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

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The Cathedral
I MUST not go on describing what cannot be de­scribed, for nothing is more wearisome. Before they reached the sea, Diamond felt North Wind's hair beginning to fall about him.
" Is the storm over, North Wind?" he called out.
" No, Diamond. I am only waiting a moment to set you down. You would not like to see the ship sunk, and I am going to give you a place to stop in till I come back for you."
"Oh! thank you," said Diamond. "I shall be sorry to leave you, North Wind, but I would rather not see the ship go down. And I'm afraid the poor people will cry, and I should hear them. Oh, dear!"
"There are a good many passengers on board; and to tell the truth, Diamond, I don't care about your hearing the cry you speak of. I am afraid you would not get it out of your little head again for a long time."
"But how can you bear it then, North Wind? For I am sure you are kind. I shall never doubt that again."
"I will tell you how I am able to bear it, Diamond: I am always hearing, through every noise, through all
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