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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?

 

"You artful little baggage! that's the way you expect to get round 

me, is it? That's not studying, I suppose?" 

 

"No, sir, it's teaching; and please, I like it much better than having 

a good time by myself. Besides, you know, I adopted Phebe and 

promised to be a sister to her, so I am bound to keep my word, am 

I not?" answered Rose, looking both anxious and resolute as she 

waited for her sentence. 

 

Dr. Alec was evidently already won, for Rose had described the 

old slate and brown paper copy-book with pathetic effect, and the 

excellent man had not only decided to send Phebe to school long 

before the story was done, but reproached himself for forgetting 

his duty to one little girl in his love for another. So when Rose 

tried to look meek and failed utterly, he laughed and pinched her 

cheek, and answered in that genial way which adds such warmth 

and grace to any favour 

 

"I haven't the slightest objection in the world. In fact, I was 

beginning to think I might let you go at your books again, 

moderately, since you are so well; and this is an excellent way to 

try your powers. Phebe is a brave, bright lass, and shall have a fair 

chance in the world, if we can give it to her, so that if she ever 

finds her friends they need not be ashamed of her." 

 

"I think she has found some already," began Rose eagerly. 

 

"Hey? what? has anyone turned up since I've been gone?" asked 

Dr. Alec quickly, for it was a firm belief in the family that Phebe 

would prove to be "somebody" sooner or later. 

 

"No, her best friend turned up when you came home, uncle," 

answered Rose with an approving pat, adding gratefully, "I can't 


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