From Damiano's Lute by R.A. MacAvoy (1984, Bantam Books, New York)
Gaspare leaped over a freshet and helped his friend after. His spare face was transfigured, and his prominent eyes stood out. "Is this magic?" he hissed back. "Real magic? The goosegirl cannot see us?"
Damiano nodded. "But that is not to say she cannot hear us talk." But even he could not resist adding, "Well, what do you think of magic -- real magic?"
The boy made an owl face. "It is silly! And in terrible taste. But if it works, it's wonderful, of course."
"Of course. All wonderful things are silly, and most are in abysmal taste."