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a timid sort of earnestness that conquered her cousin at once
"Play I was a little sister. I know I'm silly, but perhaps I'm better
than nothing, and I'd dearly love to do it."
"So should I! and we will, for you are not silly, my dear, but a very
sensible girl, we all think, and I'm proud to have you for a sister.
There, now!" and Charlie looked down at the curly head bobbing
along beside him with real affection in his face.
Rose gave a skip of pleasure, and laid one seal-skin mitten over the
other on his arm, as she said happily
"That's so nice of you! Now, you needn't be lonely any more, and
I'll try to fill Archie's place till he comes back, for I know he will,
as soon as you let him."
"Well, I don't mind telling you that while he was my mate I never
missed brothers and sisters, or wanted anyone else; but since he
cast me off, I'll be hanged if I don't feel as forlorn as old Crusoe
before Friday turned up."
This burst of confidence confirmed Rose in her purpose of
winning Charlie's Mentor back to him, but she said no more,
contented to have done so well. They parted excellent friends, and
Prince went home, wondering why "a fellow didn't mind saying
things to a girl or woman which they would die before they'd own
to another fellow."
Rose also had some sage reflections upon the subject, and fell
asleep thinking that there were a great many curious things in this
world, and feeling that she was beginning to find out some of
Next day she trudged up the hill to see Archie, and having told him
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