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This is my project on the first book of the Trixie Belden series, The Secret of the Mansion. It is a comparison on the wording differences between the original Whitman hardcover dust jacket format, 1948 ("OLD") and the Golden paperback oval format, 1977 ("NEW").


When I set out to do this comparison, I expected some differences but certainly not very many. I thought that they would only be in the form of era changes, like the references to car "running boards" that were no longer in the paperback version.

However, I couldn't believe the number of differences that did appear - and most SO inconsequential (why did they bother?)! But that was interesting in itself. What, therefore, to leave in or out? So I decided I would list everything, even if it was just adding/deleting the word "and". The only exception was hyphenated words vs. two words vs. one word spellings (and there were a lot of those). And I ignored punctuation (the newer version LOVES commas). Of course, I felt that a few were significant changes and those are marked with a http://members.shaw.ca/trixiebelden/tb_star.gif in the page columns below.

I think my comparison table below is self-explanatory... each "outtake" has page references. The differences are marked by underlined text.



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...the row of tomato plants she was carefully transplanting.

...the row of tomato plants she was transplanting.

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If you want to buy a horse like the one you fell in love with at the horse show yesterday, you will have to earn the money yourself. You know perfectly well the only reason your brothers could go to camp is because they are working as junior counselors.

If you want to buy a horse like the one you fell in love with at the horse show yesterday, the only answer is to earn the money yourself. You know perfectly well the only reason your brothers could go to camp is that they are working as junior counselors.

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...calling over one shoulder,

...calling over her shoulder,

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Mr. Belden backed and turned the car around. Trixie jumped on the running board, shouting

Mr. Belden backed and turned the car around. Trixie ran along beside the car, shouting

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...because the chickens have scratched it bare.

...because the chickens have scratched it bare. The whole place needs repair.

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...he and his wife were very kind to your father and me when we moved up here from the city. That was before you were born and Brian and Mart were still babies.

...he and his wife were very kind to your father and me when we moved up here from the city.

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But you don't have to die from a copperhead bite.

But you don't have to die from that kind of bite.

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See all those vans? Somebody must be moving in.

See all those vans?

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"Oh, Mother," Trixie interrupted excitedly.

"Oh, Moms," Trixie interrupted excitedly.

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Do I have to take him, Mother?

Do I have to take him, Moms?

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The girl stared solemnly from Trixie to Bobby and back to Trixie again.

The girl stared solemnly from Trixie to Bobby and back again.

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for fear of being kidnaped.

for fear of being kidnapped.

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You wouldn't really break into somebody's house and - and -

You wouldn't really break into somebody's house!

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"Hey," he asked Honey. "What's his name anyway?"

"Hey, what's his name anyway?" he asked Honey.

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Imagine having to ask your governess to ask your mother for something! No wonder she acts so queer sometimes.

Imagine having to ask your governess to ask your mother for something you want! It's no wonder she acts so queer sometimes.

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"Thanks," Trixie said staring entranced at the big gleaming horse.

"Thanks," Trixie said staring entranced at the big horse.

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"Indeed you don't," Regan said briskly.

"Indeed you can't," Regan said briskly.

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Trixie'd better get the feel of the saddle a bit

Trixie had better get the feel of the saddle a bit

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Now's Honey's chance to get back at me for making fun of her when she thought she saw a face at the Mansion.

Now's Honey's chance to get back at me for making fun of her for thinking she saw a face at the Mansion.

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"You won't be," Trixie assured her.

"You won't be bitten, Honey," Trixie assured her.

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Trixie was so startled herself for a moment that she stood stock-still.

Trixie was so startled herself that, for a moment, she stood stock still.

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"What was it?" Honey asked weakly.

"What in the world was that?" Honey asked weakly.

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Honey followed reluctantly.

Honey followed very reluctantly.

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But suppose that face I saw...

But suppose the face I saw...

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was cluttered as the diningroom.

was as cluttered as the diningroom.

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to break the eerie, empty silence

to break the eerie silence

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before a thunderstorm, and the girls

before a thunderstorm. The girls

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sunlight which poured through an open window on the west side of the house.

sunlight which poured through an open window.

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hoping to see if she could read the inscription on the silver mug.

hoping to read the inscription on the silver mug.

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"But you," she finished tartly.

"But you," she finished.

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Where and why?

Where and why? What are you talking about?

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Nobody who had any money would live in such an untidy place.

Nobody who had any money would live in such a depressing, untidy place.

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and flopped down on this old mattress.

and flopped down on this old mattress. So, here I am.

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The cook'll pack up enough food for a regiment.

The cook'll pack enough food for a regiment.

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What do you mean by screaming like that when nothing's wrong with you?

What do you mean by screaming like that when nothing's wrong?

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"But then when I got here I couldn't see the horses any more." His blue eyes clouded.

"But then when I got here I couldn't see them any more." His blue eyes began to cloud.

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and the heavy branches of the trees shaded them from the hot noon sun.

and overhead heavy branches of the trees shaded them from the noon sun.

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...Trixie thought and said out loud

...Trixie thought. She said out loud

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The skunk completely ignored the pebble that bounced beside it andunconcernedly rooted through the leaves for a bug.

The skunk, completely ignoring the pebble that bounced beside it, unconcernedly rooted through the leaves for a bug.

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Jim had deliberately made up a story about mad animals just to tease Honey.

Jim had deliberately made up a story about mad animals and dogs especially, just to tease Honey.

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whistle "Bob White!" almost as well as Jim did.

whistle "bob-white!" almost as well as Jim could.

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Jim arched his eyebrows unbelievingly.

Jim arched his eyebrows dubiously and waited for her to continue.

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the other two stacks which contained old magazines and pamphlets.

the other two stacks which contained many old magazines and pamphlets.

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they heard the sound of something moving rapidly across the floor over their heads.

they heard the sound of something moving across the floor over their heads.

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Miss Trask says it's just nerves and when I start eating better I'll get over it.

Miss Trask says it's just nerves and when I start eating better I'm sure to get over it.

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Trixie jumped on the running board

Trixie leaned into the car

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I'll help you with your overall straps and your sandals.

I'll help you with your overall straps and sandals.

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"Of course he didn't bite you," Trixie said... She hustled the little boy into the fenced-in garden... and set off after a squirrel. (That's Reddy, not Trixie, who went after the squirrel)

"Of course he didn't bite you," Trixie replied... She hustled Bobby into the fenced-in garden... and set off in pursuit of a squirrel.

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eyes, then saw that the gate was open.

eyes. Then she saw that the gate was open.

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Oh, Bobby, Bobby, you've just got to get well!

Oh, Bobby, Bobby, please, you've just got to get well!

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Ah, good. No cuts or sores.

Ah, good, good. There aren't any cuts or sores.

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That is, unless I can help.

That is, unless I can help you in some way.

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But he's bringing a practical nurse out from the village to help me and he said explicitly...

But he's bringing a practical nurse out from the village to help me. He said explicitly...

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I learned how to do dishes and make beds at camp, so I can help you.

I learned how to do dishes and make beds at camp, so I'll help.

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and never Honey's mother who came when she was frightened.

and never Honey's mother who came when Honey was frightened.

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I forgot to ask Dad last night how Mr. Frayne was.

I forgot to ask Dad last night how Mr. Frayne was getting along at the hospital.

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And, unless I don't know a natural-born rider when I see one

Unless I don't know a natural-born rider when I see one

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on the back of such a beautiful creature.

on the back of such a beautiful creature as Jupiter.

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a spray of pebbles flew out from under the horse's flying feet.

a spray of pebbles flew out from under the horse's feet.

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at that moment the game cock

at that moment a game cock

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He's furious and he'll never give me any more riding lessons.

He's furious - he'll never give me any more riding lessons.

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He patted Lady and fed her a carrot he had pulled in the garden.

He patted Lady and fed her a carrot he had pulled from the garden.

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I just know we're going to find something.

I just know that we're going to find something.

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But I imagine it was cool out here in the evenings.

But I imagine it was cool out here in the evening.

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I'd better go home now and see if Mother needs me.

I'd better go home now and see if Moms needs me.

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Say, would you like a bike lesson now if Mother doesn't need me?

Say, would you like a bike lesson now if Moms doesn't need me?

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You'll be coasting down your own driveway in no time.

You'll be coasting down your own driveway in no time flat.

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She helped Honey to her feet and then she noticed the ugly gash on Honey's knee.

She helped Honey to her feet. Then she saw the ugly gash on Honey's knee.

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If you feel strong enough we'd better go in now and give it a little first aid.

If you feel strong enough now, Honey, we'd better go in and give it a little first aid.

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Mrs. Belden smiled and reached up to a box on one of the shelves. "Well," she said, "keep it bandaged and wear these knee pads for a while."

Mrs. Belden smiled and reached up to a box on one of the top shelves. "Well," she said, "keep it bandaged and wear these kneepads awhile."

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with a big basket and a speedometer and a siren and a lamp.

with a big basket and a speedometer and a siren and a light.

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I've got to help Mother cultivate the garden.

I've got to help Moms cultivate the garden.

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"Maybe you can come up for a swim later," Honey suggested.

"Can you come up for a swim later?" Honey asked.

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went upstairs to see how Bobby was getting along.

went upstairs to see how Bobby was.

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I've been going to camp every summer since I was four you know.

I've been going every single summer since I was four years old, you know.

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that we have known each other only a few days?

that we have known each other only a couple of days?

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We can figure it out somehow.

We can figure it out somehow. Come on.

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and asked in a weak voice

and asked weakly

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"You'll learn," Trixie said as she slid into the stern.

"You'll learn," Trixie said shortly as she slid from the rock into the stern.

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Then what'll we do?

What'll we do?

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it was Honey who pushed the boat out of the cover with an oar. "You're simply wonderful, Trixie," she gasped. "You saved our lives!"

it was Honey who pushed the boat out of the cover with the oar. "You are simply wonderful, Trixie," she gasped.

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There might be something about old Mr. Frayne in it.

There might be something about old Mr. Frayne in it, you know. Come on.

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"I'm not afraid of him any longer," Trixie answered. "It's a coward..."

"I'll never be afraid of him any longer," Trixie answered. "He's a coward..."

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He would have turned off at the downtrail to our house.

He would have been sure to turn off at the downtrail to our house.

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The icy cold water brought Honey to immediately, and she sat up with a little moan.

The icy cold water brought her to immediately, and she sat up with a little moan, her face still reflecting her terror.

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It was just like in the dream.

It was just like a dream.

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Dogs often froth at the mouth in hot weather or because of nervousness.

Dogs often froth at the mouth in hot weather or sometimes simply because of nervousness.

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But suppose he had had hydrophobia.

But suppose he had hydrophobia.

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Trixie admitted.

Trixie admitted truthfully.

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snakes love to rest in deserted houses... Trixie stared, shamefaced, down at her shoes...

snakes love to nest in deserted houses... Trixie stared, shamefaced, down at her hands...

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Well, first I punched a hole in the bottom of the drum and ran a rope through it, knotting one end and looping the other over the branch. Then I punched a lot of little holes around the big one. After that all you have to do is fill the can with water, pull on the rope and stand under your shower.

Well, first I suspended the drum from the tree by looping a rope over that branch and tying the end to another tree. Then I stretched a piece of inner tube over the open end of the drum and poked holes in the rubber. Finally I filled the drum with water and attached a pull rope to make the drum tip when I want a shower.

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Tie the can securely in the fork of the tree.

Tie the can securely to the trunk of the tree.

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the whiteness of his face and his hair... and Jim looked up at them with a sickly grin.

the whiteness of his face. His hair... and Jim looked up with a sickly grin.

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help Mother with supper... She laughed... Dad went into a ditch trying to avoid hitting it.

help Moms with supper... She said laughingly... Dad went into a ditch trying to avoid it.

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as she and Honey set off on their bikes... and were relieved to find

as she and Honey set off for the store on their bikes... and they were relieved to find

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Trixie said and started to move away.

Trixie said and moved away.

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Bobby insisted petulantly. "Hey! I know what. You're going off 'sploring again."

Bobby insisted loudly and petulantly. "Hey! I know where you're going. You're going off 'sploring again."

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My toe's all right now. I don't wanna stay in bed.

My toe's all better now. I don't wanna stay here in bed.

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you'd be ready for jumping in another week or so.

you'd be ready for jumping in another week or two.

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Or at least a dead to the property, although of course it may be mortgaged to the hilt.

Or at least a dead to the property. Of course it may be mortgaged to the hilt.

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a woman's wardrobe, fashionable more than ten years ago.

a woman's wardrobe, fashionable years earlier.

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The only time I ever saw your uncle...

The few times I ever saw your uncle...

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I guess that crazy old miser burned everything.

I guess that crazy old must have miser burned everything.

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I don't think Uncle James would mind my having it.

I don't think Uncle James would mind my having it for a keepsake.

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Read it quickly.

Read it quickly, please.

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Things go a little crazy here for a while. Chapter 12 'Understanding Regan' starts here, followed by Chapter 13 'A Night at the Manor House'. There are 19 chapters in this book.

MANY pages have been added in this version (we'll come to that). Chapter 12 here is 'Jed Tomlin's Colt'. 'Understanding Regan' is Chapter 13 and it continues on with the same chapter titles to number 20.

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still think he is rich.

think he is still rich.

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Trixie's parents were upstairs with Bobby when she got home. "I'm home," she called to them. "Should I bring Bobby some juice or something?"

Yes, please," her mother called back. "There's a can of pineapple juice in the refrigerator and perhaps you'd both like some cookies with it."

Mr. Belden came down to get the car out of the garage. "I want your mother to get a change of scene," he said to Trixie as he went though the kitchen. "Bobby has kept her pretty tied down. We'll drive up the river and have tea somewhere on the road. It'll do her good."

Trixie's parents were upstairs with Bobby when she got home. From the downstairs hall, Trixie could hear her father's voice droning on and on, so she guessed that he was probably reading Bobby to sleep.

While Trixie stood there listening, her mother came quietly down the stairs with a tray of empty dishes. "Sh-h," she whispered to Trixie as they went out into the kitchen. "Bobby's had his lunch, and I think he'll fall asleep in a few minutes. A good long nap would do him a world of good."

Trixie nodded. "If anyone can read him to sleep, it's Dad. I can remember when I was Bobby's age and had mumps and measles, he used to tell me stories or read to me. His voice is so soothing, I used to fall into sort of a stupor right away, although I tried like anything not to." She gave her mother an impulsive hug. "Oh, Moms, I'm so glad I was born into this family. I feel so sorry for people like Honey and Ji-" She stopped herself just in time, and added hastily, "Honey just never seems to have any fun with her father and mother the way Bobby and Brian and Mart and I do. I'm so glad we're not rich."

"So am I," Mrs. Belden said with a smile. "It's much more fun to work for the things you want than to have them given to you on a silver platter. Speaking of which," she added with a chuckle, "will you rinse and dry our silver platter? Dad win be down in a few minutes to carve the turkey."

"Yummy-yum," Trixie said, sniffing. "It smells delicious, Moms. I hope you put a lot of onions in the stuffing."

"I did," Mrs. Belden said as she took a big green glass bowl from the cupboard. "Let's not bother with cooked vegetables. If we eat all we want of the turkey and stuffing we won't have room for more than a tossed green salad."

"Yummy-yum," Trixie said again, in full agreement. "You fix that special salad dressing of yours, Moms, and I'll slice tomatoes and peppers and leeks and shred the lettuce."

"Fine," Mrs. Belden said. "We make a good team, Trixie. While we work, please tell me more about your new friend. I'm very interested an Honey. I think she's a lovely girl, but, of course, I don't know her as well as you do."

"She is just lovely in every way," Trixie cried enthusiastically. "I wasn't crazy about her at first, Moms. I thought she was a sissy. But she isn't. She's scared and nervous about a lot of things because she isn't used to living in the country. I mean, she's sure that every ropelike vine is a snake and all leaves are poison ivy, and things like that. And, of course, not having had any brothers makes an awful difference." Trixie scooped the core and seeds out of a big green pepper and began to slice it on the wooden chopping board. "I guess I never realized before," she said thoughtfully, "how important brothers are. Brian and Mart drive me wild sometimes because they're forever teasing me, and Bobby, well, he's darling, but he can be an - an -"

"An awful nuisance," Mrs. Belden finished cheerfully. "But, Trixie, if you ever had to be separated from him for very long, you'd find that you missed him dreadfully. Brian and Mart have found that out while they've been at camp. With every letter they write me they enclose a note full of funny drawings for Bobby."

"I know," Trixie said. "Oh, Moms, let's not tell them about Bobby and the copperhead. Brian and Mart would just die from worry, and the worst is over now. He really is going to be all right, isn't he, Moms?"

"He's fine," Trixie's mother said emphatically. "And all due to you, Trixie. No. I'm sorry but I'm not going to keep Bobby's accident a secret from Brian and Mart, Trixie. I'm going to write them a long letter telling them what an important part you played. They'll be very proud of you."

Trixie's father came tiptoeing into the kitchen then. "Whewl" he sighed. "I thought His Royal Highness would never give up and close those big blue eyes of his." He washed his hands at the kitchen sink and then he deftly transferred the turkey from the oven pan to the gleaming silver platter. He winked at Trixie and said, "If there's one thing I like better than turkey with your mother's marvelous onion stuffing, it's more turkey with more stuffing. Let's eat right here in the kitchen."

"I'd like that," Mrs. Belden said gaily. "And I'm sure Trixie would, too. She's going to have to clean up when we leave for our drive and listen every now and then at the bottom of the stairs, too, to make sure Bobby is still asleep. I'm all in favor of saving unnecessary steps during an emergency like this."

She and Trixie set the kitchen table while Mr. Belden carved. It was much more cozy than eating in the dining room, and in between mouthfuls, Trixie told her parents about her riding lessons.

"Regan says I'm doing very well," she finished. "Honey told me this morning that he'd probably let me do some jumping in another couple of weeks."

"Fine," her father said, "but don't rush things, Trixie. We don't want another invalid around here until Bobby is back on his feet." He grinned. "Although I suppose that imp is really less trouble when he's in bed than he is when he's running around loose, getting into mischief just about every step he takes."

"For your sake, Trixie" Mrs. Belden added, "I hope Bobby sleeps all afternoon. But if he does wake up around three, give him some pineapple juice and a few chocolate cookies. He didn't eat much lunch." She went upstairs then to take off her cotton house frock and don a cool, white sharkskin suit.

"I want your mother to get a change of scene," Mr. Belden said to Trixie. "Bobby has kept her pretty tied down. We'll drive up the river and have tea somewhere on the road. It'll do her good."

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"I know Trixie agreed. "Don't hurry back. I'll keep Bobby good and quiet. After we've read the comics we can cut them out and play with them. He likes that."

"I know Trixie agreed as she rinsed the dishes and stacked them in the sink. "Don't hurry back, Dad. I'll keep Bobby good and quiet. After we've read the comics we can cut out the animals and play games with them. He likes that."

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She brought the tray upstairs and together she and Bobby waved good-by to their parents from the window. As they munched cookies and sipped the ice-cold juice, Bobby insisted upon hearing what Trixie and Honey had discovered up at the old Mansion.

Trixie waved good-bye to her parents from the terrace, then she tidied up the kitchen, washed and dried the dishes. She had hardly finished putting the last fork away in the silver drawer when Bobby woke up and yelled at the top of his lungs:

"I'm thirsty - and hung-gry! Holp!"

"Okay, Bobby," Trixie called up to him. "I'll be with you in a sec." Hastily she put a glass of pineapple juice and a plate of chocolate cookies on a tray and hurried upstairs.

Bobby greeted her with a fretful frown. "Straws," he said disdainfully. "You know I have to have two straws."

Trixie laughed. "Here's a whole box of colored straws which your friend, Miss Trask, sent you. Red, green, blue, yellow, every color in the rainbow, Bobby. Take your choice."

Bobby squealed with delight. "I'll take a norange one and a labbender one," he said happily. "Labbender is sometimes almost always my very favrit color." As he munched cookies and sipped the ice-cold juice, Bobby insisted upon hearing what Trixie and Honey had discovered up at the old Mansion.

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When you're well I'll take you up there and show it to you.

When you're well I'll take you up there and show it to you if you like.

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I'll let Brian and Mart ride him sometime

I'll let Brian and Mart ride him sometimes

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The next morning Honey came down to the hollow right after breakfast and reported enthusiastically that Jim was an expert horseman and that Jupiter had behaved like a lamb.

"We left the woods and went across country through the fields," she told Trixie, jumping fences and little brooks. It was the best ride I ever had. I wish you could have been with us."

The next morning, Honey came down to the hollow right after breakfast. She was so excited that she burst into the kitchen without knocking. "Oh, I'm sorry," she cried, her cheeks aflame with embarrassment when she realized what she had done.

"Sorry for what?" demanded Trixie, who was alone in the kitchen.

"For forgetting to knock," Honey explained. "I don't know what's come over me lately, Trixie." She giggled. "I seem to have forgotten all the good manners Miss Lefferts taught me."

"Pooh," Trixie said impatiently. "I don't know who Miss Lefferts is or was but I think you would have been awfully silly to knock when you could see me right through the screen door. People in the country don't bother much about knocking, anyway. We usually open the door, poke our heads inside, and yell, 'Yoo-hoo.'"

Honey's giggle changed into loud laughter. "What's so funny?" Trixie brought the breakfast cups to the sink and frowned at Honey.

"Oh, oh," Honey chortled. "If anybody did that in New York City why oh," she interrupted herself, still shaking with laughter, "you couldn't, anyway. Not in the apartment house we lived in. Even if you managed to sneak by the doorman and the elevator boy, you couldn't open a door and poke your head inside. People in New York always keep their doors locked. At least people who lived in our building did."

"Sounds like a prison," Trixie said, still frowning.

"It was, sort of," Honey admitted. "I mean, I used to ride up and down in the elevator day after day with the same people and they never spoke to me, even though we were neighbors, living on the same floor. Sometimes they would smile, but as for yelling 'Yoo-hoo' - She went off into more gales of uncontrollable laughter.

Trixie couldn't help laughing, too. Finally she sobered. "What you mean is that if we'd been neighbors in a big city we might never have met?"

Honey shook her head up and down. "And wouldn't that have been awful? Maybe not for you, but for me."

"For me, too," Trixie said emphatically. "I have lots of friends who live in Sleepyside, but I hardly ever see them during the summer. They seem to forget that I'm alive when school closes. And the funny thing is, Honey," she added frankly, "although I've known those girls since we started in kindergarten together, I don't like any of them half as much as I like you."

Honey gulped and looked as though she were going to go from laughter to tears. "I - I - you - you," she stammered, then quickly recovered her poise. "I just love you, and Jim, too. I wish you could have been with us yesterday on our ride. He's simply marvelous."

"I'll bet he is," Trixie said. "Tell me all about it while I wash these dishes."

"Let me help." Trixie grabbed a dish towel off the rack and pulled a tall stool to the sink. "Oh, I forgot. Regan sent Bobby a present." She reached into the pocket of her jeans and brought out a small box. When she lifted the cover Trixie couldn't help letting out a little yell of surprise. The box was filled to the brim with tiny plastic horses - black ones and red ones and yellow ones. Some of them were trotting, some of them were galloping, and some of them were rearing with manes and tails flowing.

"I never saw anything so cute in my life," Trixie cried. "They must have cost a fortune! Bobby will adore them. It was darling of Regan to remember him."

"That's Regan for you," Honey said, carefully slipping the box back into her pocket. "He loves kids of all ages. One reason is that he didn't have a very happy childhood himself, I guess. He doesn't say much about it, but I couldn't help getting the impression that he had a pretty hard time while he was growing up."

"Maybe that's why he's so good to us, too," Trixie said as she handed Honey another plate.

Mrs. Belden appeared then with a trayful of dishes which she had just carried down from Bobby's room.

"Good morning, Honey," she said. "I'm glad you dropped in. Wouldn't you like to run up and say hello to Bobby? It would cheer him up a lot. I've just given him a bath and dressed him in clean pajamas. He's ready for visitors."

"I'd love to," Honey said enthusiastically. "I have a present for him from Regan." She darted off.

Trixie took the tray from her mother and said, "I'll do these. Honey will help. She'll help with the gardening, too, I know. We won't leave until all the chores are done, Moms."

"Well, thank you, Trixie," Mrs. Belden said, sinking tiredly into the nearest chair. "Keeping Bobby quietly in bed is a full-time job, but I want you to have fun, too. Do whatever you think is most important in the garden. Then you and Honey run along and forget about chores until lunchtime." She gathered up her knitting bag and some magazines and went back upstairs.

In another minute Honey jointed Trixie in the kitchen." Bobby is so cute," she said enviously. "I'd give anything in the world for a little brother like that. And an older brother like Jim would be marvelous, too. He's really an expert horseman. He rides like a centaur. I mean, when he swings into the saddle it looks as though he and the horse were one. Jupiter behaved like a lamb yesterday and you know Jupe."

"I certainly do," Trixie admitted ruefully. "I suppose Jim rose him with a snaffle bit and had him eating out of his hand."

"Well, not exactly," Honey said. "But Jim never had to use the curb. He talked to Jupe for a while before he mounted him, and they seemed to understand each other perfectly. Then we left the woods and rodeacross country through the fields, jumping fences and little brooks. It was the best ride I ever had. I wish you could have been with us."

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Honey helped her with the dishes and the dusting and then they went down to the garden. Trixie showed her how to hill up the potato vines...

Honey helped her finish all the breakfast dishes and then they went down to the garden. Trixie showed her how to hill up the potato plants...

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wondering where the next meal was coming from.

wondering where in the world the next meal was coming from.

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Her father joined her as she was gathering the eggs.

Her father joined her as she gathered eggs.

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So right after supper...

Right after supper...

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if I told somebody else I wanted a bike or dungarees or anything.

if I told somebody else I wanted a bike or anything.

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and that's when the trouble began.

and that was when the trouble began.

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This room always makes me weepy.

This room always makes me feel weepy.

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We could have a long talk about everything and Celia would bring us breakfast in bed the next morning... If you do we'll have an early start for our morning ride.

We could have a long talk about everything and the next morning Celia would bring us breakfast in bed... If you do we'll be sure to get an early start for our morning ride.

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tried to prop her tired eyelids open.

tried to prop her eyelids open.

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a tray heaped high with two delicious breakfasts.

a tray heaped high with two delicious-looking breakfasts.

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He saw us yesterday from his room over the garage.

He saw us together yesterday morning from his room over the garage.

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Jupiter reared impatiently, and, when they had safely crossed... as he worried the bit, and Jim patted his neck soothingly.

Jupiter reared impatiently. When they had safely crossed... as he worried the bit. Jim patted his neck soothingly.

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and he watches every mouthful of food I eat,

and he watched every mouthful of food I ate,

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you could have a nasty accident.

you could have a bad accident.

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How near are we to home, Jim?

How near are we to home, Jim? Do you have any idea?

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"It's nothing," Honey said.

"It's nothing serious," Honey said.

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"Yes," he said soberly. "I'm afraid so. He died this afternoon."

"Yes," he said soberly. "He died this afternoon."

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a pilot bailing out of an exploding plane.

a pilot bailing out of an exploding plane. Pretty exciting thing.

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Reddy barks his head off at everybody.

Reddy barks his head off at everybody who comes.

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That's good.

That's pretty good.

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in the bank under it were the wordsMissing Heiress Sought in Rochester.

in the bank under was written, MISSING HEIRESS SOUGHT IN ROCHESTER.

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She clapped her hand over her mouth as Trixie elbow dug into her ribs too late. 
(That's right, 'Trixie' was written non-possessively)

She clapped her hand over her mouth as Trixie's elbow dug into her ribs. But it was too late.

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who would inherit the estate. A reply to a query in Albany, just received, the story ended, revealed a birth certificate for a boy,

who would inherit the estate. The story ended: A reply to a query in Albany, just received, revealed a birth certificate for a boy,

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That old miser must have -

That old miser -

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"Who's there?" he called out as he heard the loud bang.

"Who's there?" he called out as he heard the bang.

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they located the furnace and hid behind it.

they located the furnace and knelt behind it.

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See, here are their initials.

See, here are the initials.

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They were half way across the lawn when Reddy, pushing open the catch on the screen door with his nose... pretending that he's known all along they were just playing a game...

They were half way across the lawn when Reddy, having pushed open the catch on the screen door with his nose... pretending that he'd known all along they were just playing a game...

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This time Trixie locked the door and slipped the key into the pocket of her dungarees.

This time Trixie locked the door and slipped the key into the pocket of her blue jeans(This change is even more interesting because it was not consistently done throughout the book.)

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for the stillness was suddenly broken by the sound of crashing glass behind them, followed by the cry of an animal in pain.

for the stillness was suddenly broken by the cry of an animal in pain.

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At first Trixie thought something like that must have happened and then as she turned she saw with relief that Reddy was bounding across the lawn.

At first Trixie thought that something like that must certainly have happened and then as she turned she saw with relief that Reddy was bounding swiftly across the lawn.

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He's probably cut to ribbons. Help me catch him, Jim.

He's probably cut to ribbons.

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I mean to get a pointer or a setter.

I mean to get a pointer or maybe a setter.

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I'd missed so much of the fun.

I'd missed so much fun.

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and immediately felt better.

and immediately felt much better.

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Trixie heard Honey gasp and felt the pressure of her fingers on her arm.

Trixie heard Honey gasp and felt the pressure of her arm.

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Maybe this was what Honey's nightmare and premonitions were all about.

Maybe this was what Honey's nightmare and her frightening premonitions were all about.

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His thin lips were drawn back over yellow, protruding teeth, and his eyes glittered cruelly... He moved stealthily along,

His thin lips were drawn back over yellow, protruding teeth; his eyes glittered cruelly... He moved along very stealthily,

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She could feel her breath hissing through her teeth as they crouched together,

She could feel her breath hissing through her teeth as she crouched there,

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Those cat like eyes of his will see them in the dark.

Those cat like eyes of his will see them in the dark. He'll see everything!

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He's stubborn just like all redheaded people.

He's redheaded and stubborn.

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He has no way of knowing that we're all alone in the house.

He has no way of knowing that we're all alone.

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peering at me through that broken upstairs window.

peering at me through that broken window.

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and finally she sat bolt upright in bed.

and finally she sat bolt upright in her bed.

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He won't dare stay another minute now that Jonesy knows where he's been hiding... If only that nasty old stepfather could have stayed away one more day.

He won't dare stay there another minute now that Jonesy knows where he's been hiding... If only that mean stepfather could have stayed away.

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Wake up, Honey! The Mansion's on fire!

The Mansion's on fire!

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Trixie reached across the beds and shook her shoulder.

Trixie reached across the bed and shook her shoulder.

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It'll burn like anything with all that junk in it and it might spread to the summerhouse before Jim could get out. We must call him!

It'll burn like anything with that junk in it. It might spread to the summerhouse before Jim could get out.

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as she called this over one shoulder,

as she called this over her shoulder,

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Jim! Jim!

Jim!

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I'll keep bringing you cans of water and you throw them onto the fire. Maybe we can stop it.

I'll keep bringing cans of water. You throw them onto the fire.

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and stamped out the smoldering embers with her feet.

and stamp out all the smoldering embers that leaped and scattered around her feet.

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The whole room's in flames.

The whole room is in flames.

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Instantly Jonesy's attitude changed.

Instantly, Jonesy's rage increased.

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Whew! My pajamas smell like smoke.

My pajamas smell like smoke.

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"...The one about being in the sealed room with the big balloon pressing down on you?"

"...The one about being in the sealed room with the big balloon pressing down on you?" Trixie watched Honey's face.

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It was terribly quiet in the clearing.

It was very quiet in the clearing.

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"Jim, Jim," she yelled. "It's all right. come on out."

"Jim," she yelled. "It's all right. come on out. It's Trixie and Honey."

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I hoped that now he doesn't have to worry about Jonesy any more...

I hoped that, since he doesn't have to worry about Jonesy any more...

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As soon as I get settled somewhere I'll come back and try to repay you two for all you've done for me.

As soon as I get settled somewhere I'll come back and repay you for all you've done for me.

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she knew she could trust this man, and that he was Jim's friend.

she knew she could trust this man, and that he would be a real friend to Jim.

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If we don't act quickly he may ship aboard a cattle boat anyway.

If we don't act quickly he may ship aboard a cattle boat anyway. We may be too late already.

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He trusts us, you see.

He'd know it was us and he trusts us, you see.

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We'll have a swell time, Trixie! 
(Changing 'swell' to 'wonderful' is interesting, but what I realized is that the exclamation 'Gleeps!' which is so prevalent in the later books does not appear once in either of these versions.)

Oh, we'll have a wonderful time, won't we, Trixie?

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"All by yourselves?" he repeated.

"All by yourselves?" he repeated and shook his head at them.

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