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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?

secret fear that Rose might like to make her home for the next 

twelve month with Aunt Jessie, or even Aunt Clara, for Charlie's 

sake. He said nothing, but waited with much anxiety for the day 

when the matter should be decided; and while he waited he did his 

best to finish as far as possible the task he had begun so well. 

 

Rose was very happy now, being out nearly all day enjoying the 

beautiful awakening of the world, for spring came bright and early, 

as if anxious to do its part. The old horse-chestnuts budded round 

her windows, green things sprung up like magic in the garden 

under her hands, hardy flowers bloomed as fast as they could, the 

birds sang blithely overhead, and every day a chorus of pleasant 

voices cried, "Good morning, cousin, isn't it jolly weather?" 

 

No one remembered the date of the eventful conversation which 

resulted in the Doctor's experiment (no one but himself at least); 

so when the aunts were invited to tea one Saturday they came quite 

unsuspiciously, and were all sitting together having a social chat, 

when Brother Alec entered with two photographs in his hand. 

 

"Do you remember that?" he said, showing one to Aunt Clara, who 

happened to be nearest. 

 

"Yes, indeed; it is very like her when she came. Quite her sad, 

unchildlike expression, and thin little face, with the big dark eyes." 

 

The picture was passed round, and all agreed that "it was very like 

Rose a year ago." This point being settled, the Doctor showed the 

second picture, which was received with great approbation, and 

pronounced a "charming likeness." 


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