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Chapter 24 - Which?



"Uncle, I have discovered what girls are made for," said Rose, the 

day after the reconciliation of Archie and the Prince. 


"Well, my dear, what is it?" asked Dr. Alec, who was "planking the 

deck," as he called his daily promenade up and down the hall. 


"To take care of boys," answered Rose, quite beaming with 

satisfaction as she spoke. "Phebe laughed when I told her, and said 

she thought girls had better learn to take care of themselves first. 

But that's because she hasn't got seven boy-cousins as I have." 


"She is right, nevertheless, Rosy, and so are you, for the two things 

go together, and in helping seven lads you are unconsciously doing 

much to improve one lass," said Dr. Alec, stopping to nod and 

smile at the bright-faced figure resting on the old bamboo chair, 

after a lively game of battledore and shuttlecock, in place of a run 

which a storm prevented. 


"Am I? I'm glad of that; but really, uncle, I do feel as if I must take 

care of the boys, for they come to me in all sorts of troubles, and 

ask advice, and I like it so much. Only I don't always know what to 

do, and I'm going to consult you privately and then surprise them 

with my wisdom." 


"All right, my dear; what's the first worry? I see you have 

something on your little mind, so come and tell uncle." 


Rose put her arm in his, and, pacing to and fro, told him all about 

Charlie, asking what she could do to keep him straight, and be a 

real sister to him. 


"Could you make up your mind to go and stay with Aunt Clara a 

month?" asked the Doctor, when she ended. 

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