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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?

excellent school where I placed her. But our aunt thought best to 

remove her because she complained, and she has been dawdling 

about ever since she came. A most ruinous state of things for a 

morbid, spoilt girl like Rose," said Mrs. Jane, severely. 

 

She had never forgiven the old ladies for yielding to Rose's 

pathetic petition that she might wait her guardian's arrival before 

beginning another term at the school, which was a regular Blimber 

hot-bed, and turned out many a feminine Toots. 

 

"I never thought it the proper school for a child in good 

circumstances an heiress, in fact, as Rose is. It is all very well for 

girls who are to get their own living by teaching, and that sort of 

thing; but all she needs is a year or two at a fashionable finishing 

school, so that at eighteen she can come out with eclat," put in 

Aunt Clara, who had been a beauty and a belle, and was still a 

handsome woman. 

 

"Dear, dear! how short-sighted you all are to be discussing 

education and plans for the future, when this unhappy child is so 

plainly marked for the tomb," sighed Aunt Myra, with a lugubrious 

sniff and a solemn wag of the funereal bonnet, which she refused 

to remove, being afflicted with a chronic catarrh. 

 

"Now, it is my opinion that the dear thing only wants freedom, 

rest, and care. There is look in her eyes that goes to my heart, for it 

shows that she feels the need of what none of us can give her a 

mother," said Aunt Jessie, with tears in her own bright eyes at the 

thought of her boys being left, as Rose was, to the care of others. 

 

Uncle Alec, who had listened silently as each spoke, turned 


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