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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?

what a handsome plain hand that is. She went to a dame-school 

and learnt a few useful things well; that is better than a smattering 

of half a dozen so-called higher branches, I take the liberty of 

thinking." 

 

"Well, I'm sure I was considered a bright girl at school, and learned 

everything I was taught. Luly and me were the first in all our 

classes, and 'specially praised for our French and music and those 

sort of things," said Rose, rather offended at Uncle Alec's 

criticism. 

 

"I dare say; but if your French grammar was no better than your 

English, I think the praise was not deserved, my dear." 

 

"Why, uncle, we did study English grammar, and I could parse 

beautifully. Miss Power used to have us up to show off when 

people came. I don't see but I talk as right as most girls." 

 

"I dare say you do, but we are all too careless about our English. 

Now, think a minute, and tell me if these expressions are correct 

'Luly and me,' 'those sort of things,' and 'as right as most girls.' " 

 

Rose pulled her pet curl and put up her lip, but had to own that she 

was wrong, and said meekly, after a pause which threatened to be 

sulky 

 

"I suppose I should have said 'Luly and I,' in that case, and 'that sort 

of things' and 'rightly,' though 'correctly' would have been a better 

word, I guess." 

 

"Thank you; and if you will kindly drop 'I guess,' I shall like my 

little Yankee all the better. Now, see here, Rosy, I don't pretend to 

set myself up for a model in anything, and you may come down on 

my grammar, manners or morals as often as you think I'm wrong, 

and I'll thank you. I've been knocking about the world for years, 


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