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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?

 

Phebe did pretty well, only tripping now and then over a hard 

word, and pronouncing identical "identickle," in a sober way that 

tickled Rose, though never a smile betrayed her. The spelling 

lesson which followed was rather discouraging; Phebe's ideas of 

geography were very vague, and grammar was nowhere, though 

the pupil protested that she tried so hard to "talk nice like educated 

folks" that Dolly called her "a stuck-up piece who didn't know her 

place." 

 

"Dolly's an old goose, so don't you mind her, for she will say 

'nater,' 'vittles,' and 'doos' as long as she lives, and insist that they 

are right. You do talk very nicely, Phebe, I've observed it, and 

grammar will help you, and show you some things are right and 

others ain't are not, I mean," added Rose, correcting herself, and 

feeling that she must mind her own parts of speech if she was to 

serve as an example for Phebe. 

 

When the arithmetic came, the little teacher was surprised to find 

her scholar quicker in some things than herself, for Phebe had 

worked away at the columns in the butcher's and baker's books till 

she could add so quickly and correctly that Rose was amazed, and 

felt that in this branch the pupil would soon excel the teacher if 

she kept on at the same pace. Her praise cheered Phebe 

immensely, and they went bravely on, both getting so interested 

that time flew unheeded till Aunt Plenty appeared, exclaiming, as 

she stared at the two heads bent over one slate 

 

"Bless my heart, what is going on now?" 

 

"School, aunty. I'm teaching Phebe, and it's great fun!" cried Rose, 


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