STRATED V R.H. SAUTER

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STRATED V R.H. SAUTER

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AWAKENING

some little lines running away from the corners

of her eyes, and a nice darkness under them.

She was ever so beautiful, more beautiful

than " Da " or Mademoiselle, or " Auntie "

June or even " Auntie " Holly, to whom he

had taken a fancy; even more beautiful than

Bella, who had pink cheeks and came out too

suddenly in places. This new beautifulness

of his mother had a kind of particular im-

portance, and he ate less than he had expected

to.

When tea was over his father wanted him

to walk round the gardens. He had a long

conversation with his father about things in

general, avoiding his private life Sir Lamorac,

the Austrians, and the emptiness he had felt

these last three days, now so suddenly filled

up. His father told him of a place called

Glensofantrim, where he and his mother had

been; and of the little people who came out

of the ground there when it was very quiet.

Little Jon came to a halt, with his heels apart.

"

Do you really believe they do, Daddy ?

'

"

No, Jon, but I thought you might."

" 'Why?"

You're younger than I and ; they're

fairies."

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