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

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Nanny's Dream                    319
little man wasn't there. I opened my eyes at last, and saw the nurse. I had cried out in my sleep, and she had come and waked me. But, Diamond, for all it was only a dream, I cannot help being ashamed of myself yet for opening the lady's box of bees."
"You wouldn't do it again—would you—if she were to take you back?" said Diamond.
" No. I don't think anything would ever make me do it again. But where's the good? I shall never have the chance."
" I don't know that," said Diamond.
" You silly baby! It was only a dream," said Nanny.
" I know that, Nanny, dear. But how can you tell you mayn't dream again?"
"That's not a bit likely."
" I don't know that," said Diamond.
"You're always saying that," said Nanny. " I don't like it."
"Then I won't say it again—if I don't forget," said Diamond. " But it was such a beautiful dream !—wasn't it, Nanny? What a pity you opened that door and let the bees out! You might have had such a long dream, and such nice talks with the moon-lady! Do try to go again, Nanny. I do so want to hear more."
But now the nurse came and told him it was time to go; and Diamond went, saying to himself, "I can't help thinking that North Wind had something to do with that dream. It would be tiresome to lie there all day and night too—without dreaming. Perhaps if she hadn't done that, the moon might have carried her to the back of the north wind—who knows?"
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