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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?

 

"Why did you?" 

 

"Bad example for the boys." 

 

"That was very good of you, uncle! Was it hard?" 

 

"I'm ashamed to say it was. But as a wise old fellow once said, 'It is 

necessary to do right; it is not necessary to be happy.' " 

 

Rose pondered over the saying as if it pleased her, and then said, 

with a clear, bright look 

 

"A real sacrifice is giving up something you want or enjoy very 

much, isn't it?" 

 

"Yes." 

 

"Doing it one's own self because one loves another person very 

much and wants her to be happy?" 

 

"Yes." 

 

"And doing it pleasantly, and being glad about it, and not minding 

the praise if it doesn't come?" 

 

"Yes, dear, that is the true spirit of self-sacrifice; you seem to 

understand it, and I dare say you will have many chances in your 

life to try the real thing. I hope they won't be very hard ones." 

 

"I think they will," began Rose, and there stopped short. 

 

"Well, make one now, and go to sleep, or my girl will be ill 

to-morrow, and then the aunts will say camping out was bad for 

her." 

 

"I'll go good night!" and throwing him a kiss, the little ghost 

vanished, leaving Uncle Alec to pace the shore and think about 

some of the unsuspected sacrifices that had made him what he 

was. 


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