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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?

state of her belt when she found a pile of rainbow-coloured sashes; 

and when she came to some distractingly pretty bottles of attar of 

rose, she felt that they almost atoned for the great sin of thinking 

Phebe the finer girl of the two. 

 

Dr. Alec meanwhile had apparently taken Aunt Plenty at her word, 

and was turning the house upside down. A general revolution was 

evidently going on in the green-room, for the dark damask curtains 

were seen bundling away in Phebe's arms; the air-tight stove 

retiring to the cellar on Ben's shoulder; and the great bedstead 

going up garret in a fragmentary state, escorted by three bearers. 

Aunt Plenty was constantly on the trot among her store-rooms, 

camphor-chests, and linen-closets, looking as if the new order of 

things both amazed and amused her. 

 

Half the peculiar performances of Dr. Alec cannot be revealed; but 

as Rose glanced up from her box now and then she caught 

glimpses of him striding by, bearing a bamboo chair, a pair of 

ancient andirons, a queer Japanese screen, a rug or two, and finally 

a large bathing-pan upon his head. 

 

"What a curious room it will be," she said, as she sat resting and 

refreshing herself with "Lumps of Delight," all the way from 

Cairo. 

 

"I fancy you will like it, deary," answered Aunt Peace, looking up 

with a smile from some pretty trifle she was making with blue silk 

and white muslin. 

 

Rose did not see the smile, for just at that moment her uncle 

paused at the door, and she sprang up to dance before him, saying, 

with a face full of childish happiness 

 


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