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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?

follow her with grateful eyes as the door closed behind her. 

 

After everybody had gone home, Dr. Alec paced up and down the 

lower hall in the twilight for an hour, thinking so intently that 

sometimes he frowned, sometimes he smiled, and more than once 

he stood still in a brown study. All of a sudden he said, half aloud, 

as if he had made up his mind 

 

"I might as well begin at once, and give the child something new to 

think about, for Myra's dismals and Jane's lectures have made her 

as blue as a little indigo bag." 

 

Diving into one of the trunks that stood in a corner, he brought up, 

after a brisk rummage, a silken cushion, prettily embroidered, and 

a quaint cup of dark carved wood. 

 

"This will do for a start," he said, as he plumped up the cushion 

and dusted the cup. "It won't do to begin too energetically, or Rose 

will be frightened. I must beguile her gently and pleasantly along 

till I've won her confidence, and then she will be ready for 

anything." 

 

Just then Phebe came out of the dining-room with a plate of brown 

bread, for Rose had been allowed no hot biscuit for tea. 

 

"I'll relieve you of some of that," said Dr. Alec, and, helping 

himself to a generous slice, he retired to the study, leaving Phebe 

to wonder at his appetite. 

 

She would have wondered still more if she had seen him making 

that brown bread into neat little pills, which he packed into an 

attractive ivory box, out of which he emptied his own bits of 

lovage. 

 

"There! if they insist on medicine, I'll order these, and no harm 

will be done. I will have my own way, but I'll keep the peace, if 


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