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48
THE SNOW-MAN
came on when he was a house-dog and used to lie in front of the stove. ' The sun will soon teach you to run ! I saw that last winter with your predecessor, and farther back still with his predecessors! They have all run away!'
' I don't understand you, my friend,' said the Snow­man. ' That thing up there is to teach me to run?' He meant the moon. ' Well, it certainly did run just now, for I saw it quite plainly over there, and now here it is on this side.'
' You know nothing at all about it,' said the yard-dog. ' Why, you have only just been made. The thing you see there is the moon; the other thing you saw going down the other side was the sun. He will come up again to­morrow morning, and will soon teach you how to run away down the gutter. The weather is going to change; I feel it already by the pain in my left hind-leg; the weather is certainly going to change.'
' I can't understand him,'said the Snow-man; ' but I have an idea that he is speaking of something unpleasant. That thing that glares so, and then disappears, the sun, as he calls it, is not my friend. I know that by instinct.'
' Bow-wow!' barked the yard-dog, and walked three times round himself, and then crept into his kennel to sleep. The weather really did change. Towards morning a dense damp fog lay over the whole neighbourhood; later on came an icy wind, which sent the frost packing. But when the sun rose, it was a glorious sight. The trees and shrubs were covered with rime, and looked like a wood of coral, and every branch was thick with long white blossoms. The most delicate twigs, which are lost among the foliage in summer-time, came now into pro­minence, and it was like a spider's web of glistening white. The lady-birches waved in the wind ; and when the sun shone, everything glittered and sparkled as if it were sprinkled with diamond dust, and great diamonds were lying on the snowy carpet.
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