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

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CHAPTER XXIX
Ruby
T HE children were delighted with the story, and made many amusing remarks upon it. Mr. Raymond promised to search his brain for another, and when he had found one promised to bring it to them. Diamond having taken leave of Nanny, and promised to go and see her again soon, went away with him.
Now Mr. Raymond had been turning over in his mind what he could do both for Diamond and for Nanny. He had therefore made some acquaintance with Diamond's father, and had been greatly pleased with him. But he had come to the resolution, before he did anything so good as he would like to do for them, to put them all to a certain test. So as they walked away together, he began to talk with Diamond as follows:—
" Nanny must leave the hospital soon, Diamond."
"I'm glad of that, sir."
" Why? Don't you think it's a nice place?"
"Yes, very. But it's better to be well and doing something, you know, even if it's not quite so com­fortable."
"But they can't keep Nanny so long as they would
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