A Collection of Classic Stories for Children by Hamilton Wright Mabie (editor)

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Is she not beau-ti-ful? ” cried their good, honest father, who, as we have already intimated, had an exceedingly common-sensible way of looking at matters. “Do not tell me of making live figures out of snow. Come, wife; this little stranger must not stay out in the bleak air a moment longer. We will bring her into the parlour; and you shall give her a supper of warm bread and milk, and make her as comfortable as you can. ” So saying, this honest and very kind-hearted man was going toward the little white damsel, with the best intentions in the world.

It is our adopted child Undine; there is no breaking her of her childish ways, though she is eighteen years old now. ” re-joined his wife, shaking her head. “When you come home from fishing, or from a journey, her playful nonsense may be pleasant enough. ” “Well, well,” said the good man, “You feel toward Undine as I do toward the lake. Though its waves are apt enough to burst my banks and my nets, yet I love them for all that, and so do you love our pretty wench, with all her plaguey tricks. ” “Why, one cannot be really angry with her, to be sure,” said the dame, smiling.

It made this kind and careful mother shiver only to look at those small feet, with nothing in the world on them, except a very thin pair of white slippers. Nevertheless, airily as she was clad, the child seemed to feel not the slightest inconvenience from the cold, but danced so lightly over the snow that the tips of her toes left hardly a print in its surface; while Violet could but just keep pace with her, and Peony’s short legs compelled him to lag behind. Once, in the course of their play, the strange child placed herself between Violet and Peony, and taking a hand of each, skipped merrily forward, and they along with her.

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