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

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The Mews                         157
home. But happily the weather is very changeable; and besides, there was a good fire burning in the room, which their neighbour with the drunken hus­band had attended to for them; and the tea-things were put out, and the kettle was boiling on the fire.
And with a good fire, and tea and bread ar.d butter, things cannot be said to be miser­able.
Diamond's fa­ther and mother were, notwith­standing, rather miserable, and Diamond began to feel a kind of darkness begin­ning to spread over his own mind. But the same moment he
said to himself,
" This will never do. I can't give in to this. I've been to the back of the north wind. Things go right there, and so I must try to get things to go right here. I've got to fight the miserable things. They shan't make me miserable if I can help it." I do not mean that he thought these very words. They are perhaps too grown-up for him to have thought, but they repre-
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