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

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In the Country                   347
Diamond had taken a great deal of pains and trouble to find Jim, and had at last succeeded through the help of the tall policeman, who was glad to renew his ac­quaintance with the strange child. Jim had moved his quarters, and had not heard of Nanny's illness till some time after she was taken to the hospital, where he was too shy to go and inquire about her. But when at length she went to live with Diamond's family, Jim was willing enough to go and see her. It was after one of his visits, during which they had been talking of her new prospects, that Nanny expressed to Dia­mond her opinion of the country.
" There ain't nothing in it but the sun and moon, Diamond."
" There's trees and flowers," said Diamond.
"Well, they ain't no count," returned Nanny.
" Ain't they? They're so beautiful, they make you happy to look at them."
" That's because you're such a silly."
Diamond smiled with a far-away look, as if he were gazing through clouds of green leaves and the vision contented him. But he was thinking with himself what more he could do for Nanny; and that same evening he went to find Mr. Raymond, for he had heard that he had returned to town.
"Ah! how do you do, Diamond?" said Mr. Ray­mond; " I am glad to see you."
And he was indeed, for he had grown very fond of him. His opinion of him was very different from Nanny's.
" What do you want now, my child?" he asked.
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