At the Back of the North Wind Illustrated - online book

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

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Who Met Diamond at Sandwich
A S they flew, so fast they went that the sea slid away from under them like a great web of shot silk, blue shot with grey, and green shot with purple. They went so fast that the stars themselves appeared to sail away past them overhead, " like golden boats ", on a blue sea turned upside down. And they went so fast that Diamond himself went the other way as fast—I mean he went fast asleep in North Wind's arms.
When he woke, a face was bending over him; but it was not North Wind's; it was his mother's. He put out his arms to her, and she clasped him to her bosom and burst out crying. Diamond kissed her again and again to make her stop. Perhaps kissing is the best thing for crying, but it will not always stop it.
" What is the matter, mother?" he said.
" Oh, Diamond, my darling! you have been so ill!" she sobbed.
" No, mother dear. I've only been at the back of the north wind," returned Diamond.
" I thought you were dead," said his mother.
But that moment the doctor came in.
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