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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?

imposing of all, a plump blue silk cushion, coquettishly trimmed 

with lace, and pink rose-buds at the corners. 

 

That cushion rather astonished Rose; in fact, the whole table did, 

and she was just thinking, with a sly smile 

 

"Uncle is a dandy, but I never should have guessed it," when he 

opened the door of a large closet, saying, with a careless wave of 

the hand 

 

"Men like plenty of room for their rattle-traps; don't you think that 

ought to satisfy me?" 

 

Rose peeped in and gave a start, though all she saw was what one 

usually finds in closets clothes and boots, boxes and bags. Ah! but 

you see these clothes were small black and white frocks; the row 

of little boots that stood below had never been on Dr. Alec's feet; 

the green bandbox had a gray veil straying out of it, and yes! the 

bag hanging on the door was certainly her own piece-bag, with a 

hole in one corner. She gave a quick look round the room and 

understood now why it had seemed too dainty for a man, why her 

Testament and Prayer Book were on the table by the bed, and what 

those rose-buds meant on the blue cushion. It came upon her in 

one delicious burst that this little paradise was all for her, and, not 

knowing how else to express her gratitude, she caught Dr. Alec 

round the neck, saying impetuously 

 

"O uncle, you are too good to me! I'll do anything you ask me; ride 

wild horses and take freezing baths and eat bad-tasting messes, and 

let my clothes hang on me, to show how much I thank you for this 

dear, sweet, lovely room!" 

 

"You like it, then? But why do you think it is yours, my lass?" 


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