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'When Auntie Rose turned fifty, she suddenly picked up a new skill - crocheting lace. At first we were at a loss as to the origin of this sudden passion, but Teddy, never reticent, asked her outright at dinner one evening why it was she began to spend almost every evening in a chair by the fire, her needles clicking away furiously, for two or three hours.'
' "Teddy", began Mama gently - "It's all right, Maude," interposed Auntie with a smile. "It so happens that I was calling on Miss Amanda Byers," she began, "and noticed a new vase on one of the small tables in her sitting room. Underneath the vase was the most delightful oval of lace. I had to ask her about it, and she told me in strictest confidence - so this is now a great secret among us as well - that she had been taking lessons in lace-making from the wife of old Tom, her man of all work....