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Down went Mac's face, and remorse began to gnaw at him again as
he gave a great sigh and said doubtfully
"I suppose I couldn't see her?"
"Of course not at this time of night, when we want her to go to
Mac opened his mouth to say something more, when a sneeze
came upon him unawares, and a loud "Ah rash hoo!" awoke the
echoes of the quiet house.
"Why didn't you stop it?" said Phebe reproachfully. "I dare say
you've waked her up."
"Didn't know it was coming. Just my luck!" groaned Mac, turning
to go before his unfortunate presence did more harm.
But a voice from the stair-head called softly, "Mac, come up; Rose
wants to see you."
Up he went, and found his uncle waiting for him.
"What brings you here at this hour, my boy?" asked the Doctor in a
"Charlie said it was all my fault, and if she died I'd killed her. I
couldn't sleep, so I came to see how she was, and no one knows it
but Steve," he said with such a troubled face and voice that the
Doctor had not the heart to blame him.
Before he could say anything more a feeble voice called "Mac!"
and with a hasty "Stay a minute just to please her, and then slip
away, for I want her to sleep," the Doctor led him into the room.
The face on the pillow looked very pale and childish, and the smile
that welcomed Mac was very faint, for Rose was spent with pain,
yet could not rest till she had said a word of comfort to her cousin.
"I knew your funny sneeze, and I guessed that you came to see how
I did, though it is very late. Don't be worried, I'm better now, and it
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