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

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The North Wind Doth Blow 321
red beast had brought ill luck with him. The fares were fewer, and the pay less. Ruby's services did in­deed make the week's income at first a little beyond what it used to be, but then there were two more to feed. After the first month he fell lame, and for the whole of the
next, Joseph dared not at­tempt to work him. I cannot say that he never grumbled, for his own health was far from what it had been; but I can say that he tried to do his best. During all that month, they lived on very short commons in­deed, seldom tasting meat ex-
cept on Sundays, and poor old Diamond, who worked hardest of all, not even then—so that at the end of it he was as thin as a clothes-horse, while Ruby was as plump and sleek as a bishop's cob.
Nor was it much better after Ruby was able to work again, for it was a season of great depression in busi­ness, and that is very soon felt amongst the cabmen.
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