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think she must have been a sort of Magic person perhaps."
" You are so like her now," said Mary, " that sometimes I think perhaps you are her ghost made into a boy."
That idea seemed to impress Colin. He thought it over and then answered her slowly.
"If I were her ghost — my father would be fond of me," he said.
" Do you want him to be fond of you?" inquired Mary.
" I used to hate it because he was not fond of me. If he grew fond of me I think I should tell him about the Magic. It might make him more cheerful."