And what came of it
Uncle, could you lend me a ninepence? Ill return it as soon as I get my pocket-money, said Rose, coming into the library in a great hurry that evening.
I think I could, and I wont charge any interest for it, so you need not be in any hurry to repay me. Come back here and help me settle these books if you have nothing pleasanter to do, answered Dr. Alec, handing out the money with that readiness which is so delightful when we ask small loans.
Ill come in a minute; Ive been longing to fix my books, but didnt dare to touch them, because you always shake your head when I read.
I shall shake my head when you write, if you dont do it better than you did in making out this catalogue.
I know its bad, but I was in a hurry when I did it, and I am in one now. And away went Rose, glad to escape a lecture.
But she got it when she came back, for Uncle Alec was still knitting his brows over the list of books, and sternly demanded, pointing to a tipsy-looking title staggering down the page
Is that meant for Pulverized Bones, maam?
No, sir; its Paradise Lost.
Well, Im glad to know it, for I began to think you were planning to study surgery or farming. And what is this, if you please? Babies Aprons is all I can make of it.
Rose looked hard at the scrawl, and presently announced, with an air of superior wisdom
Oh, thats Bacons Essays.
Miss Power did not teach anything so old-fashioned as writing, I see. Now look at this memorandum Aunt Plenty gave me, and see what a handsome plain hand that is. She went to a dame-school and learnt a few useful things well; that is better than a smattering of half a dozen so-called higher branches, I take the liberty of thinking.
Well, Im sure I was considered a bright girl at school, and learned everything I was taught. Luly and me were the first in all our classes, and specially praised for our French and music and those sort of things, said Rose, rather offended at Uncle Alecs criticism.
I dare say; but if your French grammar was no better than your English, I think the praise was not deserved, my dear.
Why, uncle, we did study English grammar, and I could parse beautifully. Miss Power used to have us up to show off when people came. I dont see but I talk as right as most girls.
I dare say you do, but we are all too careless about our English. Now, think a minute, and tell me if these expressions are correctLuly and me, those sort of things, and as right as most girls.
Rose pulled her pet curl and put up her lip, but had to own that she was wrong, and said meekly, after a pause which threatened to be sulky
I suppose I should have said Luly and I, in that case, and that sort of things and rightly, though correctly would have been a better word, I guess.
Thank you; and if you will kindly drop I guess, I shall like my little Yankee all the better. Now, see here, Rosy, I dont pretend to set myself up for a model in anything, and you may come down on my grammar, manners or morals as often as you think Im wrong, and Ill thank you. Ive been knocking about the
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