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

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Diamond Questions North Wind 375
"But I don't want you to say what's hard to find. If you were to say one word to comfort me that wasn't true, then I should know you must be a dream, for a great beautiful lady like you could never tell a lie."
"But she mightn't know how to say what she had to say, so that a little boy like you would un­derstand it," said North Wind. " Here, let us get down again, and I will try to tell you what I think. You mustn't suppose I am able to an­swer all your ques-tions, though. There are a great many things I don't understand more than you do."
She descended on a grassy hillock, in the midst of a wild furzy common. There was a rabbit-warren underneath, and some of the rabbits came out of their holes, in the moonlight, looking very sober and wise, just like patriarchs standing in their tent-doors, and looking about them before going to bed. When they saw North Wind, instead of turning round and vanish-
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