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

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210 At the Back of the North Wind
So I suppose nobody did wake him. He was a rather cross little boy, I daresay, when woke up. And when he did wake of himself, and saw the mischief the cow had done to the corn, instead of running home to his mother, he ran away into the wood and lost himself. Don't you think that's very likely, mother?"
"I shouldn't wonder," she answered.
"So you see he was naughty; for even when he lost himself he did not want to go home. Any of the creatures would have shown him the way if he had asked it—all but the snake. He followed the snake, you know, and he took him farther away. I suppose it was a young one of the same serpent that tempted Adam and Eve. Father was telling us about it last Sunday, you remember."
" Bless the child!" said his mother to herself; and then added aloud, finding that Diamond did not go on, "Well, what next?"
" I don't know, mother. I'm sure there's a great deal more, but what it is I can't say. I only know that he killed the snake. I suppose that's what he had a drum­stick for. He couldn't do it with his horn."
" But surely you're not such a silly as to take it all for true, Diamond?"
'•' I think it must be. It looks true. That killing of the snake looks true. It's what Tve got to do so often."
His mother looked uneasy. Diamond smiled full in her face, and added—
"When baby cries and won't be happy, and when father and you talk about your troubles, I mean."
This did little to reassure his mother; and lest my
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