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The Widow made a story about her husband's old nurse:

how the nurse's grandfather's grandmother was born in the enchanted early days of the wide world when the Virgin still moved among ordinary people and spoke to them. 
how the nurse’s grandfather’s grandmother received from the enchanted hand of the Virgin a Magic Mirror and passed it down through her family until her family was no more.

“Your father’s nurse bequeathed to him the Magic Mirror. One day when you are old enough,” the Widow promised, “you may look into it. The Mirror will show you a face of the Devil.”

Five years passed, 
and a season came when the walnut tree failed to produce. The Widow had exhausted her resources, so —


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The Black Walnut Tree 6: GB0005