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The Man with the Pan Pipes

And Other Stories

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Author: Mrs Molesworth
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,779 / 56 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.3
Downloads: 787
Added to site: 2012.02.09
mnybks.net#: 31303
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the sight of him so terrified me. For he was surrounded by a crowd of children, a regular troop of them following him through the poor part of the town where we were. If I had kept my wits, and looked on quietly, I would have soon seen that the children were not the least afraid, they were chattering and laughing; some, I fear, mocking and hooting at the poor imbecile. But just at that moment the last touch was added to my terror by my little brother pulling his hand out of mine.

[Illustration: "He was surrounded by a crowd of children"]

"Baby wants to see too," he said, and off he trotted down the street.

My senses seemed quite to go.

"He's piping them away," I screamed, and then I am ashamed to say I turned and fled, leaving Baby to his fate. Why I did not run into the house and call nurse, I do not know; if I thought about it at all, I suppose I had a hazy feeling that it would be no good, that even nurse could not save us. And I saw that the crowd was coming my way, in another

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