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

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The Summer-House               61
coachman took his foot out of the stirrup, left his hold of the mane and bridle, came across to his boy, lifted him up, and setting him on the horse's back, told him to sit up like a man. He then led away both Diamonds to-
The boy atop felt not a little tremulous as the great muscles that lifted the legs of the horse knotted and re­laxed against his legs, and he cowered towards the           withers,
grasping with his hands the bit of mane worn short by the collar; but when
his father looked
back at him, saying once more, "Sit up, Diamond," he let the mane go and sat up, notwithstanding that the horse, thinking, I suppose, that his master had said to him, " Come up, Diamond," stepped out faster. For both the Diamonds were just grandly obedient. And Diamond soon found that, as he was obedient to his father, so the horse was obedient to him. For he had not ridden far before he found courage to reach
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