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

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scarcely a light to be seen, and not a movement to be heard: all the people in them lay fast asleep.
" What a lot of dreams they must be dreaming!" said Diamond.
4'Yes," returned North Wind. "They can't surely be all liesócan they?"
"I should think it depends a little on who dreams them," suggested Diamond.
"Yes," said North Wind. "The people who think lies, and do lies, are very likely to dream lies. But the people who love what is true will surely now and then dream true things. But then something depends on whether the dreams are home-grown, or whether the seed of them is blown over somebody else's garden-wall. Ah! there's some one awake in this house!"
They were floating past a window in which a light was burning. Diamond heard a moan, and looked up anxiously in North Wind's face.
"It's a lady," said North Wind. "She can't sleep for pain."
"Couldn't you do something for her?" said Dia≠mond.
" No, I can't. But you could."
"What could I do?"
" Sing a little song to her."
"She wouldn't hear me."
" I will take you in, and then she will hear you."
"But that would be rude, wouldn't it? You can go where you please, of course, but I should have no business in her room."
"You may trust me, Diamond. I shall take as good
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