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

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The Prospect Brightens            343
and all. It's only his heart, sir—that's worth millions —but his heart'll be mine all the same—so it's too much, sir."
" I don't think so. It won't be, at least, by the time we've got him fed up again. You take it and welcome. Just go on with your cabbing for another month, only take it out of Ruby and let Diamond rest; and by that time I shall be ready for you to go down into the country."
"Thank you, sir; thank you. Diamond set you down for a friend, sir, the moment he saw you. I do believe that child of mine knows more than other people."
"I think so too," said Mr. Raymond as he walked away.
He had meant to test Joseph when he made the bar­gain about Ruby, but had no intention of so greatly prolonging the trial. He had been taken ill in Switzer­land, and had been quite unable to return sooner. He went away now highly gratified at finding that he had stood the test, and was a true man.
Joseph rushed in to his wife who had been stand­ing at the window anxiously waiting the result of the long colloquy. When she heard that the horses were to go together in double harness, she burst forth into an immoderate fit of laughter. Diamond came up with the baby in his arms and made big anxious eyes at her, saying:
" What is the matter with you, mother dear? Do cry a little. It will do you good. When father takes ever so small a drop of spirits, he puts water to it."
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