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Here we are at the end of our book!
We have had one story for each letter.
Cinderella for C.
Now we come to our "good night” story.
so many stories as the Dustman. He comes in the evening when the chil
dren are eating supper. The children do not hear him for he
takes off his shoes.
Then he opens the door without any noise
and enters the room, oh, so softly ! Puff! He blows fine soft dust into the
children's eyes. This makes the children close their eyes
so that they do not see him. Then he goes among them and blows
sostly upon their necks. The Dustman does not hurt the children
for he is very fond of them. He only wishes them to be quiet that they
may be taken to bed. After they are
asleep, he will tell them his stories. When their eyes are closed the Dustman
sits down upon the bed. He has the kindest, sweetest face you can
think of, and his voice is low and soft.
He wears a long silk coat. The coat
changes color every time he turns. Sometimes it is red, sometimes it is blue, sometimes it is green. It is
very, very beautiful. Under each arm the Dustman carries an
umbrella. One of these umbrellas has lovely pic
tures painted on it. There are pictures of girls playing hoop and of boys flying kites.
page face night
large mice bright news change peace delight
This unbrella he spreads over the good
children. Then they dream most
beautiful stories all the night long. On the other umbrella nothing at all is
painted. He holds this one over the naughty chil
dren, and then they do not have any dreams at all. What do you think
of that? How many of you dreamed pretty stories
last night? I am sure you will dream them to-night.
One.evening the Dustman came to a little
boy named IIialmar. “Listen," said the Dustman, when Hialmar
had been put to bed.