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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?

neatness and despatch, while Rose watched him, wondering what 

was going to happen. Presently, out from the wrappings came a 

teapot, which caused her to clasp her hands with delight, for it was 

made in the likeness of a plump little Chinaman. His hat was the 

cover, his queue the handle, and his pipe the nose. It stood upon 

feet in shoes turned up at the toes, and the smile on the fat, sleepy 

face was so like that on Fun's when he displayed the teapot, that 

Rose couldn't help laughing, which pleased him much. 

 

Two pretty cups with covers, and a fine scarlet tray completed the 

set, and made one long to have a "dish of tea," even in Chinese 

style, without cream or sugar. 

 

When he had arranged them on a little table before her, Fun 

signified in pantomime that they were hers, from her uncle. She 

returned her thanks in the same way, whereupon he returned to his 

tea-chest, and, having no other means of communication, they sat 

smiling and nodding at one another in an absurd sort of way till a 

new idea seemed to strike Fun. Tumbling off his seat, he waddled 

away as fast as his petticoats permitted, leaving Rose hoping that 

he had not gone to get a roasted rat, a stewed puppy, or any other 

foreign mess which civility would oblige her to eat. 

 

While she waited for her funny new friend, she improved her mind 

in a way that would have charmed Aunt Jane. The gentlemen were 

talking over all sorts of things, and she listened attentively, storing 

up much of what she heard, for she had an excellent memory, and 

longed to distinguish herself by being able to produce some useful 


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