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

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CHAPTER XXXVI
Diamond Questions North Wind
M Y readers will not wonder that, after this, I did my very best to gain the friendship of Dia­mond. Nor did I find this at all difficult, the child was so ready to trust. Upon one subject alone was he reticent—the story of his relations with North Wind. I fancy he could not quite make up his mind what to think of them. At all events it was some little time before he trusted me with this, only then he told me everything. If I could not regard it all in exactly the same light as he did, I was, while guiltless of the least pretence, fully sympathetic, and he was satisfied without demanding of me any theory of difficult points involved. I let him see plainly enough, that whatever might be the explanation of the marvellous experience, I would have given much for a similar one myself.
On an evening soon after the thunderstorm, in a late twilight, with a half-moon high in the heavens, I came upon Diamond in the act of climbing by his little ladder into the beech-tree.
"What are you always going up there for, Dia­mond?" I heard Nanny ask, rather rudely, I thought.
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