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First Line: The child margaret begins to write numbers on a saturday morning
Last Line: Millions of rag dolls, millions and millions of new rag dolls!!)
Subject(s): Children; Dolls; Toys; Childhood


THE child Margaret begins to write numbers on a Saturday morning, the
first numbers formed under her wishing child fingers.
All the numbers come well-born, shaped in figures assertive for a
frieze in a child's room.
Both 1 and 7 are straightforward, military, filled with lunge and
attack, erect in shoulder-straps.
The 6 and 9 salute as dancing sisters, elder and younger, and 2 is a
trapeze actor swinging to handclaps.
All the numbers are well-born, only 3 has a hump on its back and 8 is
knock-kneed.
The child Margaret kisses all once and gives two kisses to 3 and 8.
(Each number is a bran-new rag doll ... O in the wishing fingers ...
millions of rag dolls, millions and millions of new rag dolls!!)






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