Excerpt from Influence, or the Evil Genius
Two lads were skating on that little streamlet, and on the plank stood a little girl, watching them; and as the taller, by some awkward slide, lost his foot ing, and fell, she clapped her little hands and laughed loudly.
The boy rose, and raising a pair of magnificent dark eyes to the pretty laughing face looking down on him, said, somewhat pettishly, Thank you, Ethel 3 I might have been very much hurt.
But you weren't, you know, said the little maiden, laughing again; and you looked so funny, I could not help laughing. But I wouldn't if you had been hurt, would I, Cyril? She asked of the other boy, who skated towards them.
N C, that you wouldn't; you're the kindest little darling I ever saw.
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