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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?

house-keeping, and, far away, the white-winged gulls were dipping 

and diving in the sea, where ships, like larger birds, went sailing to 

and fro. 

 

"Oh, Phebe, it's such a lovely day, I do wish your fine secret was 

going to happen right away! I feel just like having a good time; 

don't you?" said Rose, waving her arms as if she was going to fly. 

 

"I often feel that way, but I have to wait for my good times, and 

don't stop working to wish for 'em. There, now you can finish as 

soon as the dust settles; I must go do my stairs," and Phebe trudged 

away with the broom, singing as she went. 

 

Rose leaned where she was, and fell to thinking how many good 

times she had had lately, for the gardening had prospered finely, 

and she was learning to swim and row, and there were drives and 

walks, and quiet hours of reading and talk with Uncle Alec, and, 

best of all, the old pain and ennui seldom troubled her now. She 

could work and play all day, sleep sweetly all night, and enjoy life 

with the zest of a healthy, happy child. She was far from being as 

strong and hearty as Phebe, but she was getting on; the once pale 

cheeks had colour in them now, the hands were growing plump 

and brown, and the belt was not much too loose. No one talked to 

her about her health, and she forgot that she had "no constitution." 

She took no medicine but Dr. Alec's three great remedies, and they 

seemed to suit her excellently. Aunt Plenty said it was the pills; 

but, as no second batch had ever followed the first, I think the old 

lady was mistaken. 


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