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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?

quite so many aunts. They are all very good to me, and I want to 

please them; but they are so different, I feel sort of pulled to pieces 

among them," said Rose, trying to express the emotions of a stray 

chicken with six hens all clucking over it at once. 

 

Uncle Alec threw back his head and laughed like a boy, for he 

could entirely understand how the good ladies had each put in her 

oar and tried to paddle her own way, to the great disturbance of the 

waters and the entire bewilderment of poor Rose. 

 

"I intend to try a course of uncles now, and see how that suits your 

constitution. I'm going to have you all to myself, and no one is to 

give a word of advice unless I ask it. There is no other way to keep 

order aboard, and I am captain of this little craft, for a time at 

least. What comes next?" 

 

But Rose stuck there, and grew so red, her uncle guessed what that 

trouble was. 

 

"I don't think I can tell this one. It wouldn't be polite, and I feel 

pretty sure that it isn't going to be a trouble any more." 

 

As she blushed and stammered over these words, Dr. Alec turned 

his eyes away to the distant sea, and said so seriously, so tenderly, 

that she felt every word and long remembered them 

 

"My child, I don't expect you to love and trust me all at once, but I 

do want you to believe that I shall give my whole heart to this new 

duty; and if I make mistakes, as I probably shall, no one will grieve 

over them more bitterly than I. It is my fault that I am a stranger to 

you, when I want to be your best friend. That is one of my 


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