5o At the Back of the North Wind
"Oh! please, North Wind," he cried, "won't you help that little girl?"
"No, Diamond; I mustn't leave my work." " But why shouldn't you be kind to her?" " I am kind to her: I am sweeping the wicked smells
" But you're kinder to me, dear North
Wind. Why shouldn't you be as kind to her as you are to me?"
" There are reasons, Diamond. Everybody can't be done to all the same. Everybody is not ready for the same thing."
"But I don't see why I should be kinder used than she."
"Do you think nothing's to be done but what you can see, Diamond, you silly! It's all right. Of course you can help her if you like. You've got nothing particular to do at this moment; I have."
"Oh! do let me help her, then. But you won't be able to wait, perhaps?"