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

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14                  THE PRINCESS AND CURDIE.
moment he became so one with the bird that he seemed to feel both its bill and its feathers, as the one adjusted the other to fly again, and his heart swelled with the pleasure of its involuntary sympathy. Another moment and it would have been aloft in the waves of rosy light —it was just bending its little legs to spring: that moment it fell on the path broken-winged and bleeding from Curdie's cruel arrow. With a gush of pride at his skill, and pleasure at its success, he ran to pick up his prey. I must say for him he picked it up gently—perhaps it was the beginning of his repentance. But when he had the white thing in his hands—its whiteness stained with another red than that of the sunset flood in which it had been revelling—ah God ! who knows the joy of a bird, the ecstasy of a creature that has neither storehouse nor barn !—when he held it, I say, in his victorious hands, the winged thing looked up in his face—and with such eyes ! asking what was the matter, and where the red sun had gone, and the clouds, and the wind of its flight. Then they closed, but to open again presently, with the same questions in them. And so they closed and opened several times, but alwavs when they opened, their look was fixed on his. It did not once flutter or try to get away ; it only throbbed and bled and looked at him. Curdie's heart began to grow very large in his bosom. What could it mean ? It was nothing but a pigeon, and why
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