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A Trip to China
And what came of it
Phebe's Secret
Rose's Sacrifice
Poor Mac
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A Happy Birthday
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Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do

Chapter 22 - Something to do



Whatever danger there might have been from the effects of that 

sudden chill, it was soon over, though, of course, Aunt Myra 

refused to believe it, and Dr. Alec cherished his girl with 

redoubled vigilance and tenderness for months afterward. Rose 

quite enjoyed being sick, because as soon as the pain ended the fun 

began, and for a week or two she led the life of a little princess 

secluded in the Bower, while every one served, amused, and 

watched over her in the most delightful manner. But the doctor 

was called away to see an old friend, who was dangerously ill, and 

then Rose felt like a young bird deprived of its mother's sheltering 

wing; especially on one afternoon when the aunts were taking their 

naps, and the house was very still within while snow fell softly 



"I'll go and hunt up Phebe, she is always nice and busy, and likes to 

have me help her. If Dolly is out of the way we can make caramels 

and surprise the boys when they come," Rose said to herself, as she 

threw down her book and felt ready for society of some sort. 


She took the precaution to peep through the slide before she 

entered the kitchen, for Dolly allowed no messing when she was 

round. But the coast was clear, and no one but Phebe appeared, 

sitting at the table with her head on her arms apparently asleep. 

Rose was just about to wake her with a "Boo!" when she lifted her 

head, dried her wet eyes with her blue apron, and fell to work with 

a resolute face on something she was evidently much interested in. 

Rose could not make out what it was, and her curiosity was greatly 

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