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Two Girls
The Clan
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
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do


"Thank you; now the question is, shall I go on? for this is only the 

beginning. None of you know the hindrances I've had, the mistakes 

I've made, the study I've given the case, and the anxiety I've often 

felt. Sister Myra is right is one thing Rose is a delicate creature, 

quick to flourish in the sunshine, and as quick to droop without it. 

She has no special weakness, but inherits her mother's sensitive 

nature, and needs the wisest, tenderest care, to keep a very ardent 

little soul from wearing out a finely organised little body. I think I 

have found the right treatment, and; with you to help me, I believe 

we may build up a lovely and a noble woman, who will be a pride 

and comfort to us all." 


There Dr. Alec stopped to get his breath, for he had spoken very 

earnestly, and his voice got a little husky over the last words. A 

gentle murmur from the aunts seemed to encourage him, and he 

went on with an engaging smile, for the good man was slyly trying 

to win all the ladies to vote for him when the time came. 


"Now, I don't wish to be selfish or arbitrary, because I am her 

guardian, and I shall leave Rose free to choose for herself. We all 

want her, and if she likes to make her home with any of you rather 

than with me, she shall do so. In fact, I encouraged her visits last 

winter, that she might see what we can all offer her, and judge 

where she will be happiest. Is not that the fairest way? Will you 

agree to abide by her choice, as I do?" 


"Yes, we will," said all the aunts, in quite a flutter of excitement at 

the prospect of having Rose for a whole year. 

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