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Don't let's" said Kathleen

Posted by Miri Barak on October 23, 2003

I would like to know the meaning of Don't let's.
The context from The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit:
Gerald the eldest tells his brother and sister to march and they reach a dark place with steps down:
"There are steps down", said Jimmy.
It is an ice-house", said Gerald.
"Don't let's", said Kathleen.

I have to explain that she is not very brave (as girls used to be depicted in books on those days.

Maybe she means: let's not go any further?

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