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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?

with his beady black eyes till she did not know where to look. 

 

Mr. Whang Lo was an elderly gentleman in American costume, 

with his pig-tail neatly wound round his head. He spoke English, 

and was talking busily with Uncle Mac in the most commonplace 

way so Rose considered him a failure. But Fun See was 

delightfully Chinese from his junk-like shoes to the button on his 

pagoda hat; for he had got himself up in style, and was a mass of 

silk jackets and slouchy trousers. He was short and fat, and 

waddled comically; his eyes were very "slanting," as Rose said; his 

queue was long, so were his nails; his yellow face was plump and 

shiny, and he was altogether a highly satisfactory Chinaman. 

 

Uncle Alec told her that Fun See had come out to be educated and 

could only speak a little pigeon English; so she must be kind to the 

poor fellow, for he was only a lad, though he looked nearly as old 

as Mr. Whang Lo. Rose said she would be kind; but had not the 

least idea how to entertain the queer guest, who looked as if he had 

walked out of one of the rice-paper landscapes on the wall, and sat 

nodding at her so like a toy Mandarin that she could hardly keep 

sober. 

 

In the midst of her polite perplexity, Uncle Mac saw the two young 

people gazing wistfully at one another, and seemed to enjoy the 

joke of this making acquaintance under difficulties. Taking a box 

from his table, he gave it to Fun See, with an order that seemed to 

please him very much. 

 

Descending from his perch, he fell to unpacking it with great 


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