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

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I Make Diamond's Acquaintance 359
lovely stillness of the boy's face, with those blue eyes which seemed rather made for other people to look into than for himself to look out of.
It was plainer to others than to himself that he felt the desertion of Nanny and Jim. They appeared to regard him as a mere toy, except when they found he ' could minister to the increase of their privileges or indulgences, when they made no scruple of using him — generally with success. They were how­ever well-behaved to a wonderful degree; while I have little doubt that much of their good behaviour was owing to the unconscious influence of the boy they called God's baby.
One very strange thing is, that I could never find out where he got some of his many songs. At times they would be but bubbles blown out of a nursery rhyme, as was the following, which I heard him sing one evening to his little Dulcimer. There were about a
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