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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?

 

"Oh, dear, now she's offended, and I don't know what to do," 

thought Rose, much discouraged by this reception of her offer. 

 

"Please, forgive me; I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, and hope 

you won't think--" she faltered presently, feeling that she must undo 

the mischief, if possible. 

 

But Phebe gave her another surprise, by dropping the apron and 

showing a face all smiles, in spite of tears in the eyes, as she put 

both arms round Rose and said, with a laugh and sob 

 

"I think you are the dearest girl in the world, and I'll let you do 

anything you like with me." 

 

"Then you do like the plan? You didn't cry because I seemed to be 

kind of patronising? I truly didn't mean to be," cried Rose, 

delighted. 

 

"I guess I do like it! and cried because no one was ever so good to 

me before, and I couldn't help it. As for patronising, you may walk 

on me if you want to, and I won't mind," said Phebe, in a burst of 

gratitude, for the words, "we are sisters" went straight to her lonely 

heart and nestled there. 

 

"Well, now, we can play I'm a good sprite out of the box, or, what 

is better, a fairy godmother come down the chimney, and you are 

Cinderella, and must say what you want," said Rose, trying to put 

the question delicately. 

 

Phebe understood that, for she had a good deal of natural 

refinement, though she did come from the poor-house. 

 

"I don't feel as if I wanted anything now, Miss Rose, but to find 

some way of thanking you for all you've done," she said, rubbing 

off a tear that went rolling down the bridge of her nose in the most 


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