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A Complete Illustrated children's fantasy book by George MacDonald.

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36 At the Back of the North Wind
For a week his mother watched him very carefully— going- into the loft several times a night,—as often, in fact, as she woke. Every time she found him fast asleep.
All that week it was hard weather. The grass showed
white in the morn-
ing with the hoar­frost which clung like tiny comfits to every blade. And as Diamond's shoes were nol good, and his mother had not quite saved up enough money to get him the new pair she so much wanted for him, she would not let him run out. He played all his games over and over indoors, es-
pecially that of driving two chairs harnessed to the baby's cradle; and if they did not go very fast, they went as fast as could be expected of the best chairs in the world, although one of them had only three legs, and the other only half a back.
At length his mother brought home his new shoes, and no sooner did she find they fitted him than she
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