AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND
BY GEORGE MAC DONALD
Author of "Dealings with Fairies," "Ranald Bannerman," etc., etc.
I HAVE been asked to tell you about the back of the north wind.
An old Greek writer mentions a people who lived there,
and were so comfortable that they could not bear it any longer,
and drowned themselves. My story is not the same as his.
I do not think Herodotus had got the right account of the place.
I am going to tell you how it fared with a boy who went there.
He lived in a low room over a coach-house; and that was not by any
means at the back of the north wind, as his mother very well knew.
For one side of the room was built only of boards, and the boards were
so old that you might run a penknife through into the north wind.