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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?

 

 

 

Chapter 4 - Aunts

 

 

All dinner-time Rose felt that she was going to be talked about, 

and afterward she was sure of it, for Aunt Plenty whispered to her 

as they went into the parlour 

 

"Run up and sit awhile with Sister Peace, my dear. She likes to 

have you read while she rests, and we are going to be busy." 

 

Rose obeyed, and the quiet rooms above were so like a church that 

she soon composed her ruffled feelings, and was unconsciously a 

little minister of happiness to the sweet old lady, who for years had 

sat there patiently waiting to be set free from pain. 

 

Rose knew the sad romance of her life, and it gave a certain tender 

charm to this great-aunt of hers, whom she already loved. When 

Peace was twenty, she was about to be married; all was done, the 

wedding dress lay ready, the flowers were waiting to be put on, the 

happy hour at hand, when word came that the lover was dead. 

They thought that gentle Peace would die, too; but she bore it 

bravely, put away her bridal gear, took up her life afresh, and lived 

on a beautiful, meek woman, with hair as white as snow and 

cheeks that never bloomed again. She wore no black, but soft, pale 

colours, as if always ready for the marriage that had never come. 

 

For thirty years she had lived on, fading slowly, but cheerful, busy, 

and full of interest in all that went on in the family; especially the 

joys and sorrows of the young girls growing up about her, and to 

them she was adviser, confidante, and friend in all their tender 

trials and delights. A truly beautiful old maiden, with her silvery 

hair, tranquil face, and an atmosphere of repose about her that 


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