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Hester Prynne, nevertheless, the loving mother of this one child, ran little risk of erring on the side of undue severity.
Her only real comfort was when the child lay in the placidity of sleep.
"Nay!" answered the child; "but these are the wounds of Love."
"Who art thou?" said the Giant, and a strange awe fell on him, and he knelt before the little child.
There, in mid-air, shining softly out of the dark background of the trees, still hovered the starry apparition of the child.
"What is that?" said she, and looked on all sides; but the old man was gone, and her little child was gone--he had taken it with him; and the old clock in the corner burred, and burred, the great leaden weight ran down to the floor, bump!
I cannot describe how much I was impressed by this appeal and the energy with which it was made, which brought a tear into the child's clear eye, and made her slight figure tremble as she looked up into my face.
"It is the king's child, and it is not also my child?
A stranger though she was, the child seemed to be on as familiar terms with Violet and Peony, and they with her, as if all the three had been playmates during the whole of their little lives.
It might be expected that I should give some account of the nature of the wicked practices of this woman, in whose hands I was now fallen; but it would be too much encouragement to the vice, to let the world see what easy measures were here taken to rid the women's unwelcome burthen of a child clandestinely gotten.
"Oh my daughter!" she said, "my daughter, my poor, dear little child, so I shall never see thee more!
She opened the door of a room on the floor below and took the child over to a bed in which a woman was lying.
He said afterwards that he believed I was a child myself--just before I came away.
"It's very well that I'm teaching Grisha, but of course that's only because I am free myself now, I'm not with child. Stiva, of course, there's no counting on.
The friendship between Tom and Eva had grown with the child's growth.