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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?

watched her with an expression of supreme content, as he stroked 

the smooth round cheek, or held the little hand in his, rejoicing to 

see how rosy was the one, how plump and strong the other. 

 

"Have you had a good time? Did you save the poor lady? Aren't 

you glad to be home again with your girl to torment you?" 

 

"Yes, to all those questions. Now tell me what you've been at, little 

sinner? Aunty Plen says you want to consult me about some new 

and remarkable project which you have dared to start in my 

absence." 

 

"She didn't tell you, I hope?" 

 

"Not a word more expect that you were rather doubtful how I'd 

take it, and so wanted to 'fess' yourself and get round me as you 

always try to do, though you don't often succeed. Now, then, own 

up and take the consequences." 

 

So Rose told about her school in her pretty, earnest way, dwelling 

on Phebe's hunger for knowledge, and the delight it was to help 

her, adding, with a wise nod 

 

"And it helps me too, uncle, for she is so quick and eager I have to 

do my best or she will get ahead of me in some things. To-day, 

now, she had the word 'cotton' in a lesson and asked all about it, 

and I was ashamed to find I really knew so little that I could only 

say that it was a plant that grew down South in a kind of a pod, and 

was made into cloth. That's what I was reading up when you came, 

and to-morrow I shall tell her all about it, and indigo too. So you 

see it teaches me also, and is as good as a general review of what 

I've learned, in a pleasanter way than going over it alone." 


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