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'Are-are you a mermaid, or a-that other thing?'

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asked the child

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'Can I- -?' he began, then hesitated

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-Oh Ruby!' she suddenly broke off, 'do look here -oh, how lovely!'.

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'Mavis,' said the soft yet clear and thrilling voice,

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hush-there now, do you hear them ringing?'

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Stop and listen—

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THE CHILDREN OF THE CASTLE

CHAPTER I

RUBY AND MAVIS

* Hast thou seen that lordly castle,

That castle by the sea ?
Golden and red above it
The clouds float gorgeously.'

Trans. of Uhland : LONGFELLOW.

Do you remember Gratian-Gratian Conyfer, the godson of the four winds, the boy who lived at the old farmhouse up among the moors, where these strange beautiful sisters used to meet ? Do you remember how full of fancies and stories Gratian's little head was, and how sometimes he put them into words to please Fergus, the lame child he loved so much? The story I am now going to tell you is one of these. I think it was their favourite one. len

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