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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?

excited, for Phebe was writing with a sputtering pen on some bits 

of brown paper, apparently copying something from a little book. 

 

"I must know what the dear thing is about, and why she cried, and 

then set her lips tight and went to work with all her might," 

thought Rose, forgetting all about the caramels, and, going round 

to the door, she entered the kitchen, saying pleasantly 

 

"Phebe, I want something to do. Can't you let me help you about 

anything, or shall I be in the way?" 

 

"Oh, dear no, miss; I always love to have you round when things 

are tidy. What would you like to do?" answered Phebe, opening a 

drawer as if about to sweep her own affairs out of sight; but Rose 

stopped her, exclaiming, like a curious child 

 

"Let me see! What is it? I won't tell if you'd rather not have Dolly 

know." 

 

"I'm only trying to study a bit; but I'm so stupid I don't get on 

much," answered the girl reluctantly, permitting her little mistress 

to examine the poor contrivances she was trying to work with. 

 

A broken slate that had blown off the roof, an inch or two of 

pencil, an old almanac for a reader, several bits of brown or yellow 

paper ironed smoothly and sewn together for a copy-book, and the 

copies sundry receipts written in Aunt Plenty's neat hand. These, 

with a small bottle of ink and a rusty pen, made up Phebe's outfit, 

and it was little wonder that she did not "get on" in spite of the 

patient persistence that dried the desponding tears and drove along 

the sputtering pen with a will. 

 

"You may laugh if you want to, Miss Rose, I know my things are 


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