Roses sprain proved to be a serious one, owing to neglect, and Dr. Alec ordered her to lie on the sofa for a fortnight at least; whereat she groaned dismally, but dared not openly complain, lest the boys turn upon her with some of the wise little sermons on patience which she had delivered for their benefit.
It was Macs turn now, and honourably did he repay his debt; for, as school was still forbidden, he had plenty of leisure, and devoted most of it to Rose. He took many steps for her, and even allowed her to teach him to knit, after assuring himself that many a brave Scotchman knew how to click the pricks. She was obliged to take a solemn vow of secrecy, however, before he would consent; for, though he did not mind being called Giglamps, Granny was more than his boyish soul could bear, and at the approach of any of the Clan his knitting vanished as if by magic, which frequent chucking out of sight did not improve the stripe he was doing for Roses new afghan.
She was busy with this pretty work one bright October afternoon, all nicely established on her sofa in the upper hall, while Jamie and Pokey (lent for her amusement) were keeping house in a corner, with Comet and Roses old doll for their childerns.
Presently, Phebe appeared with a card. Rose read it, made a grimace, then laughed and said
Ill see Miss Blish, and immediately put on her company face, pulled out her locket, and settled her curls.
You dear thing, how do you do? Ive been trying to call every day since you got back, but I have so many engagements, I really couldnt manage it till to-day. So glad you are alone, for mamma said I could sit awhile, and I brought my lace-work to show you, for its perfectly lovely. cried Miss Blish, greeting Rose with a kiss, which was not very warmly returned, though Rose politely thanked her for coming, and bid Phebe roll up the easy chair.
How nice to have a maid! said Ariadne, as she settled herself with much commotion. Still, dear, you must be very lonely, and feel the need of a bosom friend.
I have my cousins, began Rose, with dignity, for her visitors patronising manner ruffled her temper.
Gracious, child! you dont make friends of those great boys, do you? Mamma says she really doesnt think its proper for you to be with them so much.
They are like brothers, and my aunts do think its proper, replied Rose, rather sharply, for it struck her that this was none of Miss Blishs business.
I was merely going to say I should be glad to have you for my bosom friend, for Hatty Mason and I have had an awful quarrel, and dont speak. She is too mean to live, so I gave her up. Just think, she never paid back one of the caramels Ive given her, and never invited me to her party. I could have forgiven the caramels, but to be left out in that rude way was more than I could bear, and I told her never to look at me again as long as she lived.
You are very kind, but I dont think I want a bosom friend, thank you, said Rose, as Ariadne stopped to bridle and shake her flaxen head over the delinquent Hatty Mason.
Now, in her heart Miss Blish thought Rose a stuck-up puss, but the other girls wanted to know her and couldnt, the old house was a charming place to visit, the lads were considered fine fellows, and the Campbells are one of our first families, mamma said. So Ariadne concealed her vexation at Roses coolness, and changed the subject as fast as possible.
Studying French, I see; who is your teacher? she asked, flitting over the leaves of Paul and Virginia, that lay on the table.
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