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

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Who Met Diamond               137
and nobody knows anything about it but the man him­self, he must be a great and a good man indeed, such as few of us have known, if the pain inside him does not make him behave so as to cause all about him to be more or less uncomfortable. But when a man brings money-troubles on himself by making haste to be rich, then most of the people he has to do with must suffer in the same way with himself. The elm-tree which North Wind blew down that very night, as if small and great trials were to be gathered in one heap, crushed Miss Coleman's pretty summer-house: just so the fall of Mr. Coleman crushed the little family that lived over his coach-house and stable. Before Diamond was well enough to be taken home, there was no home for him to go to. Mr. Cole­man—or his creditors, for I do not know the particulars —had sold house, carriage, horses, furniture, and every­thing. He and his wife and daughter and Mrs. Crump had gone to live in a small house in Hoxton, where he
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