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A Children's Fantasy Book By George MacDonald - illustrated version.

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Woven and then Spun            157
about you, and it would be cruel to keep them so all night. You must go downstairs."
" I'm so g'lad, grandmother, you didn't say— go home—for this is my home. Mayn't I call this my home?"
" You may, my child. And I trust you will always think it your home. Now come. I must take you back without anyone seeing you."
" Please, I want to ask you one question more," said Irene. " Is it because you have your crown on that you look so young?"
"No, child," answered her grandmother; "it is because I felt so young this evening, that I put my crown on. And I thought you would like to see your old grandmother in her best."
" Why do you call yourself old? You're not old, grandmother."
" I am very old indeed. It is so silly of people —I don't mean you, for you are such a tiny, and couldn't know better—but it is so silly of people to fancy that old age means crookedness and witheredness and feebleness and sticks and spec­tacles and rheumatism and forgetfulness! It is so silly! Old age has nothing whatever to do
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