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

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The Drunken Cabman
A FEW nights after this, Diamond woke up sud­denly, believing he heard the North Wind thundering along. But it was something quite different. South Wind was moaning round the chim­neys, to be sure, for she was not very happy that night, but it was not her voice that had wakened Diamond. Her voice would only have lulled him the derper asleep. It was a loud, angry voice, now growling liKe that of a beast, now raving like that of a madman; and when Diamond came a little wider awake, he knew that it was the voice of the drunken cabman, the wall of whose room was at the head of his bed. It was anything but plea­sant to hear, but he could not help hearing it. At length there came a cry from the woman, and then a scream from the baby. Thereupon Diamond thought it time that somebody did something, and as himself was the only somebody at hand, he must go and see whether he could not do the something. So he got up and put on part of his clothes, and went down the stair, for the cabman's room did not open upon their stair, and he had to go out into the yard, and in at the next door. This, fortunately, the cabman, being drunk, had left open.
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