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

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154 At the Back of the North Wind
feel inclined all at once to confess that his own old horse could have sunk so low.
"Well," said his friend, "all I say is—There's a animal for you, as strong as a church; an' '11 go like a train, leastways a parly," he added, correcting him­self.
But the coach­man had a lump in his throat and tears in his eyes. For the old horse, hearing his voice, had turned his long neck, and when his old friend went up to him and laid his hand on his side, he whinnied for joy, and laid his big head on his master's breast. This settled the matter. The coachman's arms were round the horse's neck in a moment, and he fairly broke down and cried. The cab-master had never been so fond of a horse himself as to hug him like that, but he saw in a moment how it was. And he must have been a good-hearted fellow, for I never heard of such an idea coming into the head of any other man with a horse to sell: instead of putting something on to the price
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