cold weather," 

answered Dr. Alec with provoking confidence. 

 

"But you have no idea how sharp the wind is. I am chilled to the 

very marrow of my bones," answered Aunt Myra, chafing the end 

of her purple nose with her sombre glove. 

 

"I don't doubt it, ma'am, if you will wear crape and silk instead of 

fur and flannel. Rosy goes out in all weathers, and will be none the 

worse for an hour's brisk skating." 

 

"Well, I warn you that you are trifling with the child's health, and 

depending too much on the seeming improvement she has made 

this year. She is a delicate creature for all that, and will drop away 

suddenly at the first serious attack, as her poor mother did," 

croaked Aunt Myra, with a despondent wag of the big bonnet. 

 

"I'll risk it," answered Dr. Alec, knitting his brows, as he always 

did when any allusion was made to that other Rose. 

 

"Mark my words, you will repent it," and with that awful prophecy, 

Aunt Myra departed like a black shadow. 

 

Now it must be confessed that among the Doctor's failings and he 

had his share was a very masculine dislike of advice which was 

thrust upon him unasked. He always listened with respect to the 

great-aunts, and often consulted Mrs. Jessie; but the other three 


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