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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?

 

Rose had made up her mind to be obstinate about it, because she 

did heartily "detest" the dish; but as Uncle Alec did not attempt to 

make her obey, she suddenly changed her mind and thought she 

would. 

 

"I'll try to eat it to please you, uncle; but people are always saying 

how wholesome it is, and that makes me hate it," she said, 

half-ashamed at her silly excuse. 

 

"I do want you to like it, because I wish my girl to be as well and 

strong as Jessie's boys, who are brought up on this in the good old 

fashion. No hot bread and fried stuff for them, and they are the 

biggest and bonniest lads of the lot. Bless you, auntie, and good 

morning!" 

 

Dr. Alec turned to greet the old lady, and, with a firm resolve to 

eat or die in the attempt, Rose sat down. 

 

In five minutes she forgot what she was eating, so interested was 

she in the chat that went on. It amused her very much to hear Aunt 

Plenty call her forty-year-old nephew "my dear boy"; and Uncle 

Alec was so full of lively gossip about all creation in general, and 

the Aunt-hill in particular, that the detested porridge vanished 

without a murmur. 

 

"You will go to church with us, I hope, Alec, if you are not too 

tired," said the old lady, when breakfast was over. 

 

"I came all the way from Calcutta for that express purpose, ma'am. 

Only I must send the sisters word of my arrival, for they don't 

expect me till to-morrow, you know, and there will be a row in 

church if those boys see me without warning." 

 

"I'll send Ben up the hill, and you can step over to Myra's yourself; 

it will please her, and you will have plenty of time." 


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