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It certainly was, and a striking contrast to the first one, for it was a
blooming, smiling face, full of girlish spirit and health, with no
sign of melancholy, though the soft eyes were thoughtful, and the
lines about the lips betrayed a sensitive nature.
Dr. Alec set both photographs on the chimneypiece, and, falling
back a step or two, surveyed them with infinite satisfaction for
several minutes, then wheeled round, saying briefly, as he pointed
to the two faces
"Time is up; how do you think my experiment has succeeded,
"Bless me, so it is!" cried Aunt Plenty, dropping a stitch in her
"Beautifully, dear," answered Aunt Peace, smiling entire approval.
"She certainly has improved, but appearances are deceitful, and
she had no constitution to build upon," croaked Aunt Myra.
"I am willing to allow that, as far as mere health goes, the
experiment is a success," graciously observed Aunt Jane, unable to
forget Rose's kindness to her Mac.
"So am I; and I'll go farther, for I really do believe Alec has done
wonders for the child; she will be a beauty in two or three years,"
added Aunt Clara, feeling that she could say nothing better than
"I always knew he would succeed, and I'm so glad you all allow it,
for he deserves more credit than you know, and more praise than
he will ever get," cried Aunt Jessie, clapping her hands with an
enthusiasm that caused Jamie's little red stocking to wave like a
triumphal banner in the air.
Dr. Alec made them a splendid bow, looking much gratified, and
then said soberly
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