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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?

is my fault I was ill, not yours; for I needn't have been so silly as to 

wait in the cold just because I said I would." 

 

Mac hastened to explain, to load himself with reproaches, and to 

beg her not to die on any account, for Charlie's lecture had made a 

deep impression on the poor boy's mind. 

 

"I didn't know there was any danger of my dying," and Rose looked 

up at him with a solemn expression in her great eyes. 

 

"Oh, I hope not; but people do sometimes go suddenly, you know, 

and I couldn't rest till I'd asked you to forgive me," faltered Mac, 

thinking that Rose looked very like an angel already, with the 

golden hair loose on the pillow, and the meekness of suffering on 

her little white face. 

 

"I don't think I shall die; uncle won't let me; but if I do, remember I 

forgave you." 

 

She looked at him with a tender light in her eyes, and, seeing how 

pathetic his dumb grief was, she added softly, drawing his head 

down, "I wouldn't kiss you under the mistletoe, but I will now, for I 

want you to be sure I do forgive and love you just the same." 

 

That quite upset poor Mac; he could only murmur his thanks and 

get out of the room as fast as possible, to grope his way to the 

couch at the far end of the hall, and lie there till he fell asleep, 

worn out with trying not to "make a baby" of himself. 


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