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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?

soothed whoever came to her! 

 

Aunt Plenty was utterly dissimilar, being a stout, brisk old lady, 

with a sharp eye, a lively tongue, and a face like a winter-apple. 

Always trotting, chatting, and bustling, she was a regular Martha, 

cumbered with the cares of this world and quite happy in them. 

 

Rose was right; and while she softly read psalms to Aunt Peace, 

the other ladies were talking about her little self in the frankest 

manner. 

 

"Well, Alec, how do you like your ward?" began Aunt Jane, as they 

all settled down, and Uncle Mac deposited himself in a corner to 

finish his doze. 

 

"I should like her better if I could have begun at the beginning, and 

so got a fair start. Poor George led such a solitary life that the child 

has suffered in many ways, and since he died she has been going 

on worse than ever, judging from the state I find her in." 

 

"My dear boy, we did what we thought best while waiting for you 

to wind up your affairs and get home. I always told George he was 

wrong to bring her up as he did; but he never took my advice, and 

now here we are with this poor dear child upon our hands. I, for 

one, freely confess that I don't know what to do with her any more 

than if she was one of those strange, outlandish birds you used to 

bring home from foreign parts." And Aunt Plenty gave a perplexed 

shake of the head which caused great commotion among the stiff 

loops of purple ribbon that bristled all over the cap like crocus 

buds. 

 

"If my advice had been taken, she would have remained at the 


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