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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?

waist in a stiff band of leather and steel just when it ought to be 

growing," said Dr. Alec, surveying the belt with great disfavour as 

he put the clasp forward several holes, to Rose's secret dismay, for 

she was proud of her slender figure, and daily rejoiced that she 

wasn't as stout as Luly Miller, a former schoolmate, who vainly 

tried to repress her plumpness. 

 

"It will fall off if it is so loose," she said anxiously, as she stood 

watching him pull her precious belt about. 

 

"Not if you keep taking long breaths to hold it on. That is what I 

want you to do, and when you have filled this out we will go on 

enlarging it till your waist is more like that of Hebe, goddess of 

health, and less like that of a fashion-plate the ugliest thing 

imaginable." 

 

"How it does look!" and Rose gave a glance of scorn at the loose 

belt hanging round her trim little waist. "It will be lost, and then I 

shall feel badly, for it cost ever so much, and is real steel and 

Russia leather. Just smell how nice." 

 

"If it is lost I'll give you a better one. A soft silken sash is much 

fitter for a pretty child like you than a plated harness like this; and 

I've got no end of Italian scarfs and Turkish sashes among my 

traps. Ah! that makes you feel better, doesn't it?" and he pinched 

the cheek that had suddenly dimpled with a smile. 

 

"It is very silly of me, but I can't help liking to know that" here she 

stopped and blushed and held down her head, ashamed to add, 

"you think I am pretty." 

 

Dr. Alec's eyed twinkled, but he said very soberly 


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