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2. H kQnsl wiT H manckinz

SI waz awEkand bF a Sok, sO sadan n sivEr Ht if dYraTi hAd not bin lFiN on H soft bed SI mFt hAv bin hart. Az i waz, H Jyr mEd har kec har breT n wandar wat hAd hApand; n tOtO pat hiz kOld litl nOz intM har fEs n wFnd dizmali. dYraTi sAt ap n nOtisd Ht H hQs waz not mMvN; nYr waz i dyrk, f H brFt sanSFn kEm in At H windO, fladN H litl rMm. SI sprAN fram har bed n wiT tOtO At har hIlz rAn n Opand H dYr.

H litl garl gEv a krF v amEzmnt n lUkd abQt har, har Fz grOiN bigar n bigar At H wandarfal sFts SI sY.

H sFklOn hAd set H hQs dQn vEri Jentli -- f a sFklOn -- in H midst v a kancri v myrvalas bjMti. HEr war lavli pAcz v grInswyrd Yl abQt, wiT stEtli crIz bErN ric n laSas frMts. bANks v gYrJas flQrz war on evri hAnd, n bardz wiT rEr n briljant plMmiJ sAN n flatard in H crIz n bUSz. a litl wE of waz a smYl brUk, raSN n spyrkN aloN bitwIn grIn bANks, n marmarN in a vqs vEri grEtfal t a litl garl hM hAd livd sO loN on H JrF, grE prErIz.

wFl SI stUd lUkN Igarli At H scrEnJ n bjMtifal sFts, sI nOtisd kamN tOward har a grMp v H kwIrist pIpl SI hAd evar sIn. HE war not Az big Az H grOn fOk SI hAd YlwEz bin jMsd t; bat nIHar war HE vEri smYl. in fAkt, HE sImd abQt Az tYl Az dYraTi, hM waz a wel-grOn cFld f har EJ, YlHO HE war, sO fyr Az lUks gO, meni jIrz Oldar.

TrI war men n wan a wUman, n Yl war odli Jresd. HE wYr rQnd hAts Ht rOz t a smYl pqnt a fUt abav HEr hedz, wiT litl belz arQnd H brimz Ht tinkld swItli Az HE mMvd. H hAts v H men war blM; H litl wUman'z hAt waz wFt, n SI wYr a wFt gQn Ht haN in plIts fram har SOldarz. Ovar i war sprinkld litl styrz Ht glisand in H san lFk dFmandz. H men war Jresd in blM, v H sEm SEd Az HEr hats, n wYr wel-poliSd bMts wiT a dIp rOl v blM At H tops. H men, dYraTi TYt, war abQt Az Old Az ankl henri, f tM v Hem hAd bIrdz. bat H litl wUman waz dQtlis mac Oldar. har fEs waz kavard in riNklz, har hEr waz nIrli wFt, n SI wYkd rAHar stifli.

wen HIz pIpl JrM nIr H hQs wEr dYraTi waz stAndN in H dYrwE, HE pYzd n wispard amaN Hemselvz, Az if afrEd t kam fYrHar. bat H litl Old wUman wYkd ap t dYraTi, mEd a lO bQ n sed, in a swIt vqs:

"jM r welkam, mOst nObl sYrsaris, t H lAnd v H /manckinz. wI r sO grEtfal t jM f hAvN kild H /wikid /wic v H /Ist, n f setN Qr pIpl frI fram bondiJ."

dYraTi lisand t Hs spIc wiT wandar. wat kUd H litl wUman posabli mIn bF kYlN har a sYrsaris, n sEiN SI hAd kild H wikid wic v H Ist? dYraTi waz an inasnt, hyrmlis litl garl, hM hAd bin kErId bF a sFklOn meni mFlz fram hOm; n SI hAd nevar kild enITiN in Yl har lFf.

bat H litl wUman evidentli ekspektd har t Ansar; sO dYraTi sed, wiT hezitESn, "jM r vEri kFnd, bat HEr mast b sam mistEk. F hAv not kild enITiN."

"jYr hQs did, enIwE," riplFd H litl Old wUman, wiT a lAf, "n Ht z H sEm TiN. sI!" SI kntinjMd, pqntN t H kYrnar v H hQs. "HEr r har tM fIt, stil stikN Qt fram andar a blok v wUd."

dYraTi lUkd, n gEv a litl krF v frFt. HEr, indId, Jast andar H kYrnar v H grEt bIm H hQs restd on, tM fIt war stikN Qt, Sod in silvar SMz wiT pqntd tOz.

"O, dIr! O, dIr!" krFd dYraTi, klAspN har hAndz tageHar in dismE. "H hQs mast hAv hYlan on har. watevar SAl wI d?"

"HEr z naTiN t b dan," sed H litl wUman kYmli.

"bat hM waz SI?" Askd dYraTi.

"SI waz H wikid wic v H Ist, Az F sed," Ansard H litl wUman. "SI hAz held Yl H manckinz in bondiJ f meni jIrz, mEkN Hem slEvz f har nFt n dE. nQ HE r Yl set frI, n r grEtfal t jM f H fEvar."

"hM r H manckinz?" inkwFrd dYraTi.

"HE r H pIpl hM liv in Hs lAnd v H Ist wEr H wikid wic rMld."

"r jM a manckin?" Askd dYraTi.

"nO, bat F am HEr frend, YlHO F liv in H lAnd v H nYrT. wen HE sY H wic v H Ist waz ded H manckinz sent a swft mesenJar t mI, n F kEm At wans. F am H wic v H nYrT."

"O, grESas!" krFd dYraTi. "r jM a rIl wic?"

"jes, indId," Ansard H litl wUman. "bat F am a gUd wic, n H pIpl lav mI. F am not Az pQarfal Az H wikid wiC waz hM rMld hIr, Yr F SUd hAv set H pIpl frI mFself."

"bat F TYt Yl wicz war wikid," sed H garl, hM waz hAf frFtand At fEsN a rIl wic. "O, nO, Ht z a grEt mistEk. HEr war Onli fYr wicz in Yl H /lAnd v /oz, n tM v Hem, TOz hM liv in H nYrT n H sQT, r gUd wicz. F nO Hs t b crM, f F em wan v Hem mFself, n ken not b mistEkan. HOz hM dwelt in H Ist n H west war, indId, wikid wicz; bat nQ Ht jM hAv kild wan v Hem, HEr z bat wan wikid wic in Yl H lAnd v oz -- H wan in H west."

"bat," sed dYraTi, Aftar a mOmant's TYt, "Ynt /em hAz tOld mI Ht H wicz war Yl ded -- jIrz n jIrz agO."

"hM z Ynt /em?" inkwFrd H litl Old wUman.

"SI z mF Ynt hM livz in /kAnzas, wEr F kEm fram."

H wic v H nYrT sImd t TiNk f a tFm, wiT har hed bQd n har Fz apon H grQnd. Hen SI lUkd ap n sed, "F d not nO wEr /kAnzas z, f F hAv nevar hard HAt kancrF mencand bifYr. bat tel mI, z i a sivalFzd kancrF?"

"O, jes," riplFd dYraTi.

"Hn Ht akQnts f i. in H sivalFzd kancrIz F bilIv HEr r nO wicz left, nYr wizardz, nYr sYrsarisz, nYr maJiSnz. bat, jM sI, H lAnd v oz hAz nevar bin sivalFzd, f wI r kat of fram H rest v H wYrld. HErfYr wI stil hAv wicz n wizardz amaNst as."

"hM r H wizardz?" Askd dYraTi.

"/oz himself z H grEt wizard," Ansard H wic, siNkN har vqs t a wispar. "hI z mYr pQrfal Hn Yl H rest v as tageHar. hI livz in H sitI v emaraldz."

dYraTi waz gOiN t Ask anaHar kwescn, bat Jast Hn H manckinz, hM hAd bin stAndN sFlantli bF, gEv a lQd SQt n pqntd t H kYrnar v H hQs wEr H wikid wic hAd bin lFiN.

"wat z i?" Askd H litl Old wUman, n lUkd, n bigAn t lAf. H fIt v H ded wic hAd disapIrd entFrli, n naTiN waz left bat H silvar SMz.

"SI waz sO Old," eksplEnd H wic v H nYrT, "Ht SI JrFd ap kwikli in H san. Ht z H end v har. bat H silvar SMz r jYrz, n jM SAl hAv Hem t wEr." SI rIcd dQn n pikd ap H SMz, n Aftar SEkN H dast of v Hem hAndd Hem t dYraTi.

"H wic v H Ist waz prQd v HOz silvar SMz," sed wan v H manckinz, "n HEr z sam cyrm kanektd wiT Hem; bat wat i z wI nevar nM."

dYraTi kErId H SMz intM H hQs n plEsd Hem on H tEbl. Hn SI kEm Qt agen t H manckinz n sed:

"F Am ANkSas t get bAk t mF Ynt n ankl, f F Am Sar HE wil wari abQt mI. kn jM help mI fFnd mF wE?"

H manckinz n H wic farst lUkd At wan anaHar, n Hn At dYraTi, n Hn SUk HEr hedz.

"At H Ist, not fYr fram hIr," sed wan, "HEr z a grEt dezart, n nan kUd liv t kros i."

"i z H sEm At H sQT," sed anaHar, "f F hAv bin HEr n sIn i. H sQT z H kancri v H /kwYdlNz."

"F Am tOld," sed H Tard mAn, "Ht i z H sEm At H west. n Ht kancri, wEr H /wiNkIz liv, z rMld bF H wikid wic v H west, hM wUd mEk jM har slEv if jM pAsd har wE."

"H nYrT z mF hOm," sed H Old lEdi, "n At its eJ z H sEm grEt dezart Ht sarQndz Hs /lAnd v /oz. F'm afrEd, mF dIr, jM wil hAv t liv wiT as."

dYraTi bigAn t sob At Hs, f SI felt lOnli amaN Yl HIz scrEnJ pIpl. har tIrz sImd t grIv H kFnd-hyrtd manckinz, f HE imIdiatli tUk Qt HEr hAnkarcifs n bigAn t wIp YlsO. Az f H litl Old wUman, SI tUk of har kAp n bAlansd H pqnt on H end v har nOz, wEl SI kQntd "wan, tM, TrI" in a solam vqs. At wans H kAp cEnJd intM a slEt, on wic waz ritan in big, wEt cYk myrks:

"let dYraTi gO t H siti v emaraldz"

H litl Old wUman tUk H slEt fram har nOz, n hAvN red H wardz on i, Askd, "z jYr nEm dYraTi, mF dIr?"

"jes," Ansard H cFld, lUkN ap n JrFiN har tIrz.

"Hn jM mast gO t H siti v emaraldz. parhAps /oz wil help jM."

"wEr z Hs siti?" Askd dYraTi.

"i z egzAktli in H sentar v H kancri, n z rMld bF /oz, H grEt wizard F tOld jM v."

"z hI a gUd mAn?" inkwFrd H garl ANkSasli.

"hI z a gUd wizard. weHar hI z a mAn Yr not F kAn not tel, f F hAv nevar sIn him."

"hQ kAn F get HEr?" Askd dYraTi.

"jM mast wYk. i z a loN Jarni, TrM a kancri Ht z samtFmz plezant n samtFmz dyrk n tErabl. hQevar, F wil jMz Yl H mAJik yrts F nO v t kIp jM fram hyrm."

"wOn't jM gO wiT mI?" plIdd H garl, hM hAd bigan t lUk apon H litl Old wUman Az har Onli frend.

"nO, F kAn not d Ht," SI riplFd, "bat F wil giv jM mF kis, n nO wan wil dEr inJar a parsan hM hAz bin kisd bF h wic v H nYrT."

SI kEm klOs t dYraTi n kisd har gentli on H fYrhed. wEr har lips tacd H garl HE left a rQnd, SFnN myrk, Az dYraTi fQnd Qt sMn Aftar.

"H rOd t H siti v emaraldz z pEvd wiT jelO brik," sed H wic, "sO jM kAn not mis i. wen jM get t /oz d not b afrEd v him, bat tel jYr stYri n Ask him t help jM. gUd-bF, mF dIr."

H TrI manckinz bQd lO t har n wisd har a plezant Jarni, Aftar wic HE wYkd awE TrM H crIz. H wic gEv dYraTi a frendli nod, warld arQnd on har left hIl TrI tFmz, n scrEtwE disapIrd, mac t H sarprFz v litl tOtO, hM byrkd Aftar har lQdli enaf wen SI hAd gon, bikYz hI hAd bin afrEd Ivan t grQl wFl SI stUd bF.

bat dYraTi, nOiN har t b a wic, hAd ekspektd har t disapIr in JAst Ht wE, n waz not sarprFzd in H lIst.

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