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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?

 

"Rose, are you vain?" 

 

"I'm afraid I am," answered a very meek voice from behind the veil 

of hair that hid the red face. 

 

"That is a sad fault." And he sighed as if grieved at the confession. 

 

"I know it is, and I try not to be; but people praise me, and I can't 

help liking it, for I really don't think I am repulsive." 

 

The last word and the funny tone in which it was uttered were too 

much for Dr. Alec, and he laughed in spite of himself, to Rose's 

great relief. 

 

"I quite agree with you; and in order that you may be still less 

repulsive, I want you to grow as fine a girl as Phebe." 

 

"Phebe!" and Rose looked so amazed that her uncle nearly went 

off again. 

 

"Yes, Phebe; for she has what you need health. If you dear little 

girls would only learn what real beauty is, and not pinch and starve 

and bleach yourselves out so, you'd save an immense deal of time 

and money and pain. A happy soul in a healthy body makes the 

best sort of beauty for man or woman. Do you understand that, my 

dear?" 

 

"Yes, sir," answered Rose, much taken down by this comparison 

with the girl from the poor-house. It nettled her sadly, and she 

showed that it did by saying quickly 

 

"I suppose you would like to have me sweep and scrub, and wear 

an old brown dress, and go round with my sleeves rolled up, as 

Phebe does?" 

 

"I should very much, if you could work as well as she does, and 

show as strong a pair of arms as she can. I haven't seen a prettier 

picture for some time than she made of herself this morning, up to 

the elbows in suds, singing like a blackbird whilst she scrubbed on 


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