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

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" That I will ! " said Curdie. " What is it, ma'am ? *
" Only something not to do," answered the old lady; " if you should hear any one speak about me, never to laugh or make fun of me."
" Oh, ma'am !" exclaimed Curdie, shocked that she should think such a request needful.
" Stop, stop," she went on. " People hereabout some­times tell very odd and in fact ridiculous stories of an old woman who watches what is going on, and occa­sionally interferes. They mean me, though what they say is often great nonsense. Now what I want of you is not to laugh, or side with them in any way; because they will take that to mean that you don't believe there is any such person a bit more than they do. Now that would not be the case—would it, Curdie ? n
" No indeed, ma'am. I've seen you."
The old woman smiled very oddly.
"Yes, you've seen me," she said. "But mind," she continued, " I don't want you to say anything—only to hold your tongue, and not seem to side with them."
"That will be easy," said Curdie, " now that I've seen you with my very own eyes, ma'am."
" Not so easy as you think, perhaps," said the old lady, with another curious smile. " I want to be your friend," she added after a little pause, " but I don't quite know yet whether you will let me."
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