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So it was decided, and without saying much about the real reason
for this visit, Rose was transplanted to Aunt Clara's, feeling that
she had a work to do, and very eager to do it well.
Dr. Alec was right about the bees, for the boys did follow their
queen, and astonished Mrs. Clara by their sudden assiduity in
making calls, dropping in to dinner, and getting up evening frolics.
Charlie was a devoted host, and tried to show his gratitude by
being very kind to his "little sister," for he guessed why she came,
and his heart was touched by her artless endeavours to "help him
Rose often longed to be back in the old house with the simpler
pleasures and more useful duties of the life there; but, having
made up her mind, in spite of Phebe, that "girls were made to take
care of boys," here motherly little soul found much to enjoy in the
new task she had undertaken.
It was a pretty sight to see the one earnest, sweet-faced girl among
the flock of tall lads, trying to understand, to help and please them
with a patient affection that worked many a small miracle
unperceived. Slang, rough manners, and careless habits were
banished or bettered by the presence of a little gentlewoman; and
all the manly virtues cropping up were encouraged by the hearty
admiration bestowed upon them by one whose good opinion all
valued more than they confessed; while Rose tried to imitate the
good qualities she praised in them, to put away her girlish vanities
and fears, to be strong and just, and frank and brave, as well as
modest, kind, and beautiful.
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