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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?

 

"I've had five to-day, ma'am," was Rose's very unexpected answer. 

 

"I'm glad to hear it; and what were they, pray?" Rose looked very 

demure as she replied 

 

"Navigation, geography, grammar, arithmetic, and keeping my 

temper." 

 

"Queer lessons, I fancy; and what have you learned from this 

remarkable mixture, I should like to know?" 

 

A naughty sparkle came into Rose's eyes as she answered, with a 

droll look at her uncle 

 

"I can't tell you all, ma'am, but I have collected some useful 

information about China, which you may like, especially the teas. 

The best are Lapsing Souchong, Assam Pekoe, rare Ankoe, 

Flowery Pekoe, Howqua's mixture, Scented Caper, Padral tea, 

black Congou, and green Twankey. Shanghai is on the Woosung 

River. Hong Kong means 'Island of Sweet waters.' Singapore is 

'Lion's Town.' 'Chops' are the boats they live in; and they drink tea 

out of little saucers. Principal productions are porcelain, tea, 

cinnamon, shawls, tin, tamarinds and opium. They have beautiful 

temples and queer gods; and in Canton is the Dwelling of the Holy 

Pigs, fourteen of them, very big, and all blind." 

 

The effect of this remarkable burst was immense, especially the 

fact last mentioned. It entirely took the wind out of Aunt Jane's 

sails; it was so sudden, so varied and unexpected, that she had not 

a word to say. The glasses remained fixed full upon Rose for a 

moment, and then, with a hasty "Oh, indeed!" the excellent lady 

bundled into her carriage and drove away, somewhat bewildered 

and very much disturbed. 

 

She would have been more so if she had seen her reprehensible 


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