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he added, more quietly, for his sudden outburst had rather startled
"I had forgotten you were a doctor. I'm glad of it, for I do want to
be well, only I hope you won't give me much medicine, for I've
taken quarts already, and it does me no good."
As she spoke, Rose pointed to a little table just inside the window,
on which appeared a regiment of bottles.
"Ah, ha! Now we'll see what mischief these blessed women have
been at." And, making a long arm, Dr. Alec set the bottles on the
wide railing before him, examined each carefully, smiled over
some, frowned over others, and said, as he put down the last: "Now
I'll show you the best way to take these messes." And, as quick as a
flash, he sent one after another smashing down into the posy-beds
"But Aunt Plenty won't like it; and Aunt Myra will be angry, for
she sent most of them!" cried Rose, half frightened and half
pleased at such energetic measures.
"You are my patient now, and I'll take the responsibility. My way
of giving physic is evidently the best, for you look better already,"
he said, laughing so infectiously that Rose followed suit, saying
"If I don't like your medicines any better than those, I shall throw
them into the garden, and then what will you do?"
"When I prescribe such rubbish, I'll give you leave to pitch it
overboard as soon as you like. Now what is the next trouble?"
"I hoped you would forget to ask."
"But how can I help you if I don't know them? Come, let us have
"It is very wrong, I suppose, but I do sometimes wish I had not
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