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

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CHAPTER XXXI
The North Wind Doth Blow
I T was a great delight to Diamond when at length Nanny was well enough to leave the hospital and go home to their house. She was not very strong yet, but Diamond's mother was very considerate of her, and took care that she should have nothing to do she was not quite fit for. If Nanny had been taken straight from the street, it is very probable she would not have been so pleasant in a decent household, or so easy to teach; but after the refining influences of her illness and the kind treatment she had had in the hospital, she moved about the house just like some rather sad pleasure haunting the mind. As she got better, and the colour came back to her cheeks, her step grew lighter and quicker, her smile shone out more readily, and it became certain that she would soon be a treasure of help. It was great fun to see Diamond teaching her how to hold the baby, and wash and dress him, and often they laughed together over her awkward­ness. But she had not many such lessons before she was able to perform those duties quite as well as Dia­mond himself.
Things however did not go well with Joseph from the very arrival of Ruby. It almost seemed as if the
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