Uncle, I have discovered what girls are made for, said Rose, the day after the reconciliation of Archie and the Prince.
Well, my dear, what is it? asked Dr. Alec, who was planking the deck, as he called his daily promenade up and down the hall.
To take care of boys, answered Rose, quite beaming with satisfaction as she spoke. Phebe laughed when I told her, and said she thought girls had better learn to take care of themselves first. But thats because she hasnt got seven boy-cousins as I have.
She is right, nevertheless, Rosy, and so are you, for the two things go together, and in helping seven lads you are unconsciously doing much to improve one lass, said Dr. Alec, stopping to nod and smile at the bright-faced figure resting on the old bamboo chair, after a lively game of battledore and shuttlecock, in place of a run which a storm prevented.
Am I? Im glad of that; but really, uncle, I do feel as if I must take care of the boys, for they come to me in all sorts of troubles, and ask advice, and I like it so much. Only I dont always know what to do, and Im going to consult you privately and then surprise them with my wisdom.
All right, my dear; whats the first worry? I see you have something on your little mind, so come and tell uncle.
Rose put her arm in his, and, pacing to and fro, told him all about Charlie, asking what she could do to keep him straight, and be a real sister to him.
Could you make up your mind to go and stay with Aunt Clara a month? asked the Doctor, when she ended.
Yes, sir; but I shouldnt like it. Do you really want me to go?
The best cure for Charlie is a daily dose of Rose water, or Rose and water, or Rose and water; will you go and see that he takes it? laughed Dr. Alec.
You mean that if Im there and try to make it pleasant, he will stay at home and keep out of mischief?
But could I make it pleasant? He would want the boys.
No danger but hed have the boys, for they swarm after you like bees after their queen. Havent you found that out?
Aunt Plen often says they never used to be here half so much before I came, but I never thought I made the difference, it seemed so natural to have them round.
Little modesty doesnt know what a magnet she is; but she will find it out some day, and the Doctor softly stroked the cheek that had grown rosy with pleasure at the thought of being so much loved. Now, you see, if I move the magnet to Aunt Claras, the lads will go there as sure as iron to steel, and Charlie will be so happy at home he wont care for these mischievous mates of his I hope, added the Doctor, well knowing how hard it was to wean a seventeen-year-old boy from his first taste of what is called seeing life, which, alas! often ends in seeing death.
Ill go, uncle, right away! Aunt Clara is always asking me, and will be glad to get me. I shall have to dress and dine late, and see lots of company, and be very fashionable, but Ill try not to let it hurt me; and if I get in a puzzle or worried about anything I can run to you, answered Rose, good-will conquering timidity.
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