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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?

 

"I'm not surprised at that," said Uncle Alec, half to himself, adding, 

in his quick way: "Who have you had to play with?" 

 

"No one but Ariadne Blish, and she was such a goose I couldn't 

bear her. The boys came yesterday, and seemed rather nice; but, of 

course, I couldn't play with them." 

 

"Why not?" 

 

"I'm too old to play with boys." 

 

"Not a bit of it; that's just what you need, for you've been 

molly-coddled too much. They are good lads, and you'll be mixed 

up with them more or less for years to come, so you may as well 

be friends and playmates at once. I will look you up some girls 

also, if I can find a sensible one who is not spoilt by her 

nonsensical education." 

 

"Phebe is sensible, I'm sure, and I like her, though I only saw her 

yesterday," cried Rose, waking up suddenly. 

 

"And who is Phebe, if you please?" 

 

Rose eagerly told all she knew, and Uncle Alec listened, with an 

odd smile lurking about his mouth, though his eyes were quite 

sober as he watched the face before him. 

 

"I'm glad to see that you are not aristocratic in your tastes, but I 

don't quite make out why you like this young lady from the 

poor-house." 

 

"You may laugh at me, but I do. I can't tell why, only she seems so 

happy and busy, and sings so beautifully, and is strong enough to 

scrub and sweep, and hasn't any troubles to plague her," said Rose, 

making a funny jumble of reasons in her efforts to explain. 

 

"How do you know that?" 

 

"Oh, I was telling her about mine, and asked if she had any, and 

she said, 'No, only I'd like to go to school, and I mean to some 


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