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

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The Drunken Cabman            189
went on listening, and heard Diamond saying to the baby something like this, for he thought the cabman was asleep:
"Poor daddy! Baby's daddy takes too much beer and gin, and that makes him somebody else, and not his own self
at all. Baby's daddy would never hit baby's mammy if he didn't take too much beer. He's very fond of baby's mammy, and works from morning to night to get her break­fast and dinner and supper, only at night he for­gets, and pays the money away for beer. And
they put nasty
stuff in the beer, I've heard my daddy say, that drives all the good out, and lets all the bad in. Daddy says when a man takes to drink there's a thirsty devil creeps into his inside, because he knows he will always get enough there. And the devil is always crying out for more drink, and that makes the man thirsty, and so he drinks more and more, till he kills himself with it.
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