Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

Rose in Bloom

by Louisa May Alcott

Rose in Bloom

by Louisa May Alcott

A Sequel to “Eight Cousins”


As authors may be supposed to know better than anyone else what

they intended to do when writing a book, I beg leave to say that

there is no moral to this story. Rose is not designed for a model

girl, and the Sequel was simply written in fulfillment of a promise,

hoping to afford some amusement, and perhaps here and there a

helpful hint, to other roses getting ready to bloom.

L. M. Alcott

September 1876


Chapter 1. Coming Home

Chapter 2. Old Friends with New Faces

Chapter 3. Miss Campbell

Chapter 4. Thorns Among the Roses

Chapter 5. Prince Charming

Chapter 6. Polishing Mac

Chapter 7. Phebe

Chapter 8. Breakers Ahead

Chapter 9. New Year’s Calls

Chapter 10. The Sad and Sober Part

Chapter 11. Small Temptations

Chapter 12. At Kitty’s Ball

Chapter 13. Both Sides

Chapter 14. Aunt Clara’s Plan

Chapter 15. Alas for Charlie!

Chapter 16. Good Works

Chapter 17. Among the Haycocks

Chapter 18. Which Was It?

Chapter 19. Behind the Fountain

Chapter 20. What Mac Did

Chapter 21. How Phebe Earned Her Welcome

Chapter 22. Short and Sweet


Three young men stood together on a wharf one bright October

day awaiting the arrival of an ocean steamer with an impatience

which found a vent in lively skirmishes with a small lad, who

pervaded the premises like a will-o’-the-wisp and afforded much

amusement to the other groups assembled there.

“They are the Campbells, waiting for their cousin, who has been

abroad several years with her uncle, the doctor,” whispered one

lady to another as the handsomest of the young men touched his

hat to her as he passed, lugging the boy, whom he had just rescued

from a little expedition down among the piles.

“Which is that?” asked the stranger.

“Prince Charlie, as he’s called a fine fellow, the most promising of

the seven, but a little fast, people say,” answered the first speaker

with a shake of the head.

“Are the others his brothers??

“No, cousins. The elder is Archie, a most exemplary young man.

He has just gone into business with the merchant uncle and bids

fair to be an honor to his family. The other, with the eyeglasses

and no gloves, is Mac, the odd one, just out of college.?

“And the boy??

“Oh, he is Jamie, the youngest brother of Archibald, and the pet of

the whole family. Mercy on us he’ll be in if they don’t hold on to


The ladies’ chat came to a sudden end just there, for by the time

Jamie had been fished out of a hogshead, the steamer hove in sight

and everything else was forgotten. As it swung slowly around to

enter the dock, a boyish voice shouted, “There she is! I see her and

Uncle and Phebe! Hooray for Cousin Rose!” And three small

cheers were given with a will by Jamie as he stood on a post

waving his arms like a windmill while his brother held onto the

tail of his jacket.

Yes, there they were Uncle Alec swinging his hat like a boy, with

Phebe smiling and nodding on one side and Rose kissing both

hands delightedly on the other as she recognized familiar faces and

heard familiar voices welcoming her home.

“Bless her dear heart, she’s bonnier than ever! Looks like a

Madonna doesn’t she? with that blue cloak round her, and her

bright hair flying in the wind!” said Charlie excitedly as they

watched the group upon the deck with eager eyes.

“Madonnas don’t wear hats like that. Rose hasn’t changed much,

but Phebe has. Why, she’s a regular beauty!” answered Archie,

staring with all his might at the dark-eyed young woman with the

brilliant color and glossy black braids shining in the sun.

“Dear old Uncle! Doesn’t it seem good to have him back?” was all

Mac said, but he was not looking at “dear old uncle” as he made

the fervent remark, for he saw only the slender blond girl nearby

and stretched out his hands to meet hers, forgetful of the green

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