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- n. a person of below average size
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Instinctively there rises before the mind's eye the vision of some cold winter's morning, and of a shivering small person waking up in the rawness of an as yet unwarmed nursery, or similar dormitory.
It appeared to be a brown-and-orange striped sweater for a very small person with arms and legs in odd places.
Before the eyes of that small person there presently enters an executioner in déshabille, carrying a cup, which cup is – abhorrent vision!
Even a small person like me couldn't go anywhere without being run over by a Wilner; and I could never tell which Wilner it was because none of them ever stood still long enough to be identified; and also because I suspected that they were in the habit of interchanging conspicuous articles of clothing, which was very confusing.