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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?

indulged than all the other lads put together. 

 

"I am quite easy, for I really do think that Alec will improve the 

child's health; and by the time his year is out, it will be quite soon 

enough for her to go to Madame Roccabella's and be finished off," 

said Aunt Clara, settling her rings, and thinking, with languid 

satisfaction, of the time when she could bring out a pretty and 

accomplished niece. 

 

"I suppose you will stay here in the old place, unless you think of 

marrying, and it's high time you did," put in Mrs. Jane, much 

nettled at her brother's last hit. 

 

"No, thank you. Come and have a cigar, Mac," said Dr. Alec, 

abruptly. 

 

"Don't marry; women enough in the family already," muttered 

Uncle Mac; and then the gentlemen hastily fled. 

 

"Aunt Peace would like to see you all, she says," was the message 

Rose brought before the ladies could begin again. 

 

"Hectic, hectic! dear me, dear me!" murmured Aunt Myra, as the 

shadow of her gloomy bonnet fell upon Rose, and the stiff tips of a 

black glove touched the cheek where the colour deepened under so 

many eyes. 

 

"I am glad these pretty curls are natural; they will be invaluable by 

and by," said Aunt Clara, taking an observation with her head on 

one side. 

 

"Now that your uncle has come, I no longer expect you to review 

the studies of the past year. I trust your time will not be entirely 

wasted in frivolous sports, however," added Aunt Jane, sailing out 

of the room with the air of a martyr. 

 

Aunt Jessie said not a word, but kissed her little niece, with a look 

of tender sympathy that made Rose cling to her a minute, and 


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