Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations
 The orange witch
 Story about Freezig
 Story about apple-pips
 Story about the brownie
 Story about the queen of the...
 Story of Nobody
 Story about fairy Emy's feast
 The last story
 Back Matter
 Back Cover

Title: Granny's story box
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Title: Granny's story box
Physical Description: 85, 3 p., 15 leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Spen, Kay, d. 1887
Lucas, Marie Seymour ( Illustrator )
Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh ( Publisher )
Turnbull & Spears ( Publisher )
Publisher: Griffith Farran Okeden & Welsh
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Turnbull & Spears
Publication Date: [1889?]
Subject: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1889   ( lcsh )
Fantasy literature -- 1889   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' catalogues -- 1889   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1889
Genre: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Fantasy literature   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' catalogues   ( rbgenr )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
Statement of Responsibility: illustrated by Marie Seymour Lucas.
General Note: Date of publication from inscription.
General Note: Errata lists author as Patty Caroline Sellon = Kay Spen.
General Note: "Printed in Germany"--cover.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00065448
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
        Frontispiece 1
        Frontispiece 2
    Title Page
        Title Page 1
        Title Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents 1
        Table of Contents 2
    List of Illustrations
        List of Illustrations 1
        List of Illustrations 2
        Page 1
        Page 2
    The orange witch
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Story about Freezig
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
    Story about apple-pips
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
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        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
    Story about the brownie
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
    Story about the queen of the kangaroos
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
    Story of Nobody
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
    Story about fairy Emy's feast
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
    The last story
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
    Back Matter
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
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Orann's Stort3og.

Y -'NCE upon a time there were three little
brothers, whose names were Bobby, Motty,
and Eddie. They lived together in a poor
cottage with their old grandmother, whom
they dearly loved. She was a good Granny to them,
and took great care of them. She
taught them to spell and to read, and
t to di:g and to weed; and, in the winter
"'^ c.'.. -nings, when the snow lay thick and
d pr- round their cottage for weeks
;,t.: .thier (for they lived in a very cold
country), they used to sit
'round the fire and knit,
.. while their Granny told
them stories. How they
did like that, to be sure!
', They were never tired of
listening to her ; and when
''.; .,' she said it was bedtime,
they could not believe it.
Oh, she had such wonder-
ful stories, this dear old
Granny! She knew the
i ? '. history of all the Fairies
and Elfins that ever were.
St-.- "How I wish the snow
b would come!" said Motty,
S .one winter's day, when they
were all playing together
in the garden.
S.So do I," answered Bobby,
S"with all my heart. I like it
when the door is snowed up, and
'1 we can't get out. It is such
S"And then come the funny
stories, too," said Eddie. I
v.nr I' many hundred stories our Gran
Sknow. s. 'he tells us new ones every winter.
I / h, I v.ish it would snow to-morrow!"
Gran says," said Bobby, "that the old Blue
Witch who rides upon the north wind, brings the snow. She shakes it out of
her feather-bed, when she is in a rage! "



Is that true ?" asked Motty. What makes her in a rage ? "
"Why, the north, wind," replied Bobby.' "It is so rough, and blusters, and
flusters, and blows her curls about, and makes her nose red ; and then she gets
angry, and snows."
"Well, our Gran is very wise," said Motty. "Who would have known that
but her ?"
?'" No one," answered Bobby. She knows everything !"
"Does she know when it will snow ?" asked
E.di,. I il-i we did!"
,L L,-t u. sing for the snow to come," said

R ,A ' .

S..: tIcy sang all together as they ran
lihomie to bed,
"Oh! Oh!
North wind blow !
And bring the snow."

And, only think when they woke
in t lihe morning, the. first thing they
saw was the white snow, which
lay thick on the branches of the
fir-tree that peeped in at their
. window, and all over the
S "The old witch was in a
rage last night," said Motty, in
a low voice, as they were dress-
ing. "Do you think she heard
us ?"
".I don't know," answered Bobby.
And I don't care," said Eddie;
r we shall have Gran and stories

And s:. when it began to grow dusk in
the evening, and supper was done, and the
kitchen put in apple-pie order by the little boys,
and Granny's great arm-chair had been carried
by all three together to the chimney-corner, and
three little stools set round it,.Granny said smiling, What does all this mean ?"
"Now, Gran, you know quite-well !" they answered. And they. dragged out
a large basket from behind the kitchen door, and set it in the middle, between
the stools and the arm-chair ? and Granny said, Are we going to knit ? "
Yes, Gran, and something more !" they answered. So Granny sat down in
her arm-chair,, and stirred up the logs on the hearth with a long stick, which
was her poker, and made a bright blaze. Then she lit a pine torch for a candle,
and stuck it in a hole on the hob; and the three boys took their knitting out
of the basket, and Granny took hers : and she said, Well! "
And they answered, "Well, Gran "
So she began.-


I; ;


W ELL: now, did you ever hear of a house
made of oranges? Well, their, a:- ,ne
once; and it stood in the middle !" a thil -
wood. A jolly sort of house, wasn't it F;u
it belonged to a cruel old witch, wh. lived, .
not upon oranges, but upon little children, .
And she was so cunning, this old witch '
She built her house of oranges, on pur-
pose to entice the little children to
come to it. Then, if they pulled ,
out one of the oranges, the whole '
house came pelting down upon
them, and stoned them to death: -
that made their flesh tender for
cooking : and the old witch boiled
and ate them with great delight.
Now, wasn't that cruel ? But do
you know, I think it served greedy 'f
little thieves right.
Well: there was a village near this
wood, and in this village lived a poor :ol '
man, who had two children. One was ..i
little girl,-her name was Minny,-a:id tihe
other was a little boy, whose name was D:,t.
And Dot and Minny were always t-;,thr, .
they loved one another so much. And tlei t,:,:
. care together of their father, who was very old.
They lit his fire, and made his bed, and swept the
room, and put it tidy ; and did all they could think
of to help him, and make him comfortable. But, at last, the old man



so feeble that he could not leave his bed; and one night he called Dot and
Minny to him, and said, My dear children, I am going to die, and you will be
left to take care of yourselves. I give you one charge : let nothing ever tempt
you to go into the great wood. There lives a cruel witch in it, who devours
little children. Let nothing ever tempt you to go into the great wood. Now
kiss me, my children." And Dot and Minny leaped up on the bed, and kissed
their father, and cried; and in the morning, when they woke, he was gone.
So they lived together, Dot and Minny, and loved each other more than ever.
But they were very. poor, and often very hungry. They hardly knew how
to get food from day to day. Sometimes the neighbours gave them food; some
times Dot and Minny went out and gathered wild fruits, and made a store which
lasted them for some time; sometimes they earned a little by weeding for the
farmers; but when the winter came they almost -starved. One cold day they
had nothing at all. to: eat. Poor little things! they sat on the doorstep and
cried. Three boys passed by; they said to Dot and Minny, "' What ails you ?"
And Dot answered, "'We are very hungry!"
"Oh, come v, itl i.'then," replied the boys. "We are going to get oranges
in the wood.' ,
"Oranges. exclaimed Dot and Minny with one voice.
"Yes, oranges;' there is a heap of oranges, they say, in the middle of the
wood, as big as a hu0i.:. Come, and you won't be hungry," said the boys.
"Father said there' was a cruel old witch in the wood who '..Iuld Lat us' said
Minny. "'He '.v .n: not to go there."
"Stuff! an. .:ld itcl, indeed!" answered the boys, and they laughed. And
one of them ..id I ;.:r'. the oranges with my own eyes last night-such a pile!
but I was a'ra:ii t. -tiay to get them then, it was so dark. Now we are all
going there to e.-t."
May you t.ke them ? asked Minny. Are they anybody's ?"
The boys ..'he,.-, md answered, "May we? We are not going t:.' ask the
wood's leave! they are nobody's."
",Then they are not yours," said Minny stoutly. "I shan't go. Yo.ui':.'in't
go,. Dot ?." '.
But Dot said nothing. Poor boy,! .it was" a hard trial for him.'' He could
:,'t bear to see Minny hungry and pale.
Come; Dot," said the boys. "Minny is afraid t6ogo-jf.t likeiI: a "Jir. You
need not be away half-an-hour. He will come back with hs p.0cl1t full1. illinny."
"Oh, Dot, don't go cried Minny. I v,:ld rather dcie o:f hun r thafi that
you should do wr.n. "
Wrong exclaimed the boys, "you goose Don't listen to her, Dot. You
wouldn't let her starve like a coward, would y,:u .?"
And Dot said, I shall go and see, Minny. There can,- be no harm in that.
And if I see the witch I shall run back to you with all, ,my might. I am only
going to see."
That's right, Dot," said the naughty boys. Show your spirit! "
'Tis an evil spirit," said Minny, if it makes you do wrong. Dot, will you
leave me all alone ? "
Come, Dot," said the boys. "Why, you would have been back by this
time! "
I shall soon be back, dear Minny," said Dot, kissing her; and he ran off
with the three boys, while Minny sat again on the door-step, and cried.




"Now," said Granny, "'tis bed-time."
"Oh, Gran!" cried Bobby, and iMotty, and Eddie, "that's just what you
always do when the story gets
to the part we want most to -
hear! Must we go to bed
this very minute ?
GAnd Gran said, Yes, my
darlings !"
So they jumped up like
good boys, without another
word, and put their knitting
in the basket and their stools
against the wall, and kissed a.--
Granny, and said, A happy
night to you, Gran."
And then they scrambled
up-stairs to see who could be
in bed first, that the morning might come' all the sooner !

How quickly the little boys ran the next evening to drag Granny's arm-chair
into its place by the hearth! and the stools, and the great basket too! But it
was Granny's washing day,
and they had to wait a little
for her. So they sat on their
O stools, and talked.
And Bobby said, I wonder
if. the old witch ate Dot! I
hope not."
"Well," said Motty, "he
j oughtn't to have gone. I
S'-..'hope she did eat those other
naughty boys."
*i And -Eddie said, "I daresay
Sshe made them into a pie."
S They all laughed; and
Motty said, "What is a witch
like, I wonder?"
Yes, I wonder," said
Bobby. "Let's ask Gran;
here she comes. Now, Gran "
And Granny sat down in
her arm chair, and said,
"Well !"
"Please, Gran, first we want
S. to know what a witch is like ?"
said Bobby. "Did you ever
see one ?"
"Well," answered Gran, "I'll tell you. There are a great many kinds of
witches. Some are big, very big, as big as a hayrick; and some are little, no


taller than my hand. Some are red, and some are green, and some are yellow.
Some have one eye in the middle of their faces, and some have snakes for their
hair. Some have long nails, like tigers' claws, and some dart flames out of their
mouths. But there is one mark by which you may always know a witch; all witches
have hooked noses and chins, which just meet, and make them look so ugly."
Like yours, Gran ? asked Motty. Yours just meet."
Mine! answered Granny: "that is not polite, Motty. No, not a bit like
mine. Go on with your knitting, Motty. Now let me see. Where was I ?
Oh, I remember : where Minny sat on the step and cried." Well:

So Dot and the three boys ran all together into the wood : and they ran till they
came in sight of the orange-house. Then they stopped for a minute to take breath.
There's a pile for you said one of the boys. Didn't I say so ? "
It is a pile! said another. I never saw such a thing in my life. Where
could they have come from ? "
Somebody's cart upset, I dare say," said the third boy. They will be
coming for them before long, be .sure. Let us make haste and carry off as many
as we can, lest we should be caught. We may never have such a feast again."
The old witch heard all they said. How pleased she was to see four jolly
little boys falling into her trap !
"Ah, ah!" she muttered to herself, "a feast indeed! I shall have boiled meat
to-morrow, and roast meat the next day, and bubble-and-squeak the third. A
feast indeed !"
She was sitting inside her orange-house like a spider in his web, peeping
through' the chinks, with her one
eye, at the little boys. Now her one
eye was red, like fire; and it shone
very fiercely and brightly: and Dot,
/ I .- S who had been all this time looking
i earnestly at the wonderful pile of
oranges, suddenly saw something
sparkling and gleaming among
"Look! '" he said, in a low voice, as
} ^ :'he pointed to it. What is that ? "
S But when the old witch heard
this, she shut up her eye directly.
Where ?" asked the boys.
S"Oh !" answered Dot, turning
pale, "there! it shone! Oh, I'm
frightened !"
Where ? what ?" asked the boys again.
Oh! it was an eye a fiery eye, in the oranges! answered Dot. It moved !"
"Nonsense!" they replied, laughing. "There's nothing. What are you afraid
of? Why, you are as great a coward as Minny, after all! Come on, you
goose!" And they proceeded towards the orange-house.
But Dot hung back, saying, I saw it move I'm afraid And he thought
of what his father had said about the witch in the wood; and he trembled
greatly. He did not know what to do: he was afraid to stay behind alone, and
afraid to venture near the cause of his alarm. So he followed the three boys at



a little distance; and when they drew close to the orange-house, he stayed
behind some bushes, to see what would happen.
The biggest boy advanced boldly and seized an orange in each hand, and
the others did the same. In an instant the whole pile came clattering down
upon them, pelt, pelt, pelt; and, not content with that, the oranges jumped up
and down, and went on pelting, as thick as hail-stones, till they were bruised and
broken in everylimb.
Then, 0 horror!
the most hideous old
witch you ever be-
held, with a fiery eye
as big as a pumpkin,
and a nose like an
elephant's tusk,
sprung out of the
midst, with four
great meat-hooks in
her hand. She stuck
one into each of the
little boys; and then,
looking about her,
muttered, "I thought ,
I sawfour of them !" a
How Dot did
tremble and quake,
to be sure! He was
too frightened to -
move. He thought -, .
the old witch would
fly after him and
seize him if he tried
to run away. He -.
could just see her '
through the bushes;
but luckily, she did
not see him: so,
stamping with her
foot on the ground,
the earth opened,
and she went down
into it, dragging the three boys on the hooks after her: for you must know, that
the witch's kitchen was under ground. Then the earth closed again; and, to
Dot's great surprise, the oranges, which were scattered all about, began to move,
and to be very busy. Dot thought this was rather funny, and he watched to
see what they were going to do. And what do you think they did ? Why,
they built up the orange-house of themselves, just as it was before. For, you
see, these oranges were not common oranges: they were bewitched.
Then Dot saw how it all was: and he thought to himself, "What an escape
I have had indeed! How could I have been so naughty! 1 Minny said true
enough when she said it was an evil spirit that tempted me to go! Poor Minny!
and I left her alone to cry I must make haste back to her to comfort her."



So Dot began to run, as fast as he could, away from the horrible orange-house.
But he did not know the way,-for he had never been in the wood before,-and
he ran, and ran, first in one path, and then in another : and evening came on.
and it grew darker and darker, and still he could not find his way out of the wood,
And then he felt very much frightened; and he thought that perhaps the whole
wood was bewitched, and he should never be able to get out of it again. At
last it became so dark that he could not even see any path; and the thick bushes
seemed to him like monsters all around, stretching out their arms to clutch him.
He sat down under a great pine-tree and cried for very fear. 0 Minny! he
exclaimed, my Minny I shall never see thee more Oh, how could I ever
be so foolish!"


There he sat and cried in the darkness. At length the Moon came out from
behind the black clouds, and shone down upon the wood, and through the
branches of the pine-tree, and upon the tear-drops on Dot's cheeks : and he
looked up, and it seemed like a kind friend come to comfort him. And while
he looked he thought,-yes, he was quite sure that he saw a face, a live face,
in the Moon : and it smiled at him. And the longer he looked, the more sure
he was that it was looking and smiling at him. And then it nodded at him,-
yes, it certainly did So he spoke to it, and said, 0 good Moon "
And the face answered, smiling kindly, "Well! "
"Will you help me ? said Dot.


"Yes, I will," answered the kind face; "but you must give me something if I do!"
I will give you anything I have," said Dot; "but I have so few things.
There is my three-legged stool: will that do ? "
No," said the face, "that won't do."
"My yellow mug," said Dot; "only it has no handle."
No," answered the face, that won't do."
I have nothing worth giving to any one," said Dot, sorrowfully. I am poor."
Yes, you have something I want," replied the face. I have often looked
at it through your cottage window at night; and I want it.
Promise me, and I will bring you safe back home."
"0 yes, yes!" cried Dot, "you shall have it, whatever
it is !" And he thought to himself, I dare say it is the
brass warming-pan that hangs against the kitchen wall "
So then the kind face smiled again, and said, Look up
at me, and go where I point! And a long finger, like a
cow's horn, came out of the Moon and pointed ; and Dot
followed .the way in which it pointed, and it shone upon
him as he went.
And when the first streak of day-light came up the sky,
the Moon drew in its finger, and nodded to Dot, and said
good-bye. And Dot found himselfjust out of the wood, and
soon came in sight of his own cottage. How glad he was !
Minny was not sitting on the door-step, however.
"She is in bed, and asleep, I dare say," said Dot to him-
self. He peeped in at the window. There hung the brass .
warming-pan, shining as brightly as ever.
He opened the door, and sprang forward to kiss his darling-
Minny. "Minny! I'm come back!" But Minny was gone !

And you must go," said Granny to her three boys.
Oh, Gran! Oh, a little bit more, Gran! We shan't be
able to sleep for wondering what has become of Minny,"
they cried.
"Perhaps the moon will tell you, when you are in bed
if you go like good boys," answered Granny, kissing them. And away they ran.




Well," said Granny, as she seated herself in her arm-chair, the next evening,
with her boys round her, did the moon tell you where Minny was ?"
"Oh, Gran, no !" cried Bobby. "We lay awake such a long time looking at it;
but no face came in it to speak to us."
Ah! said Granny, that was because you lay awake, instead of going to
sleep like good boys !"
"Oh, Gran, make haste and tell us, please!" said Motty. "We want so
dreadfully to know! Was it her that the face in the Moon wanted ?"
"Well, Motty," answered Gran, that was not a bad guess." Well, then-

You must know that when Dot left Minny crying on the door-step, it was
about mid-day. Poor little
thing! she thought her heart
S-- would break when she saw Dot
S' go. She dared not follow him:
S ..' not because she was afraid to
go into the wood, but because
she was afraid to do wrong.
S She sat there, looking in the
way that Dot went, and hoping
-! '' that he would come back. But
.. when an hour passed, and then
another, and another, and no
Dot came, she was alarmed,
and her tears fell very fast.
g Oh, Dot, Dot!" she cried,
s come back come back to
.Minny!" But Dot did not
S.. w hear her. He was far away in
t- the deep wood. And it grew
.. dark, and evening came, but
no Dot. Still Minny sat on
-- the door-step, hoping he would
S...d come. She could not go in
S, and sleep till he was safe back.
And the night crept on.
She had had no food all day;
and now she was very hungry,
and very faint, and spent with
crying. Her head grew giddy, and she could not sit up any longer. All her
strength seemed gone: she sank down from where she was sitting, and lay on
the ground, with her head on the door-step. She thought she was dying. At
last all sense and power of thought forsook her, and she fainted away.
At that very moment the kind face of the Moon peeped out from the dark
clouds, just above where Minny lay, and looked down on her in pity. It had
often looked down upon, and loved her innocent face, as she lay sleeping on her
little bed within the cottage. And now it sent down a bright moon-beam, which
took her up gently and softly, and carried her to a beautiful little star, close by
the Moon. And in this star was a most lovely little palace, all of glass; and on
a golden bed in the palace Minny was laid. There the gentle moon-beams shone


on her, and sweet airs fanned her; and she awoke from her faint, and wondered
where she could be. "Dot! she exclaimed, "where are you ? am I dreaming ? "
Then the moon-beams brought her.food in vessels of-light; and she ate and
was refreshed. And she rose up and wandered over the palace, and through
the beautiful gardens round it-still not knowing whether she were dreaming or
not. And when, at length, she was quite sure that she was awake, she wondered
very much how she came there, and where the cottage and the wood were gone.
And there she lived, among the flowers and the birds, and the kind soft
moon-beams. Her pretty star Was
full of lovely things,-such things as.
she had never seen before,-and the .
gentle moon-beams played around '\
her, and waited on her. She wanted
for nothing. She was never hungry
or cold now.
But she mourned for Dot: she
could not forget him. She thought '
he must have fallen into the hands -
of the cruel witch, and she often wept ,
for him.
Every night the kind face in the -
Moon came to see Minny, and kissed -
her; and one night it saw the tears ;
on her cheeks, and said, Why do you
cry ? Are you not happy to live with
me ? I love you, little Minny!"
And Minny answered, "0 Dot, I .: '
Dot! let me go to Dot!""
Then the kind face said, "When
Dot is good he shall come up to ..
And what was Dot doing all this
time ? Poor boy! when he found that Minny was gone he was miserable
indeed. He sought her everywhere; but no one had seen her. Then he said,
" It is a just punishment to me. How could I leave her! Oh, my Minny!"
And he shut himself up in the cottage and lived there all alone, mourning for
his fault. And every night the kind face in the Moon looked down at him
when he slept: and at length, when it saw how sorry he was, one.night it sent
down the gentle moon-beam to carry him up softly in his sleep to Minny's
star. And when he awoke he was clasped in Minny's arms!

That's all," said Granny.
Oh, how nice! cried the three boys.
"And they always lived in that little star, Gran, did they ? asked Eddie.
Yes," answered Granny. And if you look out of a night, you'll see that
very little star, close by the Moon. Now good night, my darlings! "




" OW, Gran," said Bobby, the next. c'-i',, "open y..i r tlti N and bring us out a new t,:r.. How'-' many st.ric-. have y:,iu g.t in
there, Gran ?" ,
[ "Well'" a' _crei Granny, "I never. ntel." ,
Pl:-a e, G rai ," -. id! -, p :tc ,. .I L is
your story-box ? Itu bri r tu big to

-"A replied Granny, "'that's a
.. secret! N'of r miis" Lib-r i-g t. r-
box -is.?
".Gran A is ,tir.i uw e shall gi.: t: it," sa.:i
Eddie,"' if she tI is a t h r it i.r '-
Grianny smiled a and i-ver-ic, I d,1,'t
think:you wV -,ohii b,= .I'- t':,-, o 'il .: it,
even if you :ne, rI -r i tas .,.iBut it
" .s nearly,.em :,pt b, ii timi e.
; Oh- no. Gran '' thc'- Ired
\\el!. I ill 'Le," ..a M L. F1t, _
_:me more log Elbbv, :vid w\e'll mal.:e
"uI, tht= fre., lt' bitter ._d to-n
teeth chhtI-
Gran," said 1A ,:,tt\'.." \that :...Xs it
so old" '"
"Did I nevertell you about Freezig ?"
nr: :i w asked Granny. "Well, then, that shall
come out of my story-box to-night. But
we must get warm first, or it will turn us
to icicles. It is a story to make one's
teeth chatter."
"Oh, tell us about Freezig!" cried Motty and Eddie. And Bobby came
running in with a great armful of logs, which he threw on the hearth; and

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the bright flame blazed and crackled up the chimney, while the little boys drew
their stools close round it.
And Granny said :

Well: once upon a time there was no such a thing as snow, or frost, or
pinching cold. How
far back that time
was, I can't say; no _
one recollects it. But
it was so. And people
lived all the year
round in the bright
warm sunshine, and
there was no such
thing known as a fire
in those days. They
cooked their food in -
the sun.
Well, you must
know that at that i -
time there was war '' o
between the Elfins
and the Goblins. dn "
Now, the Elfins were D
the good spirits of .
the earth, and the
Goblins the evil ones.
The Goblins were cruel, and spiteful, and mischievous, and did all the harm they
could to mankind. While the Elfins were gentle and kind, and always ready
to help and do good to men.
The King of the Goblins was called the Great Kobold. Oh, he was such a
monster as you never beheld! He had no legs: his body was like a great huge
ball, as big as this room; and instead of walking, as people do, he rolled.
He had also a pair of wings, and he could fly. It was a funny sight, as you
may think, to see him fly!
Then his head-that was an astonishing thing! It was just like a porcupine,
all over long black spikes, except in one spot, where he had a hole for a mouth.
As to a nose, Goblins don't have noses, ever. His eyes were about a thousand
in number, one at the tip of each spike, and he could see a mile with each.
His arms were long and shiny, like snakes, with pincers at the end, instead of
fingers. And what do you think he used them for ? To pick out little children's
eyes! There was nothing the Great Kobold liked so well as a dish of pickled
eyes. Ah! you may well turn pale. It was very horrible, wasn't it? But the
Great Kobold cannot do such things now: he was punished for it at last.
Well: the Great Kobold took for his wife the Red Witch of Mount Cotopaxi.
She was a fire-witch, and darted flames out of her mouth and eyes when she
was angry. And they had one son, whom she called Freezig. He was not a
much greater beauty than his father, only, instead of being black, like the Great
Kobold, he was perfectly white, spikes and all, and looked very much like a big



They thought him the most lovely creature that ever was seen, for there had
never been such a thing before as a white Goblin. And as he was an only son,
they spoilt him dreadfully, and let him do whatever he liked; so that Freezig
grew up to be the most evil and wicked of all the Goblins. Oh, he was so
spiteful, this Freezig! even the other Goblins hated him; for he tormented
everything he'came near,-it was his delight,-and when he could find nothing
else to torment, he tormented the young Goblins of his father's court, pulling
out their spikes, and pinching them with his pincers, whenever he pleased;
while his father and mother laughed, and said that their: Freezig was such a
lively Goblin !
And now I must tell you about the Elfin King. He was very unlike, the
Great Kobold. He was small and taper, and covered witlhpllden scales.: He
had one leg, on which he hopped ; and silvery wings, on which he flew, as swiftly
as a little humming-bird. He lived chiefly amorithe winds, and.falling in love
with the Blue Witch, who rides' on the north fnd, 'he mad-'her,his queen.
But he did not know then what a tempestuous temper she had,, orI believee he
would have thought twice about it. She was nearly as' passionate as the Red
Witch,.. of Moint Cofopaxi; and
whenever these. tw:Q;gi;tches met,
they 'quarrelled so violently that
it produced a hurricake.
Now, the Elfin king hi o'one
inIost beautiful little dbauter.
tShe had, goldenthairdow.n her
S feet, and ;her, smiles re like
i .the flors V of spring. e was
ii_ heariot delight. He lto! ,he
m6,it tuder care of and
could hardly bear her. to be out
of his sight for! a monment. She
e m t owas very tiny ,so t i n yo 'that she
could sit .ok 'his ,and, and he
gave hkr a'little chariot of a
single pegrl, which was drawn by
twelve butterflies. And he called
her Snowig.
How he did love her, to be
sure and she him! What she
liked best of .all was to sit upon
one of his wing' .when he went
out ying. It as so pleasant,
; .mounting up,ip, up, ever so
high, and seeing all the beautiful
thingst-hat,,e.,to be seen, among
the stars, and the sunset clouds; and then to sit upon; the rainbow, and come
gliding down on it to the earth again. Oh, that was most delightful!
But, alas! one unlucky day, when the Elfin king was gliding down the rain-
bow with Snowig on his wing, the Goblin Freezig saw her. He was sitting in
the midst of a thick bushy oak, on the top of a hill, watching some little
children who were playing near; for Freezig liked pickled eyes as much as his



father did. But when he caught sight of Snowig, and her golden hair shining
in the 1un, lie For.;ot the pickled eyes and
everything else. As s:n ./ -c ~ was out of
sight, he e hlimen t, his mother,
the Red \V\ ith, .. ,t a'1d cried:
_"Mot.. I have seen the
most lot. thing that
ever asv; A little tiny
create e, with golden
ha-i r down to her
feet,antd -. .- -". her smiles
.. .were like
.o.'the flowers
.. .of Spring.

I must h.ve ...
"My son," .... ......
Witch, "you do not know what you ask. It
Elfin king."
"And I am Freezig, the -r.n .of the,- Grat
Kobold," he cried, in a p-': ii "i a d:l I lihall
have what I please! I .'.. l.-:te Sn.. : ,
I will have Snowig;
get her for me! "
Well, well, there,
be quiet," answered /
his mother, there's
a good Freezig, and
I will see about it."
So she pacified him, -M
and he went out eye-
huhting again.

"Now, you must -. -.
go sleep hunting,"
said Granny to her
boys, "and dream
about Snowig."
"Oh, Gran! will
Freezig get her ?" "
they asked. "We .
hope not !"
"Ah!" said
Granny, go to
bed "

hlie t".:o my own! "
answered the Red
is Snowig, the daughter of the


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Now," said Granny the next evening, I know you are all agog to hear what
happened to Snowig, so I will go straight on."

Well: so Freezig went eye-hunting again, as I said; but he could think of
nothing but the lovely little daughter of the Elfin king. Not that he loved
her; no, not a bit! He loved nothing; he could not love, for he had no heart.
But he wanted her for a plaything, because she was so pretty, and to have
her for his own, to tease and torment her. And he could not rest, he coveted
her so. And when he had amused himself enough with eye-hunting, he took the
eyes home to his mother, who pickled them.
Then he -siid, M.:.th,: r, v. h.iii hall I Ih:i c Snri, ig?"
"I don't :no, i th R-d \Vitch., . e stirred up
the vinegar. It Ill b -. har matter to get
her, my dear F:- "Ie he ,s lirl- ever out
of her father's halit, w.i ,e m s a thcr, the Blue
Witch of the !nrr in-. o iik greatestt
"I don'ttr,. a.ALre. Freezig.
" I must and i vl I.,h
And the good!" R d \V\it.: replied,
"The only ,,. hen th, r. willbe
any chance .. .. ill be
when sher _e. ee out tn e.r chariot
alone. But V that iz 4.1 [d.i.:lOm-
only when e 1t ,.r and
mother are 1A~o... -ig.LI must
wait till t .
Oh, I canl t vat. I can't
wait, I can't ..-,. ,id Free-
zig, rolling .b., t in rage.
"I won't eat, I :,n't drink,

till you get me Snowig!" and he took the dish of pickled eyes and threw them
all about the chamber.
"Oh, Freezig, Freezig 1" said his mother. There, there, don't take on so!
I tell you, you shall have Snowig as soon as I can get her."
"What's all this !" cried the Great Kobold, rolling in. Ha pickled eyes!
how good! how good!" and he picked them up one after another with his
pincers, and ate them all. Then Freezig began to cry, because there were none
left for him. Ah, he was thoroughly spoilt, wasn't he! So at last,, when his
mother saw there would be no peace till he had what he wanted, she took him
out riding with her on her fiery dragon, saying that they would go and look
for Snowig.


Now, it unfortunately happened, that that very afternoon the Elfin king and
his-queen had been invited to a grand banquet in the Sun, and Snowig was
" left behind in the palace. So she went out into the palace gar-
dens to see them go, as they went up in their mother-of-pearl char-
iot, attended by all their train. It was a pretty sight, and she
wished she could go too; but she
,J <* t.oO young to go out to
~~ ', 1 b aolu ets.
-. \ .: n.. she could see them no
,r ". .ger, she said to herself, I,
~ I.... ..il go out in my chariot."
-.'i aved a little silver wand,
111td .auid -
S e C hiariot, come !
They're all from home,
.,1 dI will roam :
0 pretty chariot, come !i
e. Ain tI ee chcarniot c.une to her directly, drawn
b ht t t L -w bLtterides, all harnessed in gold.
F l thi; aittl -,ilver wand was a fairy
.:. that .he c father had given her, with
[i h die coild call anything to come to
her, and it came.
o So she said to the
...~. butterflies, "Take me
up to that pretty little
white cloud." And
they flew away up in the air, and bore her to the white cloud, where she
amused herself with watching the other clouds, as they chased one another down
the sky, and ran races.
But before she had been there long, she saw something very odd-looking
appear in the air, coming towards her. It was not a cloud : she could not think
wThat it was. It was very bright, fiery red, and green, and yellow, and white: and
she looked and wondered, till it came near. Then she saw the Red Witch on
her dragon, and Freezig, with his thousand eyes, which sparkled with delight.
There she is he cried. Ha! now I shall have her !"
And the Red Witch whispered,
"We won't frighten her, for fear the Elfin king should hear her scream. Go
to her, Freezig, and gently ask her to come with you."
So Freezig spread his wings, and flew to the little cloud on which Snowig sat.
She did not know what this strange creature was which stood before her, but
she thought he was very ugly. So she said, Who are you? "
"I am Freezig," said the Goblin, looking as pleasant as he could.
"I don't like you, then," replied Snowig. "Go, Freezig!" And she waved
her silver wand. But it had no power over Freezig.
"I shan't go," he ansivered. "I shall stay here as long as I please."
What do you want?" asked Snowig.
I want you, pretty Snowig," he replied.
Me !" cried Snowig. Get away, you ugly Freezig! I don't like you
at all "



Don't you ?" said Freezig. I'll make you like me Say that you like me,
instantly, or I will pluck out every one of your golden hairs !"
Oh! oh! cried Snowig. I like you !. but oh, oh get away !"
S"Yes, I will get away," he replied; but you shall come with me.- Come with
.me directly, or I will pinch'out your eyes!"
"Oh! oh! cried Snowig, terrified. "I can't come with you! Leave me, you
wicked Freezig !"
Then Freezig, in a rage, seized Snowig by her golden hair in his pincers, and
said, Can't you, indeed!" And spreading his wings, he flew back with her
to where his mother was waiting for him.
Snowig screamed and struggled with all her might and main, but Freezig held

her tight: and the fiery dragon flew away with all three to the palace of the
Great Kobold.
Now," said Granny ; but the little boys all cried out,
0 Gran, that is too hard This one night let us stay up till the end! and
it is New Year's night, too!"
Well," said granny, I'll tell you what-as you always do go at once to
bed when I tell you, like good boys, I will give you a treat this one night, and
you shall stay up till the end."
0 good, dear, kind Gran!" they exclaimed, jumping up and kissing her.
"That is jolly!"
Perhaps I know of something more jolly still!" said Granny, rising, and
going to the cupboard. And what should you think she brought out? Why
a great basket full of rosy-red apples! and she set it down in the midst of the
little boys.
"Well," said Motty, I don't know wkich I like best, stories or apples!"
And Granny went on-


Well: the banquet in the Sun was over, and the guests returned home; and
the Elfin king and his train among the rest. Now, it happened that on their
'vnv they pased close by that very little cloud
In v hi.:h Fre-.:ig had carried Snowig.
S. And tl'.re her chariot still was: for
SFreei had forgotten that in his
....Ii\tIrtv to seize her.
\\ by, what is this?" cried
the Elfin king. "My
Snowig's chariot!
SWhere can she be?"
.-'" "Where, in-
.... deed said the
".' f'^'N -" Blue Witch in
alarm. "She must
have. come here
in it, but she
could not go away without it. She has surely been stolen away."
0, my Snowig!" cried the Elfin king, in great distress; and he bade his
train hasten with all possible speed to his palace, to see if she were there.
Alas it was too true! Snowig was nowhere to'be found.
The Elfin king immediately sent out his Elfins in every direction to seek
her : and the Blue Witch herself set off on the wings of the wind to hunt for
Woe, woe!" she cried in fierce anger, woe be to him who has stolen
our Snowig! I will punish him! I will pound him in a mortar when I
find him!"
She visited all the four corners of the
earth, and the poles: she tra.,:-ed thll,-
Zodiac, and the Milky Way: she i:,-,=.,,:
into every star, little and big: she ,ni
called in at the Moon, to find Sr,,vig :
but no Snowig could she find.
"Where can she be! exclaim. -d
the Blue Witch, at length, .:- ,
she stopped to take breath f'.:.
a moment. Suddenly she recol-
lected her enemy, the Red Wit. b
of Cotopaxi.
"I dare say she is at the
bottdrm of it! "she thought.
"and that Goblin Free-
zig!" And away she .
flew to the Great Kobold's .
palace. _.. .7"
It was now night: and
the whole palace was
lighted up; for the Great Kobold was giving a ball. The Blue Witch peeped in at
the windows. There were all the Goblins, as merry as could be, dancing away. In



spite of her anger she could not help laughing: it was such a ludicrous sight.
For Goblins, you see, not having feet, don't dance as we do; but they roll
and spin about, and sometimes lose their balance,
and roll right over. It was more like a i:,- atL .
ball, than anything else. And above all. that
Freezig! It was beyond anything to -:-., him
dance. For he was so conceited, thinking himin-. I
such a beauty, as he did! and gave him-rit" th.. "
most absurd airs. It was the funniest thin-i t:
see him making a bow, when he asked .a lad -
Goblin if he might have the honour-ugly thin-., .
he nearly rolled over-while the Great Kob.,ld and I
the Red Witch looked on, and said ther- n'ver
was such an elegant Goblin as their Freez! '
But the Blue Witch looked in vain for Sn:,.i
she could not see her, and began to thinly th.t ''
perhaps she was not there, after all. But .t '
she was about to fly away again, she heard Fr..-- .
zig say-
"When we go to supper I will show y.. ...
something wonderful! So she waited a liltli. i'.
longer, to see if this something wonderful. -
could be Snowig. ;k '' _
Presently the Goblins all went to
supper. There were all the good -:*-' ..
things in the world that Goblins like- .
"Eye. of weasel, tail of rat,
Toe of toad, and tongue of cat,"- ,.
to say nothing of pickled eyes! And
in the middle of the table was a
big Pie. Nobody but the Red .
Witch and Freezig knew what was
in that.
Well: so the Goblins feasted '.
merrily a long time; and at last Frczig said, "Now for
the Pie!" And the Red Witch .laughed, and said, "Ah!
the Pie yes, now for the Pie !"
Then Freezig took a large knife, and cut open the Pie; and, stand-
ing upright in it, was Snowig, baked alive!
When the Blue Witch beheld this sight, her rage knew no bounds. She
took a thunderbolt in one hand, and forked lightning in the other, and fly-
ing into the midst of the feasting Goblins, hurled the thunderbolt at the
Great Kobold, and pierced the Red Witch through and through with the
lightning, and destroyed them both in an instant. Then turning to Free-
zig, she seized him, and plucked out his wings, and all his spikes, in her
fury: and rolling him before her into the palace yard, she threw him into
a huge mortar which stood there, and pounded him to dust. And the
north wind scattered the fine white dust of cruel Freezig all over the earth



that night; and wherever it fell .it chilled the whole air, and killed the
smiling flowers, and the fresh green grass. And the people called it
And since then, every year, at that time, the shivering ghost of Freezig
wanders over the world, doing penance for his crime. And wherever he
passes, the earth turns pale and freezes.

-- " ".--L "'.


THE next evening, when the three little boys were sitting on their stools,
waiting for Granny to come, Bobby said,
"Well, now we know how it comes to be so cold! "
"Yes," said Eddie. That cruel Freezig! how glad I am he was punished."
"So am I," replied Bobby. But I was sorry for Snowig. I wish she
had not been baked."
"What horrid things Goblins must be, to like such suppers!" said Eddie.
" Motty, what are you doing ?"
Motty was very busy with something in his lap, meanwhile. ".I am count-
ing my apple-pips," he said.. "I kept them last night to play with. They are
such funny little things."

answered Granny. "A bigger
me about the Apple-pips :"

one than mir

"1 wonder, said Eddie,
i ow they got into the
-pples !"
.' So do I," said Motty. I
.a_- thinking that last night."
Gran knows, of course,"
:a.:l Bobby. She will tell us."
A.-d just then Gran came in.
S.' thev asked her.
"Well," said Granny,
"I'll tell you the history
of that. It is what few
S people know. My great-
grandmother told it me,
sitting in this very arm-
chair, when I was not
much bigger than you
"Had she a story-box,
Gran ?" asked Eddie.
"Ah, that she had!"
ie. And this was what she told

Once upon a time there was a Count, who lived in an old castle; and he had
twelve sons. And these twelve sons were all so much alike, that it was impos-
sible to know which was which. For they were all the same height, and all
spoke with the same voice. They all had flaxen hair, and blue eyes, and
straight noses, and little peaked chins. The only difference between them was
in their names. And I dare say you would like to know what these were.
Ein, Zwei, Drei, Vier, FUinf, Sechs, Sieben, Acht, Neun, Zehn, Elf, Zwblf: these
were their twelve names.


Now these twelve little boys were just like a flock of sheep-wherever one
went, all the others followed. And because Ein was the eldest, he took the
lead; and, being very mischievous, he was always getting into scrapes, and his
eleven brothers with him. And all little boys know that it is easier to get into
scrapes than to get out of them, as Ein and his brothers found.
W ell: it hp- p.:ned that the Coun, t '.'.s

on bti` i- tli,' .- f t im ,oit-
anc,. --, _1 I'd V a .:. bliL ,..
tt- t l.:.e it ith

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Guta, whom he left to take care of his children. She was very aged, quite an old
great-granny; and hobbled about, leaning on a stick. She was almost deaf,
too, and her sight was failing her. Indeed, she found it a hard matter to look
after twelve turbulent boys. For, you see, they liked nothing better than play-
ing her a trick; and so, the first. day the Count was gone, she lost them all.
Nowhere could she see or hear one of them. All twelve had vanished. How
she did hobble about, to be sure, looking into every hole and corner; calling,
and coaxing, and threatening, but all in vain ; till, at length, as she passed a
row of brewing-tubs in the court-yard of the castle, turned upside down, she spied
a little boot sticking out from underneath one of them And when she came
to look, she found under each tub a little Count. Oh, how greatly displeased
she was! ".Is this a game for little lords to play at ?" said she, shaking her stick
at them. "Now you will all to bed this very moment!" So. she drove them
up-stairs before her, and put them all to bed, and locked the door, and put
the key in her pocket. And she said, nodding to her stick, "They are all
safe for this one day at least. Never were such little Turks "
Now, you may suppose, the little boys did not much like being pur to bed in
the middle of their fun. So as soon as the old woman had locked the door, Ein
hopped out of bed, and all the others followed his example. And they danced
upon the floor, and played at giants with their bolsters. And while they were at
this play, Ein said, How I wish we could beat the wall down Let us all try!"
Now the room in which they were was panelled, and the panels were very old ;



and, as the little boys battered hard at them, hone of the panels gave way,
and fell in.
What is this ?" cried Ein.
There is a h61e:here!.".
S"And -tep,_ too,; in the.
wvaill"' said Zwei, -'-,i'i;'og in.
"Let us go down, and-see!"
cried Em. "W'.aX'a capital
.'; hiding -plac !" ..
It'- di.rl,' said Drei, peep-
,in:g d,:. n.
,t "-Never mind the dark !"
S. .. said Ein. We can feel the
way. I'll go first."
So, as Ein:.went first, all
the others followed; and they
scrambled through the hole,
one after another, and went
grQ-pii'. down the st'-p, which
wu nd round and: rf6nd in the
",... old castle wall. IDown they
fj,., -' "went, pushing, afid' feelin ,
f ,'r nd laughing, and ti[umibling;
.' down still, and lower, sand
'4 lower, and lower down.
: "Where are you:, Emn ?"
'said Zwei, who was .nxcxt him.
Here," replied E n. **Are
you all safe?"
S "Yes, all safe," said-'Z:iAlf,
who was the last. ,
S" Where can we. 1.., coming
tn I t 'icl ]iinf WA mlmc- he nnadrF'irunl n" .. -'-

So I think," answered Ein. "We have come down more thal- a hundred
steps already. What fun this is "
Oh, I am afraid .cried Zehn, one, of the younger ones. "Suppose some
Hobgoblin should pounce upon us "
Suppose no such thing!" said Ein boldly. Here, let us all take hold
of hands, then we shall feel safe."
So they joined hands all in a string, and went on, down, down, still lower
and lower down. There seemed to be no end to the steps.
When they had gone down some hundred Ein said, I think that we must
be coming to the very heart of the earth! '
Had we not better go back ? said Zehn, who did not like the dark.
"Go back No cried Ein. We won't go back till we come to the end.
There must be something at the bottom of these wonderful steps."
I am tired," said Zehn. I cannot go down any more."
"Let us all sit down a little while on the steps, then," said Ein. "How
old Guta will wonder'where we are She can't follow us here !"
That is the best part of it," said Zwei.



And she thought us so safe, when she locked us in !" said Sieben.
How good that is! cried Fiinf. She did not know there was a hole in
the wall!"
"She will be bringing our dinner by-and-
by," said Elf, and find no one to eat it!"
"What fun cried Fiinf. "And how she
will look under the beds, and. patter with her 4 -
stick on the floor! "
They all laughed heartily. But just at that I
moment, a most terrible sound was heard, like
the roar of thunder close to them.
"Oh! cried Zehn, trembling. What was *
that ?"
Even Ein was frightened. Then followed a
deep stillness. The little boys sat squeezing
each other's hands tight, trembling and silent,
and afraid to move. After a long time Ein
"We will go up again, I think; to which
they all agreed. So
Zw61f, who was the last,
turned to go up the steps.
But he found no way.
There was nothing but a
wall. The steps were gone-
Go on, Zw6lf! said Ein im -
"I can't," replied Zw6lf. "The re
are no steps. It is stopped up !'
Nonsense said Ein. It is
only that you are frightened. Here, let me go first."
Go, if you can!" answered Zwolf. "We are
blocked in."
And, indeed, Ein found it so. A great mass of rock
had fallen in, just above where the little boys sat.
"What shall we do?" they all exclaimed in a
great fright. "We shall die here 0 Guta, Guta "
they cried. Good Guta! come and take us out!"
Now it was their turn to call, and get no answer.
They called and screamed in vain. Guta could not
hear them. For, indeed, they were far away from
the castle, down in the depths of the earth. Oh,
P what shall we do they cried, wringing their hands.
ell Let us go down, since we can't go up," said Ein
at last, trying to regain his courage.
S "The Hobgoblins will eat us cried Zehn. "They
live down there, I am certain. Oh, what shall we
: do! "
It must have been a Goblin that made that dreadful noise," said Zwolf.
"Oh, what shall we do!"



Suppose we fall into some pit, or dragon's hole! said Elf. Oh, what
shall we do! "
And the little boys all cried again lamentably, "Oh, what shall we do!"
There is nothing else to be done," said Ein, except to sit here and die.
Which is best ? "
None of them knew. At length Ein said : "Well, I will go first, alone, as far
down as I can go safely, and see what the end of these steps is; and then I will
come back and tell you all. Won't that be a good plan ?"
"0 Ein! and suppose you
are lost; what will become of
LI'. then ?" said they.
"I don't see that we have
mach choice anyhow," said Ein.
But since I led the way here,
I will lead the way out or die! "
"0 Ein, Ein! dear brave
Ein!" they cried.
Yes, Ein was a brave boy,
-with .all his faults; and he
Sth.-Lught more of their danger
.' than his own, now that there was
real danger.
Good-bye!" he said. "Pluck
up heart! I shall not be
long gone! And he set
.- 1i off down the dark wirid-
*.. 4' ing steps, carefully feeling
." his way. His brothers sat
still on the steps above,
listening to the sound of
his feet, which, at length,
they could hear no more.

s.aid Now," said Granny,
S"I have come to a good
stop, and you must go,
my darlings."
How sorry the little boys were!
"Just in that dreadful part!". they
said. Now, Gran, you do that on
purpose "
"To be sure!" said Gran. "It makes the story all the more '.inter-
esting !"




"Now, -Gran," said Bobby, the next evening, "make haste, please, and tell
us what happened to Ein. I like Ein ; he was so brave!"
"So do I," said Motty. I hope no harm came to him."
"Don't you think that mischievous little boys deserve the trouble they make
for themselves ?" asked Granny.
0 please, Gran cried Motty, mischief is only boys' fun !"
"That may be," said Granny, "but you see it is not old women's fun!
Think of poor old Guta's distress when she found all her little lords gone!
Think of what mine would be if my three boys served me so! It would
go nigh to break my heart."
"Ah, Gran! you know we could not play you such a trick! said
"But where are the apple-pips, Gran! asked Eddie. "You have not come
to any yet."
"Oh, they are coming !" replied Granny.
And the three little boys smiled eagerly, and drew in their stools close
round Granny's chair, that they might listen with all their might. And
Granny went on :

Well; I told you that the castle in which the Count lived was very old.
It was very old indeed; more than a thousand', years, it had stood there.



No one knew who had built it; but it was believed that it had once been
in possession of the- Goblins,. artd that Bogaboo, the- cousin of the great
Kobold,had lived there. And
people said that somewhere,
underneath the castle, was a
cavern, with a deep pit in it,
in which he used to boil little
boys, instead of potatoes, for
; his dinner.
S ':'' The twelve brothers had
often heard, old Guta talk of
this and they thought of it
now, as they sat on the steps,
in the dark.
Suppose Ein 'should fall
into the Goblin's boiler! Oh,
how they did wish they had
never come down these horrid
steps !
They sat there, anxiously

listening for Ein's return. A long time they waited, trembling and silent; but
no Ein came back. At length Zwei said-
"I see no use in our all sitting here to die. I am the next. I will go
down and see if I can find Ein-or, at least, discover what has become of
0 Zwei!" exclaimed the brothers, do take care!"
"I will take care!" he answered. "If there is danger, I will come back
at once and tell you. Don't fear for me "
And so he set off very cautiously, feeling his way before every step. They
listened till they could hear him no longer, and waited in great anxiety for
his return. But some hours passed, and no Zwei returned.
"This is dreadful!" said Drei. "I can bear it no longer. I may just
as well die at the bottom of the steps as at the top. I shall go after
So he went down. Again they waited ; but in vain. No Drei came back.
Then Vier followed, and then Fiinf; and one after.another, all the rest, till only
Zehn, Elf, and Zwolf, the three youngest, were left.
"What shall we do?" said they at last. "Let us go and die all to-
So Zehn, Elf, and Zwblf, holding one another by the hand, began to go down,
down, down, still lower and lower down. Still there seemed to be no end to
these mysterious steps, which wound round and round in the depths of the earth
like a corkscrew.
They had gone down more than a thousand in silence, when suddenly Zehn,
who was foremost, cried-
"Oh! Oh! I am slipping! Save me!" The next moment Zehn, Elf, and
Zw6lf, clinging to one another, fell all together into the Goblin's boiler. ;.I
It was a black slimy pit, and at the bottom of it were many bones. There
lay Ein, Zwei, Drei, and the rest. One after another they had all fallen in.
So you are come at last 1" said Ein. Oh, oh, I am covered with bruises "



"So am I!" cried each one.
"What is to be done now! said Zwei. "We are worse off than we were
before! This must be the Goblin's boiler "
See, look! there is a light 1" whispered Zw6lf. "What can it be ?"
A dreadful sound was heard. The most horrible you can possibly imagine.
It was like the scream of a peacock,
a.ind th .,grol I a bear, and the cry
",: a hyenia, and thi- hissing of a
nake, all [lit t,:,:ether. It was
the G, blin B,,.abo,.. He was
,iI,'i. fI : "c,/iilii- #
"-,~1a a brown Gob-
li,; and instead of being
quite a ball, like the
," 9i,,r,-1aIt Kobold, his
I:,.,ly was pear-
-. iaped, all in
On, and his
h a d was
pointed. And
-in his hand he
1IIel M a fiery ser-
"pent which
*.ved him for
a candle.
He looked
down into

r the pit.
''! -" _criedhe; "a

wretched little boys. "Oh,
steps "

fine dish of
my dinner !
there will
be enough
to fry for
supper af-
terwards !
and he
roared with
d e I i g h t.
TlIhn rollingaway
.2air they heard
him say, "They
I.re afe there till
.'.- : I :nI back !" Al~, ~h went to his
,:,vern t, tel hi ife anid daughters.
"Oh, how terrible!" cried the
would that we had died at the top of the



How they trembled and wept! It was such a dreadful end, to be mashed
and fried for Goblins to eat !
"0 Guta, Guta!" they cried, in deep remorse. "Oh, if we could only get
away from this horrible place we would never.play. any more tricks! "
Now I must tell you that Bogaboo had twelve little, daughters-the prettiest
little Goblins in the world. They were brown, too, like him; but very small and
elegant; and they were the pride of his heart. He never could refuse them
anything they asked. And when he entered the cavern they all came spinning
round him, to hear what news he had to tell. So he told them how he had
found a bushel of little boys in his boiler all ready to be cooked; and bade
them take their buckets and make haste to fill it with water.

Away the twelve little Goblins spun,
full of joy, to do his bidding; and they
soon stood round the boiler with their
twelve little buckets, and peeped down.
And as they peeped down, the little
boys peeped up; and Ein cried,
0 what dear darling dinky things;
what ever can they be ?"
They must be little Fairies come to
help us," said Zwei.
So they must !" said Drei. "You
dear little things will you ? "

How we shall love you if you will! said Ein. You shall come and live
in our castle, and be our little wives! "
Well, the little Goblins looked at one another, and did not know what to say.
They liked mashed potatoes, it is true; but flattery was sweeter still. They
paused before emptying their buckets.
What nice little boys they are! whispered one little Goblin to her sister.
So fair and noble-looking !" whispered another.
And how prettily they speak whispered a third. I could not have the
heart to eat them "
Nor I," said another. It would be quite a pity."
Let us ask papa to give them to us for playthings !" said another.
So we will! they all cried ; and throwing away their buckets, they spinned
back to the cavern, leaving the little boys, who had heard what they said, in
a state of great suspense.

It's bed-time," said Granny.
But the Apple-pips, Gran said Eddie.
Ah the Apple-pips said Granny.


m. 4


Gran," said Motty the next night, as he planted his three-legged stool in
front of her, and seated himself on it, I've been thinking."
Have you ?" asked Granny. "Well, and what do you think ?"
"Why, Gran, this: How is it that now-a-days people never see goblins,
or elfins, or witches, or
brownies ?"
How do you know they
don't ? asked Granny.
One never hears of it," -.
said Motty. "And when.
you tell us about them you
always say, Once upon a
time.'" .
"Well," answered Granny, .. ..
"and what of that ? For,
indeed she did not quite "
know what to say.
"Why, when I come to
think of it," said Motty, it .
seems to me that there are
no such things now. Are
You are a little boy,"
said Granny, "and you don't know much. If you did, you would be wiser.
I'll tell you this, however: a relation of my great-grandmother saw a brownie
once with her own eyes."
Did she ?" exclaimed the three little boys. 0 Gran! what, here ?"
Yes," replied Granny. She stood on this very threshold."
O Gran tell us about it, please !" they cried.
One thing at a time!" said Granny. I shall keep it till Apple-pips are
Well: So the little Goblins all danced round their papa, and begged him so
hard to make them a present of the twelve little boys, that, cannibal though
he was, he could not refuse them. Besides," as he said to his wife afterwards,
" they will soon get tired of them, and meanwhile we can fatten them up."
So in great glee the young Goblins ran to fetch a rope, and letting down one
end of it into the boiler, they all took hold of the other, and held it fast. ,Then
they called to the little boys to come up one by one on the rope.
"Who will go first? asked Ein.
"You,". said Zwei. "You came down first."
"Not I," replied Ein. I will see you all out before I go myself. Let Zwslf
go first. He is the youngest."
So Zwblf, very glad indeed at the thought of getting out of the horrible pit,
took hold of the rope and began to climb it. But all the little Goblins together
could not bear up against his weight, and as the edge of the boiler was very
slimy, they lost their footing and slipped.
"Oh, you monster !" they screamed. "Let go "
It was too late: in they fell.
Oh, what fun!" cried Fiinf. "Here they all come tumbling down, just as
we did!"



The little Goblins shrieked with all their might; but the boiler was too deep
for Bogaboo to hear their tiny voices. They shrieked in vain. At length, one
of them, more sensible than the rest, stopped and said-
What is the good of shrieking ? Let us open the trap-door and see if we
can creep out."
Now the trap-door was a hole in the bottom of the boiler, by
which they let the water out of it-; and it was fastened up with a
little door. The little boys could not see this in the dark, of
S I-t help :.u d..ar little dinky things !" said
ti,-,. S. tlh i fc id ab-iut for the trap-door, and tore
.t ,:,1.,-''. It .-.,.id into a I.-.i- nUilaOW passage, quite dark,
and s.:..: ,- th:t th- little I:.,-.... -,, re obliged to creep one
l:, :, .1.': it, :i their hain.l-: .and knees. On, on, such a
.. ln .. t- l. thi..;ht it quite a: long as the thousand
'-tep.. T-I'-ir hearts were beginning
.',' t il tli:nim,'. hen to their great joy
'. ia l ltl L i-:-,arn of light appeared at
Sl,,- nd. Hi.ow pleasant it was to see
t, !i 't day once more!
D.t, behold! when they
-'--" reached the end, and
peeped out, there was
nothing but a great
deep lake to be seen I
"Oh, we shall be
drowned!" cried the
.small Goblins.
S "What isto be done?"
"We can swim,"
said Ein. "Let us
each take one of the
little dinky things,
and swim away !"
So we will!"
cried the boys. So
Ein took a little
Goblin and seated
her on his head, and
said, Hold fast by
rn, v hair; now then !" and,
-ciing a leap he sprang
into) the lake. And all
the others did the same.
The little Goblins thought this was fine fun, and they
laughed and nodded one to another, as they sat on their
boats, going over the lake. They liked seeing the world
very much; for they had lived all their lives in the heart of
the earth, and had never seen daylight before. And they said to the little



Where is your castle ?"
And the little boys answered, We shall come to it soon!" But they did not
know that they were at the other side of the world. For these wonderful steps
led right through .the earth out to the Antipodes, where the Fays live.. And
here they were come.
So they swam on till they came in sight of some rocks. And these
rocks, instead of being like common rocks, were bright and clear, like glass;
and when the sun shone on them they glistened with all the colours of the
rainbow. Then Ein said,-
"What land is this that we are come to ?".
And the little Goblin who sat on his head replied, It is the land of the Fays.
Is your castle here ? "
"No," said Ein. I never was here before."
Presently they reached the shore-the twelve little boys and the twelve little
Goblins-all safe. Then the boys said,-
"What shall we do in this strange land ? Do Fays eat little boys ? "
And the Goblins answered, No; but some of the Fays are very fierce if
they are made angry."
We must take care not to be mischievous," said the little boys.
Let us climb these rocks," said Ein, and just peep over."
So they began to clamber each with a little Goblin on, his head. For the
Goblins thought this was the safest way of travelling. It was no easy matter,
either, to climb the glassy rocks. The little boys went slipping and sliding
back at every step.
Hold tight! they cried to the little Goblins, "or you will be off! "
At last, by dint of many struggles, they reached a small opening in the rocks,
near the top. Ein reached it first. He peeped through-
Oh, how beautiful !" he cried. Come all of you and look "
And they all peeped, one after another, and cried, Oh, how beautiful! "
Now what should you think they saw ?

Go and guess," said Granny, kissing her boys. "You will see nothing half
so beautiful in your dreams, I know "

"Now, what should you think they saw ? said Granny, the next night, as
the three boys eagerly gathered round her.
Oh, we don't know, Gran!" they cried. "We hardly knew how to wait
so long. Please to make haste and tell us "
"Well," said Granny; "but what should you think ?"
"We don't know what to think, please, Gran! they answered.
Well, but now, only just try to imagine "


0 Gran how you do love to tease us said Bobby, laughing. We have
tried with all our might; but we can't think of anything except what you have
told us before."
"Oh, it was not like any of those things," said Granny. "It was some-
thing quite new. Now, what could it be ?"
Please, Gran," they all cried, do begin and tell us."
"Well," said Granny. "Let me see. Where's my knitting ? Dear me! I've
dropped a stitch. Isn't that tiresome! "
"O0, Gran! said Motty. "It is too bad to go on so !"
"Very bad indeed," said Granny. "I do not know how I shall pick it up
again. It is a thing that requires patience. You have not a little to spare me,
either of you ?"
They could not help laughing.
"Now, Gran," said Motty, "how could you ask us, when you had just taken
away all our patience!"
"I ?" said Granny. "That is good! excellent, I must say !"
"Please, Gran, don't! said Bobby.
"Don't what?" asked Granny. "Not go on'with Apple-pips? Why, what
odd boys you are I thought you were so anxious to hear!"
So we are they all exclaimed.
And yet you say, Please don't!'" said Granny. What am I to do ?"
"O0 Gran, you know quite well! said Motty.
"Please, dear Gran, do go on!" said Eddie, beseechingly.
"Well," said Granny. Let me see,
then. On,., tv.o', three, four. Yes,
e:;.:tly. That is the very one I
dropped. I think I shall get it
J ) J':,, now. Ah, my old
"Gran, Gran!" cried
-t Bobby, and Motty,
and Eddie, all to-
in dgether.
"No fear of my
n forgetting what my
name is!" said
Granny, laughing.
"Oh, what are we
to do ?" said Motty
in despair.
"That is just what the little Counts asked, when they sat on the steps," said
Granny. "It is a difficult question to answer in some cases."
Well, I never knew anything like this !" said Bobby.
Nor I," answered Granny. "Patience is such a rare virtue "
"Please, Gran!" said Eddie, "is it of any use to ask you to go on ? "
"As much use as many things," replied Granny. Some things are use-
less, you know. For instance, a pitcher without a bottom !"
The little boys were suddenly silent, for some reason. Bobby looked at
Eddie, and Eddie looked at Bobby and Motty both; and then they all looked
at Gran, and Gran looked very funny.



Ah said she. \" Now I wonder if it was that that the little Counts saw ?
Did you ever see such a thing ?"
"0 Gran !" exclaimed Motty, "how did you come to know that ?"
"To know what ?" asked Granny.
That we took the bottom out of the pitcher," said Motty.
"You told me so yourself," replied Granny.
"I !" cried Motty.
"Yes, just this moment," answered Granny. "See how busy conscience
"0 Gran! if you only knew what we did it for!" said
"What did a youi d.- it for a? a d Grat i v.
"We were plt:iyin.g at appIf-- sifs" said Ed sie
"and the pitcher wa- the Goblirn b, iler.
And I was B igab,. d, d Bo bb as th,
twelve little Counts, a,. .
Motty was tih, twelve little t t k
Goblins. And tdhe b,-tt, i. i
of the pitcher xa:, the trap-
door." i
"Indeed aid Gra nny.
"And did B13 bbv a d
Motty fall into the -
pitcher then
"No, not quit an.
swered Eddi%:;
"but they pre
to." -. -
that was
how the bottom of my pitcher came out, was it ?" said Granny. --
"It was a pity that did not pretend too !"
So we thought afterwards," said Motty. "You see, Gran, it made it more
like the thing itself to make a trap-door in it."
"I don't see," replied Granny. It does not make a pitcher more like a
pitcher to take the bottom out of it !"
A pitcher, no! said Bobby; but it was the Goblin's boiler."
"But it was my pitcher!" said Granny. "If this is what comes of my
stories, I shall be obliged to lock my story-box up."
Oh, Gran, no! cried the three boys. We won't do it again, indeed! "
It came out so easily," said Motty, "it must have been coming before. We
only helped it a very little."
"I have no doubt you did what you could to assist it! said Granny. "I
thought I heard a most wonderful noise in the kitchen this.morning!"
"That was Bogaboo screaming," said Eddie. "He was coming."
"And if you had only seen him, Gran!" said Bobby. He was in the meal-
"The meal-bag!" exclaimed Granny. "Worse and worse! What became
of the meal? "



"We put it into the kettle, Gran, till we had done, and then we poured it
back," said Motty. '
"And that was what made the. water .so thick to-qi,hIt!". aid Granny. "I
could not imagine what it was." .
"Yes, Gran said Eddie. "We did riot know .,..2t t:I h,:-'pl.aup.]L:hi'ri K when you
poured it out and said, 'Dear me, what ever makes the water so .:nuddy to-
n eight !' .. / A l p -r.
You ri'Wuec!1" 3s Gram(I "- L'V d- pray lIhat else di:l- c.'caboo-do?"
He i'llied 'ab:if-'thie kit( -' B' :;-:'.' id Ifll irit, the clothes-
bal.:_t : arId 1' had.J t -.iJ and ,i. ,- 1t ,i: A; tied up to
hi rnci:.:i in thi- ba.:- an rd ,.:.ilco d n.:.t help lim -ET''.is; :. r
SAnrid \\e h b ri:p toi hit- t' i ,c hi .i.-.b, id..l Motty,
b .... F bct- e sa . ehi e- 4 -it \ia- Lsu:hi fun! "
H-' did -.u -'..i.f oa, the lake L. asked

w -g la.s said Eddie,
-1.Th-.i. ,~it it to say,
a- Bn A Iotty
s- wa., a.p,:,n the floor,
mi' t, ,.r viini lc,-, to the
S 'dre-Ise..ri and thie dresser
-.w3as the .nla-t,cks;, because

I' lled ,- Granny.
A\d do Vou nbean to say
that ,ou clirdbed up on

PNt I," answered
Eddie, "for I was Bo-
-ab,. sittiig in my

"F'i licasa

wife," said Ed-
die, was the

I which you poke
-.f .. ,,the fire with.
And I talked
t6 it, and said,
juNM love.'
:\Andso Bobby and
Mottv got up on the
':a S. rocks!"' said
Granny. -Pray are all my
wine-glasses safe? "



"Yes, Gran," answered Motty. "But we very nearly knocked them
over. For, you see, we were struggling about on the dresser like the little
"Then, when we got up there," said Bobby, "we peeped into the sugar-
bowl, and cried, "How beautiful!' But after that we could not get any
further, because you know we don't know what came next. Now, Gran, will
you tell us ? "
"Well," said Granny, "perhaps the sugar-bowl can tell what came next
better than I!"
"Oh no, it can't, Gran !" said Motty ; "for it .. --
was empty!" ..'
"What a fortunate thing !" said Granny.
So we thought," said Motty. For, really, i -- /
it would have been very hard to help taking a
little pinch when we were so hungry." i
"Hungry!" said Granny. "Why, you had .', > ij
just had your breakfasts !"
"Ah, but we were the little Counts and
Goblins then, you know, Gran !" said Bobby.
Oh, I see!" said Granny. To be sure.
Why, my boys," she exclaimed, looking at the
clock,- it's bed-time! See what comes of
taking the bottoms out of pitchers'! "
"Well now," said Bobby, as they ran up to
bed, "did you ever know such a thing! To '
get no story after all! "
"I never did !" said Motty. Eddie, how
could you go on talking so ?"
I!" said Eddie. "It was Gran !"
"We won't speak a single word to-morrow
night," said Bobby, "then Gran will go straight
on. That stupid pitcher "
"Very," said Motty. "But, however, there is
one comfort, that we shall always have a Goblin's
boiler now! "



Well! said Granny the next evening, what a capital thing patience is "
But Bobby and Motty and Eddie pressed their lips tightly together, and said
Ah, now!" exclaimed Granny. Really, if I have not dropped another
stitch I Too bad, isn't it ? "
Still there was no answer. The three little boys knitted away busily.
Why, how very odd it is that you have got nothing to say to-night!"
said Granny. Perhaps you do not
want t.- !n:O'. ;, hat the little Counts
saw ? I dr.-: .y -v u do not care to
hear after all!' -.., /
Thi-. .ias t':" .' n.ach for Motty.
"t ~'' , I1, exclaimed ;
tC c '..' suddenly recol-
lecting ., himself, he shut up
his lip ; qui te tight again.
Granin smniiled. "Well!"
she ad. "since I can

find nobody
' to converse
with to-
night, I may
7 as well tell
myself the
rest of
Apple pips,
for my own
You need
not listen,.
you know, if
you don't
So she

- W\Vell : now the
S'-- the Fa'vs was the most
..p-:.t tiat mortal eye
held. It was a low deep
every side by these high,

pointed, glassy V\ rocks, which glistened, as I said, in the sun-light,
with all the colours of the rainbow.
The whole valley was one beauteous garden. Wherever you looked, you could
see nothing, and nothing, but flowers and fruits,-such flowers and fruits as we
never see on this side of the world,-so large, and wondrous, and beautiful.


valley' osl
1 .:. .: I v
ever be-
vale. shut

in on v-



The flowers grew up as high as trees, and the blossoms of some were as large
as an umbrella. As for the apples there, they were each one the size of my
head; and they shone upon the trees, just as the planet Mars does in the sky of
a frosty night, red and bright, like fire. And the pears were as big as pitchers.
And through the valley, in all directions, flowed gay and sparkling streamlets,
not of water, but of the purest, sweetest wine; and it was rose-coloured. And
thousands of little gold and silver fish sported in these streamlets, and leaped up
in the happy sunshine, and kissed the tiny humming-birds which fluttered in the
Oh, if I had but a Fairy's tongue, to tell you what it was like! No other
could describe the beauty of this place. As for the little boys, they were quite
overcome with wonder and delight.
It is as good as a feast to look at it! said Ein.
I never saw such a sight! said. Zwei. It would be a pity only to look at
it, though. I am very hungry !"
Indeed, now they came to think of it, they were all very hungry. For it was
a great many hours since they had breakfasted in the castle with old Guta.
The little goblins, too, were hungry; for they had lost their dinner, you recollect.
And the sight of such apples and pears, one may suppose, increased their
appetite. And it is a curious fact, worthy of remark, that this is the only point
in which Fairies and Goblins resemble us-in their liking for all manner of
sweet things.
"Well," said Fiinf, "can't we go down ? I see no Fays."
"No more do I," said Ein. "Where can they be ?"
"Perhaps they don't live here," said Zwei. "Just look at those apples! We
could all make our dinner off one !"
Lovely !" said Zw6lf.
Won't they burn us ? asked Zehn. "'They look so fiery "
It is only the sun shining on them," replied Ein. I really think we might
go down. I see nothing to be afraid of. And we can slide down so beautifully!
Come, I'll go first! "
So, with one consent, the little boys and the little Goblins began to descend
into the valley of the Fays. One by one they squeezed through the opening,
and slid down the glassy rocks. Never was such excellent fun! How they
laughed as they come slipping down, one over the other, spinning and rolling
all the way to the bottom The little Goblins screaming, too, as they did, for
fear they should be crushed !
But they all got safe. And, oh! the delight of running about, all over'this
beautiful garden, when they got there There was nothing to mar their pleasure
there-no Gutas, no Bogaboos. And they capered hither and thither, and
played hide-and-seek under the flowers, and leaped over the rose-coloured
brooks, and caught the little humming-birds, and let them fly again. Oh, they
were so happy! And at length they reached a round grassy plat, in the middle
of the valley, where the apple-trees grew.
Well! I think it is time to sit down and rest! said Ein, as he threw himself
on the grass. Then he said to the little Goblin who sat on his head, Would
not you like to come down now ?"
And she answered, Thank you, I should !"
So he seated her on the grass; and all the other little boys did the same
to their little Goblins.



What a jolly place this is, to be sure! said FUinf.
Isn't it! answered Zwei. I should like to live here all my life! "
"Fancy now, if the Fays were to come and find us! said Drei. What would
they say, I wonder ?"
I can't think replied Zwei.
What are the Fays like ? said Ein to one of the little Goblins.
I do not know," she replied. We have only heard of them."
Papa says," said another of the little Goblins, that we-that is the Goblins
-lived once on the other side of the world ; and the Fays came and fought
against us, and drove us all into the heart of'the earth."
Why did they do that ? asked Zehn. It was very rude of them."
Very," said the little Goblin. They .don't like us. And now all the
Goblins live in great dark caverns in the middle of the earth."
Have they all got boilers ? asked Zw6lf. Perhaps that was why they were
driven from the earth."
I cannot say," she replied. I-was only born a little while ago, and know
very few things."
;" Don't you think it's time to eat ? said Fiinf, looking up at the beautiful fruit
over his head.

" Why, yes! "

answered Ein. Suppose we see what these apples are like "
So saying, he sprang up, and
climbing one of the trees, plucked
a great apple, and threw it down.
His brothers shouted with glee,
and ran towards it, when, to their
".f _astonishment, a little door flew open
in it, and a tiny being, all head and
.' i legs, leaped out. His. eyes were
bright and shining like diamonds;
and they sparkled fiercely at the
little boys.
How terrified they were !
S It must be a Fay! they cried;
and away they ran as fast as they
could go in all directions, leaving
the twelve little Goblins on the
grass-plat, in their fright.
Nobody knows what the Fay did :
f but when, after some time, the little
boys gained courage to draw near
I to the grass-plat again, he was gone.
And the twelve little Goblins lay
S there, dead.

.. Good-night," said Granny to her
How very sad said Eddie.
I could almost cry. That wicked
Fay! "



"A capital plan that was of ours!" said Bobby, the next night when they
were waiting for Granny.
Excellent! said Motty.. Gran didn't see it a bit! "
Didn't you like that part of the story we had last night!" said Eddie.
" It was the best of any, I think. How I should like to have seen that
garden !"
"So should I," said Bobby. "But I must say I felt very sorry for the
little Goblins. Did not you, Motty ? "
Yes, I did," replied Motty. Yet, after all, they were only Goblins. Do
you know, Bobby, I think that, somehow, these little Goblins are the Apple-
pips !"
Do you ? asked Bobby.
Yes," answered Motty. I have been thinking so all along. They were
just the shape, if you remember; and pointed heads, and brown, too, and
very dinky. I am nearly sure that they will end in being Apple-pips."
Well, now said Eddie. That is very clever of you, Motty I should
never have thought of that. Only Apple-pips don't speak."
Ah, because they are dead-dead Goblins I mean,'.' said Motty.
And do you mean to say, then," asked Bobby, that all Apple-pips are
dead Goblins ? I don't see how you make that out. There are only
"Well," replied Motty. "I don't know myself. But I cannot help
thinking what I think. We shall see. Now, Gran, please We are so
patient !"
Are you ?" said Granny, as she seated herself in her arm-chair, and smiled
at her little boys. Suppose I try how true that is ? "



"0 no, no, Gran, please they all cried eagerly. "We want so terribly
to hear what came next! "
Indeed !" said Granny. I thought there was not much patience on these
three stools Well, I will take pity on you to-night! "
So she went on:
Well: the little
Counts were very much
shocked, as you may
think, when they saw
the twelve little Gob-
lins lying dead on the
grass-plat. Theylooked
about on every side to
see if the Fay was near,
but he was quite gone,
S' and all was very still.
So at last they ven-
tu.red towards the grass-
plat again, and gathered
round the poor little
Goblins, and looked at
-. What a wicked
thing said Ein, in a whisper. "What did he do that for ? If I ever find that
Fay I will punish him "
"That we will!" they all exclaimed, but in a very low voice; for indeed,
they were exceedingly frightened at the Fay and his deeds.
I do not see the good of our staying here," said Ein. Perhaps there are
Fays in all these apples he added, looking up in alarm at the ,hundreds
over his head, which shone and glittered in the sunbeams as if they were
"They must be the Fays' houses," whispered Zwei. Suppose they should
all fly out upon us "
Yes, indeed !" said Finf. I do not much like staying here."
Where shall we go ?" said Ein.
Oh, anywhere, out of this place! answered Zehn. "Do make haste! I
am so frightened."
"Well," said Ein, I think we had better climb the rocks on the other
side of the valley, and see what we can find there. But we will not leave
these poor little dinky things here. We will take them and bury them some-
Let us each take one," said Zwei.
So the little boys each took up one of the dead Goblins, and turned to leave
the fatal grass-plat. And as they turned they saw the great apple still lying
there, out of which the Fay had leaped. The door was open, as he had left it;
and Fiinf stooped down and peeped in.
Oh he exclaimed, what a dear little house! It is full of little rooms,
and no one in it. Let us take it with us "
But how angry the Fay would be, if he were to see us carrying it away "
said Zehn. Pray don't!"



"A fig for the Fay said Ein. He killed our little dinky things, and he
shall give us his house to put them in. It will hold them nicely."
"Yes," said Zwei, "so it will!" And they took up the apple and examined

See, there are just twelve little rooms!" said Ein.
little dinky thing in each."
"O0 pray, pray make haste !" cried Zehn. I
am trembling all over! The Fay will certainly
come after us "
So they put a little Goblin in each of the
chambers of the apple, and shut the door And
Ein said, We will carry it by turns.
Now, then, let us come."
They all hastened away, through the
valley, to the rocks on the opposite ,
side, carrying the Fay's house with -
them. And before long they were
clambering the glassy rocks again.
I shall be glad when we get out of
this place said Zwei, as he climbed.
"I don't like it as much as I did."
"No more do I," said Fiinf. "It is
very disagreeable to think that one
cannot even pick an apple without a 14
Fay flying out of it!"
"Very," said Ein. "And how ugly
he was, that old Fay, wasn't he ?"
"Hideous!" answered Fiinf. I
wonder if they are all as ugly! I
would not be all, head and legs, like a
spider, for anything !"
"Oh!" cried Zehn, in an agony.
"Look! look behind you! Oh, the
Fays the Fays !"
The little boys had nearly reached
the top of the rocks-Zehn was the
hindermost. They all turned quickly
as he screamed; and, oh! what a
sight met their eyes! A whole army
of Fays burst forth from the apple-
trees,-out of every apple a Fay,-
and in a mass they came leaping
through the air towards the little boys. -!
For the Fays can walk and jump in
the air, you know, just as we do on the 7
earth; for having no bodies they are '"
very light. It was a dreadful sight, -"
indeed, to see them come leaping like
this, for they were in a great fury; their eyes sparkl

"Now we will put a

ed like lightning, and



the noise they made was like the booming of an angry swarm of hornets. And
at their head was the very Fay.
Oh !" exclaimed Fiinf, we are lost !"
And on they came, trooping, by hundreds and thousands, in a great cloud,
over the heads of the little boys.
"What ever are we to do?" cried Ein, in alarm.. "This is as bad as the
Goblin's boiler !"
We shall certainly die now," said Zw6lf. I wish we had died long ago
for my part. It would have been better to have been quietly boiled, than to
be torn in pieces by these fierce 'Fays."
"O! O! O! O! O! O! O! O! O! O! O! Oh!" screamed the twelve
little boys, with one voice, as, the next instant, the furious Fays descended
upon them, and seizing them by the hair of their heads, carried them up in
the air !

"And there they must hang," said Granny, "till to-morrow night."

.- 7.'

"0 Gran!" exclaimed Bobby, the next evening. "Pray do not leave the
little Counts any longer in the air!"
Granny smiled. Well," said she, I will not keep them or you any longer
in suspense ; it is a trying state, under any circumstances."
And especially," said Motty, when one is hanging by the hair of one's head !"
So Granny continued :



Well: you may imagine how the little boys kicked and screamed at being
carried up in the air like this. But it was of little
use; for the Fay- p eose-s _uper-human strength,
and carried them aiav a; it th ld \ -
been feathers. *
And up they fl,-iw, s1hal:i.g the
little boys angrily : or they h1 d
been watching thi,.-m all tile tiime
te -y n b a
in the valley all re er t,:l
enraged at their tal:- ..
ing such libeti es.
And the chief -f,t tlhe
Fays was b .nd
furious; for
it was he . .
who lived in
the apple
which Ein
had pluck- -

"The little I
wretches .
he cried. ,.4- f-
T hey shall
be buried in
our deepest
And this --
one, he who .-
dared to
pull down mi i,,.: i-, he small be
mogridilificated '
Now, what this was, Ein did not know; but he was sure it was something
very dreadful by the sound, and began to think how he should get out of it.
And it occurred to him that if he dropped the apple as they went through the air,
the Fays would not be able to tell which had been the culprit, as he and his
brothers were all so exactly alike. So he let go the apple, and it fell among
the glassy rocks and rolled away.
By-and-bye the Fays alighted on the summit of one of the highest rocks, and
the chief of the Fays called out,-

"Open rock! open wide!
That we may put these little boys inside!"

And the top of the glassy rock flew up like the lid of my snuff-box, and the
little boys saw that it was hollow within. Then the Fays dropped them in
and followed them. When they had all descended into the glassy cavern, the
angry Fays gathered round the little boys. And the chief of the Fays said



Where is he who tore down my house and stole it ?"
This is he," said one of the Fays, pointing to Zehn.
"No, this is he! said another, pointing to Fiinf.,
Pardon me," said another of the Fays, but this is he !" and he pointed to
Zwei. I saw it in his hand with my own eyes !"
You mean in his hand," said another, pointing to Elf.,
_" You are all wrong !" said another, pointing to Drei. 'Twas he "
"Now, that it was not!" cried another Fay. It was this one. I marked
him !" and he pointed to Zw6lf.,
"Well," said another, "I think now that it was this one !". and he pointed to"
"It was not he, I assure you!" said another Fay. It was he," and lie
pointed to Acht;,," I know, for I looked well at-him "
"You are mistaken," said another. "It was this one, as sure as I am a Fay!"
and he pointed to Sechs.
"He!" cried another. "'Twas this one I tell you !" and 'he pointed to
"Excuse me," said another Fay; "but I am -positivliy certain it was this
one, and no other !" and he pointed to Vier.,
"It was no more him than it was me cried another. This was th6. one !
the very one!" and he pointed to Neun.
And they squabbled so loudly about it, each quite certain that h@ was-right
and all the others wrong, ,that at last the chief of the Fays called out,--.
"Hold your peace! They shall all be mogridilificated !"
And with that he sprang up and wheeled twelve times round in the air, over
the-heads .of the terrified little boys. And as he wheeled round and round-he
Twelve times round I go:
Mo-gridil-abbis !
Twelve times leap like this :
Be every boy a rabbit!"

And as he uttered the words, the twelve little boys became twelve little
white rabbits, with pink eyes. And while they gazed on one another in astonish-
ment, the Fays all rose up and leapt out of the cavern, and the-top.of the glassy
rock shut down again.
The little boys hardly knew how to believe themselves; they all sat round
in a ring. on their hind paws, and laughed at one another.. They could still
speak-that was one comfort.
Well! said Ein, "if I be I, as I suppose I be, this is the oddest thing that
ever happened to me!" .
It beatsanything aid Fiinf. "Only to think of Actually being a rabbit! "
"A most ridiculous thing!" said Zwei. "I cannot help laughing. You do all
look so funny .
"Yes, and feel funny too said Drei. "I cannot fancy that I am a little
No more you are !" answered Fiinf. You are a little rabbit!"
How they did laugh, to be sure! till their sides quite ached.



It is so funny to look at your round nose! said Elf to Zwei.
"And funnier still to look at your long flapping ears!" said Zwei to
But the most absurd thing of all is the having four legs !" said Fuinf. It
is so droll to feel one's-self a quadruped "
"I do not intend to be a quadruped !"
said Ein. "I shall walk erect, as 1.:.lo
as I am a rabbit."
"So shall I!" said Zv.ei. ..
"We are not common rabbit. ,-
you know. We are rabbits .
of rank. That is why- the
Fays have given us white fur.
of course." U 11
"Yes," said Ein. They u -
knew, I suppose, that w\,:
were little Counts."

not see that it matters
much what we are.
while we are rabbits
and shut up in this ,
place. I wish we
could get out."
Why shouldn't
we?" said Ein. "Now
I think of it, I have
seen rabbits bore holes
in the earth. Cannot
we do that and get out
somewhere ?"
"Let us try!" said th-v all
So they set to work Vith .
their paws, and scraped a',a ay
with all their might; and, as
you may believe, twelve s uch.-
rabbits soon made a hole.1
"This is delightful!" said
Ein. So they all thought.
And they worked, and bored, and burrowed all that night, till their paws were
nearly worn away.
And, only think! when the morning dawned, the first thing the sun saw was
Ein's white nose just pushing up through the ground on the other side of
the glassy rocks! And then it saw twelve little white rabbits creep, one
after another, out of the hole.
"Well now! said Flinf, "this is very nice, I must say But we had better
make haste away from this place, or the Fays will catch us and make rabbit-
pie of us!"
Ha! what is this? cried Vier. "Our apple, I declare "



And, indeed,
close bythe hole
out of which
they had crept
.. lay the apple
which Ein had
dropt. It had
rolled down the
7 glassy rocks to
that spot.
co"uLet us take
L it," said Ein.
S" We can drag
mn, dit, by turns, in
our mouths."
So they tra-
59 Gua a velled away with
r the Fay apple
N"". over a great
wide plain, at
n d ts the end of which
Se a they came to
a forest. And
4 7 ". ,. there they sat
down under the
trees to rest, and
.. .nibbled the
grass. And Ein
..... said, "I wonder
if we shall always be rabbits 1 "
I do not see how we are ever to be little boys again !" said Zwei. Unless,
indeed, we could get back to old Guta. She knows charms, and perhaps she
could charm us back."
"So she might !" said Fiinf. "Oh, if we could only get back to dear old
Guta! "
"Yes, dear old Guta!" they all said. How we wish she was here "
Let us bore, and bore, and bore," said Ein, "till we come out at our castle.
We shall, perhaps, some day, if we go on boring patiently."
So we will they cried. And they began to bore directly.
And day and night the twelve little white rabbits bored, patiently, for a
whole year; and, would you believe it? that very day twelvemonth, when the
morning dawned, the first thing the sun saw, was Ein's white nose pushing
up through the ground, in the Count's castle garden. They had bored right
through the earth, these rabbits !
And Guta saw it too. Poor old Guta l every morning when she rose
now, her eyes were red and dim with tears, as she looked out upon the
bright gay castle garden, where her little lords used to play such merry
pranks. And this morning, too, she looked out with her red eyes; and as she
looked, she saw another pair of red eyes, coming up out of the ground; which
were Ein's.



Now old Guta was canny ; and as she looked
at the eyes of this rabbit, she knew, by a cer-
tain expression in them, that they \ere
human eyes. And when she saw the t, el-ve
little white rabbits coming out, one after
another, she exclaimed, "They are my .:,i n
pretty boys "
-Down she flew, without her stick: and,
seizing a handful of earth, she sprinkled it
over the little white rabbits, and cried-
Boy, come out of rabbit! "
And the twelve little Counts leaped out of
the rabbit skins, and kissed and hugged old
"We will never play you any
more tricks,"-they cried.
As for the apple with the dead
Goblins in it, they buried it in that /
very spot in the castle garden where
they came out. And an apple tree,
the first that was ever seen on this
side of the world, came up there;
and in every apple, then and since,
you find the likeness of the little
dinky things.

"And a warning besides," said
Granny, to all mischievous little
boys !"
"Well," said I,:,tty, I lihall never
again without th:iii f :. '

eat an apple


. 1 f.,.5

S ""* ..,. r -., I '

-" GRAN!" exclaimed Mo:'tty the ni.:xt e\enin-, as GLiann. ,--atl di-'r:elf in
her arm-chair, we have been having :,,uci'l fi,' 1!'.
Have you ? said Granny. \\'hat, \ ith an -ithe 'ipltcher."
No, Gran \,, di.i not \~ant the
pitcher this time," said Eddie.
-- .e l.a."- so C\ la\ee been doina the rest

u ih, if \' u hadl .seen
the rabbits, Gran! ". said
L, bb, you" would
".have laughed, '
\Vhd ,were the
rabbits !." asked
47T- 'Eddie and

-e red Bobbv.
SAnd I was
the chief of the

.W put on
-our night-
..gowns said
,. .l 3, "to
make white
S.. rabbit-., and

the kitchen
on our hind
Slegs. And
then the- _fan of bur-
r in "W 11 through the
earth \Ve went right
tihrcu-td stackof peat,
G in, i n t hIe cellar!"
I thou.glit there ] had .been
s:,me doing- of th:at kind., _aid Granny,
by the *ho,.its ,:.C laughter that Yheard."
"O Grand "'cried ilMc-tt\, ._.a. svaStBobby
that we laughed so 1, when he leaped 'about on the
table over our heads, and cried, Mo-gridil-abbo and all that funny little song.
And just when he said, 'Be every boy a rabbit!' we put on our night-gowns,
and became rabbits."


I was obliged to practise that song first by myself," said Bobby, "while
they were getting ready. They are such wonderful words; Mogridilabbo,
Mogridilabbis, Mogridilabbit! What do they mean, Gran ? "
That is just what I asked my great-grandmother," said Granny, and she
said they were the Fays' conjugation."
What is that ? asked Motty.
Why, those words," said Granny, "which conjugated the little boys into

thought,what a rude little boy he was.

"We did not know what to
do for old Guta at the end,"
said Eddie. "We wanted you,
Gran! "
"And so we tied your cap and
cloak on the great stick, which
was Bogaboo's wife before," said
,Motty; "and then Bobby got under
it, and made a squeaking voice for
old Guta. And when she said,
Boy, come out of rabbit!' we came
out of our night-gowns."
I do like these plays," said
Eddie; they are as much fun as
the stories. How sorry I shall be
when the snow is gone !"
"I hope it won't go yet," said
Bobby. Now, Gran, please, you
promised to tell us about the
"Ah! so I did!" said Granny.
"And that is a true story too!"
"I thought you said they were
all true,' Gran ? said Motty, "and
that if I were older and knew more,
I should be wiser!"
"So you would !" answered
Granny. You should .not take up
people's words so, Motty; it is. not
polite; and if you do it again, I
shall be obliged to send you to
"So Motty held his peace, and
And Granny said :

Well, now, what I mean. to say is, that this was a fact, which could not
admit of the shad6ow-of a doubt; for the person who saw the Brownie with
her very own eyes, was the cousin-german, sixteen times removed, of my grand-
mother's great-aunt's first cousin's wife. So, you see, it was a family thing.
And on this very threshold she stood.
It was a bitter, freezing night; and the cousin-german, whose name was Ella,
was sitting over this very hearth, on a low stool, making porridge, or skilly, as




some call it ... There was a great crockful, bubbling over the pine-logs ; for she
had five brthiers, woodcutters, who would come 'in hungry, by-and-bye. And
Ella sat -tirring it round with a, great Wooden-, ladle,' and ,listening to the
meanings oft" the w ind, as it squeezed itself in through the window-cracks.
And as, she stirred the skill round and riund, she sighed heavily. Poor
Ella! she 'was inr'tri.:uble. T,'-morrow she and her brotherss must leave, this
dear old cottage, in xhich they had lived all their live with.it's pretty garden
and orchard, and become poor and homeless wanderers. For the owner of it
was a hard, crueI lman who would not wait till tliey could earn the sum they
owed him; and that day he had been there, andti, with fierce
and threatening' iords, had bid them go.
Ella had:.'pr'ayed and entreated. but all in vain, for a little
time. He wquld not give them '. one day; and, %wvith a -ad and
heavy heai.tshe [repari d their la-:t / mel over the hearth which
she had loved. Slhe was quite ilone; and the drear), wintry
sounds wirtl.hut, tht h:,i..inig wind and the di-mal creakhiig of
the dry, leaffess branches of the ',re-t trees, added to her
gloom. And the thick, dark cloud-, gathered in the -ky,
and boded a heavy strm; and Ella, as shle ,wat-hed them,
thought, they fioreshladlMowed the troubles of 'her coming
life, and .she sighed again d ee ly. But.-ih': !ji.'t at that:
moment bright Hood of m<::-onlight streamed
in through the ca-:ment o ver thl kitchen, and
over Ella, too; .. and she thought to
herself, "IHew Z-, ., rong it is to be
so cheerless! Why, there is
a brightgl"am in the'darkest
And she b began to
*think how she igh herself
be like that bri ght gleam
toherbrothers in their
trouble, and t comfort them
by forgetting herself.
"Why, what te have I been
thinking of?." -.she exclaim-
ed. "There is -the porridge

how late they are to-night i
and it is bitter cold to o.
Well, they shall have a good fire for this night at least.; and I'll make it up
So saying, Ella lifted the porridge-pot off the hook and stirred up the wood
embers; and then, rising from her stool, went to the cellar to fetch a few more
logs, that there might be a nice blaze for her brothers to warm themselves at
when they came in.
Well: as she came back from the cellar, to her great surprise she felt a strong,
cold blast of wind blowing round her, and saw that the house-door was open.
It had been shut the minute before, when she passed it. Now Ella was at the



end of the passage in the dark; but the moonlight shone full upon the open
doorway, and there stood a little woman on the threshold. Ella
.:V h\.et qiuit- pIinlv and -he knve"., a- she looked at her, that
thi- %a: no human being. The
Slttle w man was about two feet
-a IE:h,. and clad from head to foot
I win a fe,.ving mantle of dusky
brcwn, which was partly
rapped round her head
like a veil. It was like
h..ilky hair, and fluttered
noiselessly in the wind.
iluite motionless she stood
ladthere, as if she had been
there always. And
Ella did not know what
to do; so she stood still
too where she was, by
the cellar door at the
end of the passage, and
held her breath, for she
was rather frightened.
Presently the Brow-
Snie moved; yes, she
owas actually coming
into the house; yes, into
this very kitchen. How
glad Ella felt that she was not there! And the little woman walked into
the kitchen without making any sound; and, seating herself on Ella's stool
before the fire, lifted up the porridge-pot, and put it on the hook again ; and
then, taking the ladle, she began to stir the skilly round in the pot, just as Ella
had been doing.
Well: Ella waited some time at the end of the passage, and at last,
gaining more courage, crept quietly to the kitchen door, and peeped in.
There sat the little Brownie, with her back to Ella, stirring away with the
ladle, as if she had been doing nothing else all her life. And presently she
stopped, and taking a little bag from'the folds of her mantle, she opened it,
and took out of it a pinch of some yellow powder, which she sprinkled into
the porridge.
"Well!'' thought Ella, "what a lucky thing that I saw that, now! They
shall not eat that porridge; no, not a crumb of it! What can she do that
for ?"
Then the little woman took the ladle again, and stirred round the porridge
, three times; and, as she did so, she murmured, in a low voice,

Oh pot of skilly!
Do what I willy !"

And, rising from her seat, she vanished up the chimney.



Ella, the cousin-german, could scarcely believe her eyes; but she saw it,
"Why, Ella! what in the ,-irld are ':,Ou st roidin,2
perishing here for, this bitter night?" Cx-
claimed her brothers, cjminrg in that
"Come, I'm hungr.-,' said
one of them. "We r ver
late. Ah! that's a go,,:d uitt!.-
Ella! there's nothing lke
your hot suppers! At
he seized the porridge- io. t
to turn its contents into
the bowls which tood
ready on the table.
"Oh !" cried Ella,
"stop, stop! it's be-
witched! "
"Bewitched!" cried
her brothers all to-
gether; "it is be-
witched, indeed!" .
And if they did
not pour out of that
porridge-pot six bowlsful of the purest liquid gold !

"There!" said Granny. "And that is how this came to be our very own
cottage, and garden, and orchard!"




" RAN," said Motty the next night, "has that little Brownie ever been
"G here since ? "
Not in my day," answered Granny.
In anybody's day ?" asked Motty. For we think we should be so
frightened if we were to see her "
"Why should you ?" said Granny. None of those bogie-people can do
harm to any one who has a clear conscience,
which I i:.pe m- little boys have !"
.'' -, th.-y cried, all three.
Th ris only one thing, Gran,"
said Eddie, "that you don't
.. .. .' --:n ,,. o f !"
And that is nothing wrong,"
S-aid Motty. "Only our secret!"
S ." Have you any secrets from
""-" me? asked Granny.
SOnly this one little one,
Gran! said Bobby.
"And you will know
-' it some day !
Perhaps I know it
'"'"now !" said Granny.
"Oh, that you don't,
Gran !" cried Motty.
"Nobody knows it i
.- "only we three."
"Ah !" said Granny,
do you think you can
hide anything from
me ?"
"This one thing,
Gran!" said Motty.
For you were gone
to market when we buried it! "
And there was no one in the garden," said Bobby.
"And even if there had been," said Eddie, they could not have seen us
behind that great gooseberry-bush. Could they, Motty ? "
No," said Motty. "And I am sure no one could have known what we did
there !"
"Now, Motty," said Bobby, "don't go on talking, or we shall get no story.
Please, Gran, will'you begin ?"


"Well," said Granny, "let me see. Did I ever tell you the story about the
Queen of the Kangaroos ?"
No, never, Gran!" cried the
three little boys. "'We should
like to hear that !"
So Granny began-

Well then : there was once a
poor peasant, who had one little
daughter. She was very hand-
some, and she knew it too; and
Sshlie %%a, as vain as she could sbe.
And, she'used to go and sit by
-the tmer-side and look at her
S h as q s e th a a nrlook at- h er
face in the water. As to work,
shw never did any; for she said
bank f ..' r t '--
,. "I am much too pretty to
Sdrudge.. 'That is very well for
people who are ugly and com-
he' ..-. et imon ; but as for me, I am only
V- fit to be a king's wife."
Well, Kary, for that was her
name, was her father's darling,
.-for all she was so idle, .and he
spoilt her because she was a beauty. But
her mother, who was wiser, used to shake .
her head and say, "Oh Kary, Kary I you
will, come to grief! But Kary thought
that could never be, and so she still sat
by ',the water-side, and admired herself. .
She was quite sure that the first king who ..
came that way would ask her.to be his .
wife. And every day she sat there wait-
ing for a king to come.
One day when she was on the river's
bank as usual, she heard footsteps-behind
he;, and she turned quickly to see who it
could be, for it was a lonely place, and
her heart beat high, as she thought that
it might be a king.. But no! it was no-
thing at all but a decrepit old woman, in
a hooded cloak, who was hobbling along
with a fagot on her back. -And as she
passed close by where Kary sat, the cord
with which it was bound gave way,
and the sticks fell all down about the .
"There's a good little maid," said the .
old woman to Kary, "help me to pick
up these, will you ?"



"I!" said Kary, quite astonished. "I never touch those sort of things! I
am going to be a king's wife! "
Indeed said the old woman.
"Yes," answered Kary. I shall be the wife of the first king who comes this
Well-a-day!" said the old woman. "And what do you mean to wear at
the wedding ?"
"White, of course," said Kary. White fur. That is what queens wear."
Well now, to think of that! said the old woman. So you won't help me
with. my sticks ? "
How can I ?" said Kary. I wonder how you can think of asking me! "
Because I see you have two hands," answered the old woman. "What are
they for? "
To look at," said Kary, and she held them up. See how white and slim
they are!"
"I see! said the old woman. "And are your
Ieet :ft h- i me 1.1i, p, "

e e i ,,

dress ? Then you would be ready for the first king who came by "
Can you ?" cried Kary, surprised. "I should be very much obliged to
you! And I will remember you when I am a queen."
"For," thought she, "if I were well dressed, I should look handsomer than
"Agreed !" said the old woman. "You will not forget me "

Agreed !"said the old woman. You will not forget me"


And picking up one of her sticks, she struck Kary with it, and cried,- :
Hands and feet :that no work will do,
May as well belong to a Kangaroo I
And all day long thou shalt look at them, too!" ,
And Kary, to her great dismay, immediately became a, white kangaroo-! -'At
the same moment the old woman's hooded cloak fell off, and Kary saw a beautiful
fairy standing before her, who said, smiling, Cheer up, kary! thou yet mayst
be a king's wife !" and then disappeared, leaving Kary 'ii great grief; for it was
such a shock, to be suddenly changed into a kangaroo, the most ridiculous of all
"Every one who sees me will laugh at me!" said she to herself; and she
felt so much ashamed of her appearance, that she leapt 'away .from the river-side
as fast as she could, to hide herself in the wood, and at, every leap she made,
she felt more and more vexed and ashamed, for there were her little fore paws,
so white and slim, hanging up in the air, just under her eyes, and do what she
would, she could not put them down! And there w-ere her. long hind paws, in
.. their white velvet' slippers, sticking out too
j ust under her eyes, She could not endure
the sight!
If I could only walk sensibly, like any
other quadruped,'.' said she, it would be
bearable, but to go tippering in this absurd.
1 way with these silly little paws hanging out
in the air, it is enough to make one frantic !
E What king will ever make me his wife,
now? "
And, as she fled away.through the fields
to the woods, the cows all stopped eating
to stare, at her, and she was certain she
heard them laugh. And when she got into
the" vood, the little birds all tittered, and
c sheC ki,. they were tittering at her And
she was so angry, she could hardly con-
tain herself. But that did not mend the
matter, for she could hot do,anything else
but leap in this ridiculous way, with her
little fore paws up in the air. And the
very hares, as they ran past her, grinned.,
At length she came to a cave in the, woods, andc she thought it would be a good
place to hide herself in. So she went in there, and lay down in the. darkest
corner of it.
And, oh !" said she to herself in bitter grief, who would have thought that
I should have become the laughing-stock of the whole world !"
Serve her right !" cried Motty..
So I think!" said Granny; "for. what, i morre ridiculous than vanity ?"

"Just like a girl, to be vain "'said Motty, the next evening. ".How can girls
be so silly!" .
Are boys never vain ?" asked Granny. Do you know I once saw a little



boy standing before a bright brass warming-pan admiring his own curly
Motty' got very red when Granny said this. He said no more about girls
being vain.
Please, Gran," said Eddie, "did Kary ever come out of the kangaroo ?"
And Granny answered,-
I suppose that means, Please, Gran, will you go on ?"
Yes, Gran, it does !" said Eddie, laughing.
So Granny said :-

Well: we left Kary in the cave, very much ashamed of herself, and she
resolved that she never would come out into the light again.
So, though she was hungry, she waited till the sun had set, and the birds and
hares were gone to sleep before she ventured to come out to find herself some
And how she did hate herself as she went leaping along in that absurd way I
*As for her little fore paws, hanging there just under her eyes, she would have
bitten them off, if it had not been painful to do that, they teased her so!
There they hung, seeming to say, Look at us! see how white and slim we are!"
Well," said she to herself, at least there is no one to see me now "
But just as she had said it, a great brown owl, who was sitting on a bough
overhead, began to hoot, and then another brown owl from an opposite tree
hooted in return. And Kary knev. that they
were mocking at her ; and she flkd a-' aV:
fast as she could out of the
wood, and over a great plain '.. '
beyond. And she fled on, till .
she found that she could flee .-"
no further, for she had come to ,"
the sea. .
"I wish," cried she, "oh, I f
wish that I could go over the
sea, to some place where no other crCatures liv,-!
And as she sat on the.shore in tlie mooni light, l -kin at
the sea, and wondering if she co-.ild -'.im n*.eri it. -sh a'.' a
little raft floating on the waves; aind it came nearer and .. .
nearer towards her. And she wa; feeling s., r'-,t':li-.I, that
she did not much care whether sh,: livid ir died ; :, giving
a great leap, when the wave brought the raft near, -lie leapt
on it; and when the tide turned hlie v'.ent o*:i.it t'' o-.a.
All night long Kary rode upon the waves, on heir rait;
but even there she had no peace; for the gulls would come
and look at her, in the moonlight; and they flew in her
face, and made fun of her, shrieking with laughter at
her little fore paws! And as she passed the ships, she .
heard the sailors say, Look at mother Kary! And
she knew they were laughing at her. Even the sharks
put their heads up out of the water, and made faces at her. And she was obliged
to sit still and bear it.
At last, when the morning dawned, to her great joy she saw land. It was a



wild-looking island, at a little distance. And the vaves caa-ied the raft ,upon
the beach; and'Kary .spran off it, and leapt a,%-ay among the trees. She saw
no living thing, not -ven a bird, to-smile at her, ;-xhih was a ,great c.Th'lort. So
she made a good breakfast, and then lay down to sleep in a little bushWl'"cpY:,
for she was very tired. .. -
She slept soundly; ard when she awvoke, to lher a 'toni:hment', thdr%. \\-re
about a thousand birwmn kangaroos sitting'roiuid,.in silence, lookingg at-tier. S"
lhe sat Lip:' in silence, and looked at them.,- And they all cried iitlii." voce,
bo, hing-t, her- '. .' ,
Hai.l, Queen of the. Kangar:,-,s !" W 4 "
I "1ried Kary. I w.,n't'lre'th: (iuecn if the Kanga:o- "
"Yes.,btlit th.:u halt! they anC ered: .'-" Aiitl thou muif't?- our King rin;
w.ved noi but a white kan ''. !' '
He4 ,i--'t \ted he !"" S: 'd- KaIry ; ton I W\ont \ed hi'nm"t
'hat'.!, n t Lbe the twiie of a iin ?" the\- cried.
N.t of a" Inar c kin4," said KIat. '- I amn a beaRutifuil midIn "
"And thou I t'st n'b a b.'lau fult inatron," they ans\\e red. Hail, Queen'
of the Kangao:!-,
SI \wV'n't be IL ced Ka '
"Thou shalt .be. it crie'dthle -.an ar uos.
And,-W in spite of-'her _trug. les, they bore her aw.ay to-tlie' palace ,of th,-ir King.
There'they hLit"'her up'in a ctate room, and appointed ten .,tun: kan aroos to
nait.an .her. But sh'e wVoIId have nothing to say t,:o them, a'id sat sull.:ig in a
cornier, ith iher tace .to the wall. Before long she heard a gr_.at biustle without:
it was the King, coniing that way ; ad'] presently he entered tile' r::'rnm.
H'et was a .6loV'l langar' roo ; ;y-blue all over, except the tips of his paws,
-hliiclih W :r lHi-t' OnlyT the ri-oal family of the kangaroos \\ere of this colour.
The''~figs.r.i-v.1'--blue, and the princes-es v white; ,therefore none of the royal
,Iood, njig t-t -irya biect: And so it was a great prize to find Kai:y; and
dire tlI the., 1 -(hesard cdl,it'he lh'i tend to voo her. ,
S'-,& ] te.te' l .d \ith all hi- .tii anii, bout,-g to Karg, said, affably- ".:'

But Ka.C ?atti'th h.er face ta, the wall-and t.look_ no nti.e of th6 1King. I-I.H
thl:'ught it \'ery'.str. ng ;.'6ut hIe ti id again,'and be_,-ing, said-
Pra ni'a i "
She. wuldrn'it Iuch Us lo,)l that twa'! A'd rhe King's prine minister zai:d-
\" May itplese r'Ma-l-sty, the'ave of your great pres- ce overcomes her !.'
I' 't 'oei't, cried Kary. *:.uddenily facing hini.- I won't be your- if';
SS' s':' indeed ni,.t ask me.: The iie of a angaroo! "
\\'hat are, \,:u but a.ka,mioo, madam a '- aled
the'Ki", ns prime minister.
S" I am c... a' kangaroo craiedKary; angrily.
Thk is folly," said the Kint. Yu'r", ae kan-
i .ro; and being a lhite one. you, mu.t'tbe the
ife 'of a'ing, by our la'. -And "riot shaU be
"(...it-ue,-,,this day, o die!" -
SSo sain, he left the state-rooim, aind 'ga'e orders
that the weddingg should pvtcetd at onc: Aiid he
sent a costly pair of bracelets to Kary, to put on her little lfore pa,.s b; u-'she
tossed them into the bearer's face.



And when the great kangaroo lords and ladies came to fetch her to the
wedding, she would not stir out of
the corner, to go with them.
"This is very shocking said
they. Do you know that if you
refuse to be the wife of the King,
you will be beheaded !"
Behead me, then! said Kary. .
" I won't wed the King "
What is to be done ?" said the
prime minister. "His Majesty
waits for you, madam !"
"His Majesty must wait!" said
Kary. "Fetch the axe!"
And they parleyed so long that
the King came himself to see why -
they did not come. And when he
found that Kary would notbe made
Queen, in a great rage he bid them ....
bring the axe. And, holding it up
to her, he cried-
Choose, madam, between us !"
"The axe, by all means! said Kary. "I never will be Queen !"
And she laid herself down, all ready; and the King,
inr, li fury, chopped off her fore paws, and her hind
pat.i, and her head. No sooner had he done so,
S than Kary became a little maiden again; and all
the kangaroos, and the King too, fled away
*- from her, in a great fright. Arid as Kary turned,
Sl -aw standing beside her the old woman in
the hooded cloak.
Well-a-day !" said she. "So you won't be
icth \.ife of a king, after all!
"Ah said Kary, I am wiser now!"
.-..- -. And the old woman took Kary up, and put
,her into the hood of her cloak, and flew away
S'with her from Kangaroo Island. And she
', set Kary down in her old place by the river-
ide again, and then vanished.
. But Kary would not look into the
water, now; and running away to her
father's cottage, she found the door
S'. open, and her father and mother out.
So she took the broom, and tucked
{- up her frock, and began to sweep the
kitchen, and put it in order.
-" ~And when they came home, they
cried, embracing her, Is this Kary?"


"T OW, Gran," said Motty the next night, "you have told us about Goblins,
"N and Elfins, and Witches, and Brownies, and Fairies, and Fays; please,
is there any other sort of creature like these ?"
"Well," replied Granny, what do you say to a story about Nobody ? Shall
I tell you about him ?"
"0 Gran!" exclaimed Bobby, "that must be a funny story! Who is
"Ah!" replied Granny. "Who, indeed! He is the most wonderful kind
of elf !"
Yes, please, Gran, tell us that cried Bobby, and Motty, and Eddie. And
Gran said :-

Well: now, it is a certain fact, to begin with, that Nobody has lived on the
earth ever since the Flood. And another fact, as certain, is, that Nobody
lives upon air.
Nobody's head is covered with eyes and ears. Nobody has a hundred
hands, and a hundred legs. Nobody can do just what he likes, and be in a
hundred places at the same moment.
All the mischief that is done in the world is done by Nobody. All accidents
that happen are Nobody's fault. All meddling is Nobody's business.
And Nobody is so good-natured, that he does not mind what is laid to
his charge; though every word that people say against him. is heard by
If a house is on fire, it is sure to be Nobody's fault; and while people
shout, and scream, and scramble out as fast as they can, Nobody sits quietly
in the middle of the flames and brushes his hat.
When a schoolmaster has lost his cane, and it is nowhere to be found,
you may be certain that this is Nobody's doing; and the boys say so, of
course. And the master looks grave, and says that somebody must have done
it; and that they shall all be caned. Nobody laughs then, and thinks it
fine fun!
When sweatmeats and good things disappear in that strange way in which
they often do, without anyone's knowing how, you may depend that Nobody
has been at them. Not that he is greedy, in the least! Nobody is quite
indifferent to these things. But Nobody dances upon the ocean every night,
at one o'clock, and gives all the confits he gets to the fishes.
Oh, Nobody does the most impossible things! Nobody can swallow
down a flash of lightning, and be just as comfortable afterwards. Nobody
will kiss a laughing hyena, and laugh too. Nobody will put a red-hot
poker into one of his eyes, and say, How jolly!" Nobody will sit on the


weather-cock of a spire,

4 3.)


,.. ':-; -....A

-and smoke his pipe there. Nobody will walk on
eggs for fifty miles, and think nothing of it. No-
bod.- can -et into a bottle, and cork himself in.
N. ,b:r-ldy make: cheese-cakes of soot, and apple-pie
.- K,::Tr's :re.e. Nobody has wings, and flies
i'.-.unLJ tIhe 'wrld in the twinkling of an eye. No-
bod '. ill break all his bones, and not dare
a bit, and Nobody mends them again with
Jlue. Nobody sleeps in a donkey's ear
ith a bee's wing for his blanket. Nobody
rides upon a water-spout
when he has no other
horse. Nobody warms
himself at an iceberg
k when he is cold. No-
"4j body can bite a piece out of
the moon with his teeth, and
patch it up with sticking-
';^ plaster. Nobody walks out
with a saucepan on his head
when he can't find his hat.
Nobody will sit in a tub of
.boiling pitch and write verses,
and ask for his great-coat because
'- it is so chilly. Nobody will jump
.t.-' ~into a poor woman's empty por-
.. ridJe-pot and stew himself for her
..Iinner, and come out none the worse.
N:'-body will go on the sea-shore and
sew the rocks together with a needle

and thread. Nobody takes live coals in his hand
to comb his hair with. Nobody will take a po'.: u-
pine and use him for an easy-chair. Nobody -.,ill
twist off a baby's head and play at ball with it.
Nobody cares for nothing !
Nobody blots every little boy's copy-book. No-
body spills all. the ink that is. spilt. No-
body breaks all the windows that are
broken. Nobody finds all 'the pins
that ladies lose, and sticks them into
his cheeks. Nobody knows where
the flies sleep. Nobody knows what -)
the fishes say. Nobody knows what /
the black beetles do. Nobody can /
even hear a man wink.
Nobody knows exactly how many
inches there are in an hour, and can
hear the days go by.. Nobody can see
the noise that the thunder makes, and
hear the sun rise, and the moon change.



Nobody can smell the light, and make a posy of the sunbeams. These are
the sort of things that Nobody does.
And with all this, Nobody
is never conceited! There is
one thing, above all, that No-
body enjoys; and that is, to. ...
be laughed at. Nobody likes ..... .
to be made game of! .
There never was such a .
being as this Nobody. Indeed,
if I were to. tell you of all his
strange ways, it would take
me all the time from now till
Freezig comes again. But I '
will tell you what he did
There was an old woman,
just as I might be; and she
had three grandsons, just as
you might be, you know.
Well: and so Nobody, who
is always busy everywhere,
saw these three little boys one day bury something in the corner of the garden,
behind a gooseberry-bush. And-
"0 Gran!" cried Motty. "How could he have seen that? There was
no one else by, I am certain, but we three. And you were gone to
market! "
Well, you see!" said Granny. Nobody was by, and Nobody told
me! "
Oh, if ever I knew such a thing !" exclaimed Bobby. "To think of that
now! Our secret! "
Well, Gran !" said Eddie. I don't think he could have told you all. For
only we knew all about that !"
"Ah!" replied Granny. "You had better take care in future! Nobody
hears all your secrets! "
"And does he always go and tell you, Gran ?" asked Eddie.
Ah! answered Granny. I only warn you! Shall I go on ?"
0 please, yes, Gran .said Motty. I should like to see, now, if he knew
the whole thing "
And Granny went on :
Well: and the little boys were as busy as could be there, grubbing at the
earth, to make a hole deep enough; and they whispered together, and Nobody
heard what they said when they put it in the hole.
Put what, Gran ? asked Motty, laughing.
Why, that very thing," answered Granny, which they buried there. And
Nobody knows what they did it for "
Well, I never exclaimed Eddie. "And he told you, Gran "
Did he tell you that we sowed the egg, to make an egg-tree come? "
asked Motty.




"Nobody told me that," said


a o

It was too bad of him, then!" said
Bo.bb.. Fo:r .- wanted to give you a great
surl.,ri-e. Gran !
SAnd \ve have been watching and watch-
in these many months," said Motty, to
S se it sprout. We took it up
S tw.:. or three times, to look;
but nothing has come of it
^:.V' 'vt.
'That is Nobody's fault, be
nure, then!" said Eddie. "Where
1a1 h-,, Gran ?"
.. Nbody was in the gooseberry
biu-.h," said Granny.
S \Velil! said Motty, it was
very ly of him And can't we
J r do anything without his know-

%, No said Granny.
"Not even in the dark?"
asked Eddie.
..~ "Nobody sees in the
dark," said Granny.
T And does he know
K's li ":.hat %,c are going- to do, if we don't
,13 -- a.n ",thing about it, even ? asked
2! 5 B.:.byv.
;"_N ..b.idy knows everything said
Granniy. So take care what you
N y e n

- >S^.

~r ~
'I. -



" OW, dear Gran !" said Eddie, the next night, "you will give us a nice
" long new story, won't you ? "
Like Apple-pips," said Bobby. ,." I like that sort of adventures "
"Well," said Granny, I must thii k. I am afraid you have had nearly all
my store. And, indeed, I expect it will thaw before long."
How sorry we shall be when it does !'" said Motty.
What, to play on the green grass again and see the lillies come up in the
garden !" said Granny. "And to see the apples and o:,c.eberries coming!"
"I don't know," .aidl Motty. "I think
nothing is really so jolly as y'C-ur -tories,
Nothing I ex- claimed Bobby arid Ed-
"I always dream ihem! -aid Motty.
"Only think, Gran! .. I dreamt last n1ght, that
the little Brownie
sat on my bed, and
beat my face with
a ladle! And I
couldn't get away! ,-
And at last I gave t :
her a .great push,
and she flew up the
chimney; and I
awoke and called Bobby. But he
was snoring so, he did nut her.,
"Iam sure I wa3 not, then. lMotty !" aid Bo-bby.
"I nexvr snore.- It's Eddie!"
I! exclaimed Eddie. I don't snore. I am sure.
It is you yourself, Motty, who snore !"
"I!" said Motty. "I was awake, I tell you! And I never
do snore, when I am asleep ..
"It must have been Nobody, then," said Granny. "Nobody
snores, when he sleeps! "
"It must have been! said Bobby. "No one else would make such arn ugly
But now, Gran, please! said Motty. "Have you thought ? "
"Yes, I have thought," said Granny, "several things. Shall I tell you one ? "
"Yes, please, Gran !" cried the three little boys.
"Well, then," said Granny, "one is, that snoring is an ugly sound; but
that contradicting sounds uglier still !"
0 Gran they cried, disappointed. "We won't do it again Please tell
us something else you have thought! "


"Well, I have thought too," said Granny, that little boys who won't cer-
tainly do it again, might perhaps like to hear a jolly fairy-tale. Do you think
they would ? "
0 yes, Gran!" cried Bobby, and Motty, and Eddie, "we are sure
of it!"
So Granny began-

Well: once upon-yes, once upon a little hill-side, stood a little house, in a
little garden. And in it lived a little girl. She was the dearest, prettiest
little girl you ever saw. She had blue laughing eyes, and rosy cheeks, and
golden curls dropping down all over her shoulders;' and her name was May,
and she was just like it.
All day long she played with the flowers, and the butterflies, and the birds,
in her little garden. And her mother used to watch her from the lattice,
while she played, and love her with all her heart; and she called her her
Bonny May. And Bonny May used to run up to her mother in the middle
of her play, and say-
0 mother, I am so very, very happy! "
Indeed, she wanted for nothing that could make her happy; till one day,
when she saw Wym.
Now you must know that Wym is a little idle, peevish Elf, who goes about
the world trying to make everybody discontented about something; and if he
cannot find something, he makes them discontented about nothing. And even
little Bonny May he could not let alone.
One day, when she was sitting, as happy as could be, making daisy chains,
under a shady bank in the garden, which hid her from her mother's sight, Wym
spied her. He was perched upon one of the cones of the tall pine-tree over her
head, rocking in the air; for he is never at rest. So he gave a jump, and came
right down in front of Bonny May. And she said, "You funny thing what do
you want ?"
I only came to have a' little chat with you," answered Wym. You seem
,very happy here! "
Very! answered Bonny May. I couldn't be happier, could I! "
Why, as to that," said Wym, you could, indeed. If you only knew-but
you don't know! "
"Know what ? asked Bonny May.
Ah said Wym. A..... .h! Catch me telling you "
Do tell me! said Bonny May.
I wouldn't make you discontented for the world! replied Wym. You
poor little thing I how can you know, shut up in this garden always "
Know what ? asked Bonny May.
Why, how jolly a thing it is to see something of the world, arid to be
able to go where you please, and to do what you like," said Wym. "Why,
the very birds and beasts in the forest are better off than you! "
I never thought of that before said Bonny May.
And it is of no use for you to think of it, now," said Wym. You poor
little thing! good-bye And giving a jump, he went over the garden hedge,
out of Bonny May's sight.
Well: from that hour, a cloud came over Bonny May. She could think
of nothing else, but how the very birds and beasts were better off than she.



And she made no more daisy chains; but she used to lie on the bank and
I would rather be anything than a little& gi 1, in a
little garden !" ?he thought. And her mother wondered
.wh--t had come 110over Bonn1V May.
UOr- day, a-s she l-y\ there imol:iiig,she saw
a dinly bird hop: ott of a hole in'the-
bank. It w\\a a little dot of .a wren,
"" and quite white, all -,%er. And
,i.t came hopping near rnd nearer
to Bony NiMa., and? 6oking up
at iher it!h its v-ry bright
little eves.
And she cried, O you
-"little nice wee bird!
c.. nce to me, come!"
Z -* And the bird came
:- h, .piingi hcppi .4_indt
i.h.,pped upon the tip
of' Bonny
-N May's shoe,
z ., and looked up

in her face.
*' "0 you little
nice wee
:.^- bird !" said
n, f*, Bonfly May.
.-. "I like you
very much!
Sing' to me,
J '-in.-.
> Andthe little
bird opened
its beak, and sang,--
B.nny, Bonny May !
Say, 0 say!
V.' it thou come away
Tio my feast, to-day ?
For 1i -at'thee, Bonny, Bonny
i',~i ')

can speak like me! Where shall I
And the little bird answered,-

come? "

." Oh what a :prtty little song "
cried' Bonny May. "And you

Follow, follow me !
And thou shalt see
My little wondrous nest in the old plane tree !"
"What dear little songs you do sing said Bonny May. "Show me your
wondrous nest, you nice wee bird !"
Then the bird hopped off Bonny May's shoe towards the hole in the bank.
And Bonny May said,-



But I cannot get in there It is too tight! "
Then the little bird went in,
and :he lost sight of it, By-
ind-bye, however, it came
-'. :- ba.:1 with a small white berry
J.in iL[ beak, which it put into
B ". v May's mouth. And
as soon as she had
swallowed it, she be-
came a white wren!
Then the two little
*.. ,.:,-" birds hopped away
into the hole. And
Bonny May thought
it was most delight-
ful, for it was just
h .at she wanted!
.. So into the bank they
S. nt, and there was a long
,, ri..rrow passage, through
ch they hopped. And
it .-- .-lark; and as they went
on, Bonny May said to the other
bird, "Where are you ? And it answered-
Never fear!
I am here !"

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So when they had hopped a great way, they came out at the side of another
shady bank, in the middle of a forest. And then the little bird spread its wings
and flew, and Bonny May sprea:l her wings and flew too. How she did like
that! And they flew together, till they came to a great old plane-tree. It-was
formed of three large planes, which had grown together into one; and in the
top of the stem there was a small hole, just big enough for the little wrens to
creep in at. And in there the little bird flew, and Bonny May followed.
And what should you think, now ?. There was a flight of steps in the tree,
down which they hopped, and came to a little door. And the bird pecked with
its beak at the door, and it opened; and when they came inside, Bonny May
saw that she was in a most beautiful little chamber. The walls of it were lined
with swan's down, and at the tip of every flake of swan's-down there hung a
diamond for a light; and they lighted up the whole chamber with such a dazzling
blaze, that at first Bonny May could see nothing else.
But when her eyes got accus-
"S tomed to the light, she saw that
the bird was gone, and standing
before her was the most lovely
'little being that any one's eyes
could behold. It was a tiny
S- fairy about three inches high;
her eyes were like the gentle
S... stars, and her cheeks like morn-
ing daisies. Her dress was
made of the wings of white
butterflies, and on her head was
S- a crown of pearls. She smiled
sweetly at Bonny May, and said,
I Im the Fairy Emy. I love thee, Bonny

h\\ ere is the little nice wee bird! said
SB:,nn. May, "that brought me here ?"
SIt was I," said Fairy Emy ; "for I wanted
Sth,-C- t.: come to my feast, Bonny May."
S" -iall like to come to your feast, very much," said

r,,U-I,. ialt go and invite my guests for me," said
SFAtir, Emniy. "And first thou shalt go to the Brown

\\ hre -hall I find him ? asked Bonny May.
In the hollow of the beech-mast tree," said Fairy
Emy. And :;;ive him my compliments, and ask him to
co.n,'- to mi'iy l' .:t. Tell him that there will be a dish of
ripe red chestnuts on purpose for him. And mind thou
wake him well, or he will think it only a dream. Next, thou must go to the
Green Dragon-fly."
"Where shall I find him ? asked Bonny May.
"Sitting on a bulrush," said Fairy Emy, "by the pond in the forest. And
give him my compliments, and bid him to my feast, and' ask him to bring his
cousins with him. Then thou must go to the Golden Wren."-




Where shall I find him'? asked Bonny May.
In his nest in the bank side," said Fairy Emy. "And give him my compli-
ments, and invite him to my feast. Tell him that there will be a plate of red
cherries on purpose for him. And ask him to bring his babies with him. Next,
thou must go to the purple Emperor."
Where shall I find him ?" asked Bonny May.
"On the daffodil, in the dingle," said Fairy Emy. "And make my humble
compliments to his majesty, and pray him to honour my feast with his presence.
Then thou must go to the Stag-beetle."
Where shall I find him ?" asked Bonny May.
"Under the mossy stone, by the great yew tree," said Fairy Emy. "And
give him my compliments, and ask him to come to my feast, and to bring his
friend, the Cockchafer, with him. Next, thou must go to the Grasshopper."
Where shall I find him ?" asked Bonny May.
Among the long grass, in the glade," said Fairy Emy. And give him my
compliments, and bid him to my feast. Tell him there will be a goblet of the
purest dew-drops on purpose for him. And ask him not to leave his music
behind. Next thou must go to the Red-tailed Humble-Bee."
Where shall I find him ?" asked Bonny May.
"Among the wild thyme, on the bank," answered Fairy Emy. "And give
him my compli-
ments, and ask. -
him to my feast.
Say that there .
will be honey-
cake on purpose
for him. And,
lastly, thou must
go to the Cric-
"Where shall,
I find him?" )P.,
asked Bonny t
May. %
"On the hearth- -
stone, in the hut ..
oftheoldwoman -
who lives just l -' "
outside the
forest," said
Fairy Emy. "But before thou set off, I must give thee this bunch of white
berries. There, I tie it to thy neck. If thou find thyself in any danger, swallow
one, and thou shalt instantly become any other creature thou may'st think of.
Ask them all to be here by noon. And there will be a junket on purpose for
thee Farewell, Bonny May! "
And Bonny May flew out of the plane-tree.

"And Granny's little birdies must fly to roost! said Gran.
So Bobby, and Motty, and Eddie laughed, and put out their arms for wings,
and went flying up, one after the other, to bed, crying, "Fariewell, dear Gran!"


"Now, Gran, please!" cried Eddie, the next' night, "we have flown back
again, to hear the rest of Bonny May."
And Granny said :

Well: so away flew Bonny May, to the hollow in the beech-mast tree, first.


And she peeped in, and saw a nest of dry leaves, and in the midst of it, rolled up
in a ball, the Brown Dormouse, fast asleep. So she said-
"Brown Dormouse !"
But he did not hear. So she called a little louder, Brown Dormouse, please "
Still he lay there, snoring; for Dormice are not ashamed to snore. So she
called again, very loud indeed, Brown Dormouse, I say! "



Not a bit of it! He didn't hear what she said. So she cried,
You are quite too lazy!" and hopped in, and gave him a peck with her
beak. Then he unrolled himself a little, and rubbed his eyes. And she
"The Fairy Emy sends you her compliments, and hopes you will come to
her feast at noon. 'There will be a dish of ripe red chestnuts on purpose for you.
Mind, it's not a dream !" And seeing that he still looked very sleepy, she gave
him two more pecks, which woke him quite; but he was so cross, that he did
not even say, Thank you.
And while he sat up, looking at Bonny May, and she at him, a great fierce
hawk peeped into the hollow of the beech-mast tree. The Brown Dormouse
fled down into a little.hole, in the twinkling of an eye; but as for Bonny May,
she was so terrified, that she could think of nothing, in that moment, but a
frog; and gobbling down one of her white berries as fast as possible, she be-
came a frog instantly; and giving a great leap, scared the hawk, and it took
flight. Then Bonny May went leaping away to the pond in the forest. And
when she got there she saw the Green Dragon-fly, sitting on a bulrush. So
she made a curtsey, and said-
"The Fairy Emy sends you her compliments, and begs you will come to her
feast, and bring your cousins with you, at noon."
And the Green Dragon-fly made an elegant bow, and said-
I shall be most happy !"

But while Bonny May was looking at him, and he at her, a large
hung round her neck, she became a rabbit. Then, shaking her long ears at the

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But while Bonny May was looking at him, and he at her, a large
wild duck sprang out of the pond, and came waddling that way very fast
"iO dear!" thought Bonny May. "It doesn't do to be a frog! Oh! what
shall I be ?-a rabbit!" And quickly swallowing one of the berries, which still
hung round her neck, she became a rabbit. Then, shaking her long ears at the
astonished duck, she scampered *away to the bank side to find the Golden



There he was, sitting in his little nest, singing to his babies. So Bonny May
"Excuse me!"
And the Golden Wren smiled politely, and answered-
Pray don't mention it! "
But I must, please," said Bonny May. "The Fairy Emy sends you her
compliments, and invites you to her feast at noomn She begs you will bring your
babies, and desires me to say that there will be a plate of red cherries on
purpose for you."
"I shall be charmed," answered the Golden Wren. "But excuse me!"
Pray don't mention it !" said Bonny May.
"But I must, please," said the Golden Wren. "There is a fox behind
"0 dear!" thought Bonny May. "It doesn't do to be a rabbit! What shall
I be now? An owl, suppose !" And
swallowing another of her berries, in
great haste, she changed into a large
"V white owl, and flew away, hooting at the
;..... :- '-- disappointed fox.
-And so she flew to the dingle, to find
ja the Purple Emperor.

There he was, sitting on a daffodil,
winking. And Bonny May alighted be-
fore him, and said-
"May it please your Majesty! The
Fairy Emy makes you her humble com-
pliments, and prays you to honour her feast
with your presence at noon."
And the Purple Emperor looked
graciously; but it was beneath his dignity
to make any answer; his silence was
"Ah !" thought Bonny May, "it is a
good safe thing to be an owl And
she was about to fly in search of the
Stag-beetle, when she found that her
claws were caught in a net which was
laid just where she had alighted. "0
dear !" thought she. It does not do to
be an owl! What shall I be? A daddy-
long-legs! no one cares for them !" So
she ate another berry, and became a
daddy-long-legs. And she went spinning
away through the air to the mossy stone

under the great yew-tree.
There she found the Stag-beetle, in a brown study-Nobody knows what
about! So Bonny May said-
And the Stag-beetle raised his horns, and listened. And she said-
The Fairy Emy sends you her compliments, and asks you to her feast



at noon. And she begs that you will bring your friend the Cockchafer with
"Your most obedient! said the Stag-beetle, and then he put down his horns
again, and went back into his brown study under the mossy stone.
"Now for the Grasshopper!" said Bonny May to herself. But at that
moment a hungry wood-pecker came gliding round the trunk of the old
yew-tree, with his eyes fixed
on her. And she, in a great
fright, thought, I had better
be an elephant at once! "
and swallowing another white
berry, she became an ele-
phant. And the wood-pecker,
seeing this monstrous sight,
hid himself, lest he should be .
Then Bonny May stalked -.
away to the forest glade, to .. ..
find the Grasshopper. And '...
she thought it was a capital '
thing to be an elephant.
"Nothing can hurt me now !"
she said..
Presently she heard the
Grasshopper chirping.
So she said, "Mr Grass-
hopper! ",
And he jumped up out of
the long grass into a butter-
,cup, and looked very much .
scared at her. And she ..
"I must speak gently, or ., -
the noise will throw him into
a fit!" So she said, in an.
elephant's whisper- .
"The Fairy Emy sends you
her compliments, and hopes "-
you will come to her feast at noon. She bids me say there will be a goblet of
the purest dew-drops on purpose for you, and begs you will not leave your
music behind."
Certainly, certainly!". answered the Grasshopper, hurriedly; and leaped
out of sight as he spoke. For he could not get over his alarm at such a great
world of a monster.
But the monster soon came to an end; for Bonny May had hardly gone three
steps more, when she fell headlong into a deep pit.
0 dear I" thought she. It does not do to be an elephant! What shall
I be now? A mole! then if I fall into a pit, I can get out again. Yes, I
will be a mole!"
So she swallowed another berry, and became a mole, and then crept out of



the pit, and went to find the Red-tailed Humble-bee, among the wild thyme
on the bank.
There he was, meekly gathering the little drops of honey. And Bonny May
Humble-Bee! The Fairy Emy sends you her compliments, and invites
you to her feast 'at noon. And she says there will be honey-cake on purpose
for you." .'
And the Red-tailed Humble-Bee blushed / all over, and said,
fidgeting about (for he was very shy)-
S "The honour is too
great !"
Then Bonny May
said to herself, "Now
there is only the Cric-
ket to go to, and then
I shall have done."
But as she was just
setting off to find him,
'' a stoat, who had been
watching her from his
I^ hole, darted out after
her; and he was so
quick, that she had
time to think of
.nothing else; so swal-
lowing another berry,
she changed into a
stoat herself. And
he looked very much
t surprised, and said,
with a bow-
"I I beg your
pardon! I made a
4 '4-imistake, I think !"
S- of "Pray don't think
S. of it! said Bonny
May, bowing too.
And he returned to
his hole, while she ran
7 off to the old woman's
1. The door was open,
"' .:. and no one within.
-. Li;01,,n !\1i, .:rept to the hearth, and was
just inviting the Cricket, who lay basking
there, when in came the old woman from market with her dog.
"O ho!" she cried. "Here is the ugly stoat who sucks all my eggs! bold
thing! At him, Pincher And she shut the door quickly.
Poor Bonny May! she had barely time to swallow her last berry, and
become a snail, which was the only safe thing she could think of. And


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