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Is not at all a proper toy for children.
We're not exactly in the nursery now,
I know—though I may soon be there myself.
Unless your living dead man comes to life,
Or is less indiscriminately dead,
I shall go home."

"No, you will not go home,"
Said Avon; "or I beg that you will not."
So saying, he went slowly to the door
And turned the key. "Forgive me and my manners,
But I would be alone with you this evening.
The key, as you observe, is in the lock;
And you may sit between me and the door,
Or where you will. And if that thing annoys you,
Take it, and hide it. I'm not using it.