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RIMROSE," asked Eustace, pinching her ear, "how do
you like my little Pandora? Don't you think her the
exact picture of yourself? But you would not have
hesitated half so long about opening the box."
"Then I should have been well punished for my
naughtiness," retorted Primrose, smartly; "for the
first thing to pop out, after the lid was lifted,
would have been Mr. Eustace Bright, in the shape of a
"Cousin Eustace," said Sweet Fern, "did the box hold
all the trouble that has ever come into the world?"
"Every mite of it!" answered Eustace. "This very
snow-storm, which has spoiled my skating, was packed up
"And how big was the box?" asked Sweet Fern.
"Why, perhaps three feet long," said Eustace, "two feet
wide, and two feet and a half high."
 "Ah," said the child, "you are making fun of me, Cousin
Eustace! I know there is not trouble enough in the
world to fill such a great box as that. As for the
snow-storm, it is no trouble at all, but a pleasure; so
it could not have been in the box."
"Hear the child!" cried Primrose, with an air of
superiority. "How little he knows about the troubles of
this world! Poor fellow! He will be wiser when he has
seen as much of life as I have."
So saying, she began to skip the rope.
Meantime, the day was drawing towards its close. Out of
doors the scene certainly looked dreary. There was a
gray drift, far and wide, through the gathering
twilight; the earth was as pathless as the air; and the
bank of snow over the steps of the porch proved that
nobody had entered or gone out for a good many hours
past. Had there been only one child at the window of
Tanglewood, gazing at this wintry prospect, it would
perhaps have made him sad. But half a dozen children
together, though they cannot quite turn the world into
a paradise, may defy old Winter and all his storms to
put them out of spirits. Eustace Bright, moreover, on
the spur of the moment, invented several new kinds of
play, which kept them all in a roar of merriment till
bedtime, and served for the next stormy day besides.