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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?

Rosy," he said in the old frank way that was so winning. 

 

"I wish you'd beg Archie's too, and be good friends again. You 

never were cross when he was your chum," Rose said, looking up 

at him as he bent toward her from the low chimney-piece, where 

he had been leaning his elbows. 

 

In an instant he stood as stiff and straight as a ramrod, and the 

heavy eyes kindled with an angry spark as he said, in his high and 

mighty manner 

 

"You'd better not meddle with what you don't understand, cousin." 

 

"But I do understand, and it troubles me very much to see you so 

cold and stiff to one another. You always used to be together, and 

now you hardly speak. You are so ready to beg my pardon I don't 

see why you can't beg Archie's, if you are in the wrong." 

 

"I'm not!" this was so short and sharp that Rose started, and 

Charlie added in a calmer but still very haughty tone: "A 

gentleman always begs pardon when he has been rude to a lady, 

but one man doesn't apologize to another man who has insulted 

him." 

 

"Oh, my heart, what a pepperpot!" thought Rose, and, hoping to 

make him laugh, she added slyly: "I was not talking about men, but 

boys, and one of them a Prince, who ought to set a good example 

to his subjects." 

 

But Charlie would not relent, and tried to turn the subject by 

saying gravely, as he unfastened the little gold ring from his 

watch-guard 

 

"I've broken my word, so I want to give this back and free you 

from the bargain. I'm sorry, but I think it a foolish promise, and 

don't intend to keep it. Choose a pair of ear-rings to suit yourself, 

as my forfeit. You have a right to wear them now." 


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