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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?

 

"I thought you had a 'deal of pluck,' as you call it. The boys all say 

you are the bravest of the seven," said Rose. 

 

"So I am about some things, but I cannot bear to be laughed at." 

 

"It is hard, but if one is right won't that make it easier?" 

 

"Not to me; it might to a pious parson like Arch." 

 

"Please don't call him names! I guess he has what is called moral 

courage, and you physical courage. Uncle explained the difference 

to me, and moral is the best, though often it doesn't look so," said 

Rose thoughtfully. 

 

Charlie didn't like that, and answered quickly, "I don't believe he'd 

stand it any better than I do, if he had those fellows at him." 

 

"Perhaps that's why he keeps out of their way, and wants you to." 

 

Rose had him there, and Charlie felt it, but would not give in just 

yet, though he was going fast, for somehow, in the dark he seemed 

to see things clearer than in the light, and found it very easy to be 

confidential when it was "only Rose." 

 

"If he was my brother, now, he'd have some right to interfere," 

began Charlie, in an injured tone. 

 

"I wish he was!" cried Rose. 

 

"So do I," answered Charlie, and then they both laughed at his 

inconsistency. 

 

The laugh did them good, and when Prince spoke again, it was in a 

different tone pensive, not proud nor perverse. 

 

"You see, it's hard upon me that I have no brothers and sisters. The 

others are better off and needn't go abroad for chums if they don't 

like. I am all alone, and I'd be thankful even for a little sister." 

 

Rose thought that very pathetic, and, overlooking the 

uncomplimentary word "even" in that last sentence, she said, with 


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