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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?

 

 

 

Chapter 8 - And what came of it

 

 

"Uncle, could you lend me a ninepence? I'll return it as soon as I 

get my pocket-money," said Rose, coming into the library in a 

great hurry that evening. 

 

"I think I could, and I won't charge any interest for it, so you need 

not be in any hurry to repay me. Come back here and help me 

settle these books if you have nothing pleasanter to do," answered 

Dr. Alec, handing out the money with that readiness which is so 

delightful when we ask small loans. 

 

"I'll come in a minute; I've been longing to fix my books, but didn't 

dare to touch them, because you always shake your head when I 

read." 

 

"I shall shake my head when you write, if you don't do it better 

than you did in making out this catalogue." 

 

"I know it's bad, but I was in a hurry when I did it, and I am in one 

now." And away went Rose, glad to escape a lecture. 

 

But she got it when she came back, for Uncle Alec was still 

knitting his brows over the list of books, and sternly demanded, 

pointing to a tipsy-looking title staggering down the page 

 

"Is that meant for 'Pulverized Bones,' ma'am?" 

 

"No, sir; it's 'Paradise Lost.' " 

 

"Well, I'm glad to know it, for I began to think you were planning 

to study surgery or farming. And what is this, if you please? 

'Babies' Aprons' is all I can make of it." 

 

Rose looked hard at the scrawl, and presently announced, with an 

air of superior wisdom 

 

"Oh, that's 'Bacon's Essays.' " 

 

"Miss Power did not teach anything so old-fashioned as writing, I 

see. Now look at this memorandum Aunt Plenty gave me, and see 


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