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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?

out of sight for a few minutes. 

 

When he came back all inconvenient emotion had been disposed 

of, and, having delivered a box of the hottest mustard procurable 

for money, he departed to "blow up" Mac, that being his next duty 

in his opinion. He did it so energetically and thoroughly that the 

poor Worm was cast into the depths of remorseful despair, and 

went to bed that evening feeling that he was an outcast from 

among men, and bore the mark of Cain upon his brow. 

 

Thanks to the skill of the Doctor, and the devotion of his helpers, 

Rose grew easier about midnight, and all hoped that the worst was 

over. Phebe was making tea by the study fire, for the Doctor had 

forgotten to eat and drink since Rose was ill, and Aunt Plenty 

insisted on his having a "good cordial dish of tea" after his 

exertions. A tap on the window startled Phebe, and, looking up, 

she saw a face peering in. She was not afraid, for a second look 

showed her that it was neither ghost nor burglar, but Mac, looking 

pale and wild in the wintry moonlight. 

 

"Come and let a fellow in," he said in a low tone, and when he 

stood in the hall he clutched Phebe's arm, whispering gruffly, 

"How is Rose?" 

 

"Thanks be to goodness, she's better," answered Phebe, with a 

smile that was like broad sunshine to the poor lad's anxious heart. 

 

"And she will be all right again to-morrow?" 

 

"Oh, dear no! Dolly says she's sure to have rheumatic fever, if she 

don't have noo-monia!" answered Phebe, careful to pronounce the 

word rightly this time. 


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