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.~ I GRANNY'S WONDERFUL CHAIR.

GRANNY'S WONDERFUL CHAIR AND TALES OF FAIRY TIMES BY FRANCES BROWNE AND ILLUSTRATED NEW YORK P. 681 . BUTTON & FIFTH AVENUE CO.

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As to her being poor. -that. and be- cause of her magic her blind eyes could see farther and clearer than any other pair of eyes in all the town. the things of fairyland.PREFACE TO NEW EDITION lived. mattered little to her. it there was no need for this They might well have envied her instead. But if they had only known for pity.money or lands. She could see hidden things. There she could wander at will over shining meadows. Why should she care for . and never weary with the travelling in . old woman had the gift of magic. through shadowy forests. or fine an4 : of the coaches to ride m.she had to do was to and away she could go into fairyland. world beypnd this. tyhen: all . and by softly-flowwish it. All her friends and neighbours pitied her because she was poor and blind. in Years and years ago there a certain town a poor old blind woman. ing streams.

might to she would take them by the hand and lead them away with her into the enchanted lands. The old woman possessed.hats for thenheads. nor could the years dun the sight of her enchanted eyes. And the best of it all was that these fairy riches would never waste away. never hoarded away what she She was always ready to share her to magic with others. and the children used to her as they come a fairy godmother. They quickly learned to know what a wonder-worker she was. the gold would never tarnish. if they were good little children. They : had no need for shoes to their ffeet noi.iv Preface far Or she could enter great palaces and see about her everything that was magnificent. and know that all of it belonged to her however she went. and however fai awa mothers had only to call tp thegpk could have them back home again t&ey went their ami the old woman . in a twinkling. Do you wish you blind could have known that old woman. and have gone with her into fairy- land? . for as long as she cared to stay there. Then.

alas has not grown one whit years that ! . but the magic is not all gone yet. The Princess Greedalind. With blind but seeing eyes she always If full. spins her shining is threads as of old from a magic distaff that she will take you by the hand and lead you away into the enchanted country whither she led other little children years ago when your you like parents and your grandparents were young. Now open your mind's eyes and look about you. The cushion is still in it. and the velvet cover has neither worn nor faded. and see same sights they saw. There you will find the same people they found. the Little Snowflower is not a day older for all the have passed by since then. The wonderful carved chair they followed over hill and dale still moves as fast as ever on its magic rollers.Preface v Years and years ago it was that she spun her magic. Why here sits the very old woman herself. Open the covers of this book and let your thoughts step inside as though through an open door.

Merrymind and the old Shepherd Fairyfoot. Out from a hidden cave steps the merman trailing his heavy. Childe Charity and who piped his sheep into wolves and back again at will. but their eyes are pale and green. there on her throne like an ugly toad bedecked with jewels. or feeling and they have but little more warmth than the fishes that move about them. and quarrelling with every- one who will not give her what she wants. wealth of treasures as the Such a stored merman has away in his coral caves if you care to look. His garments rustle like the rustle of snakes Then upon each other. But . they are all there in that enchanted country of the book. it is And you down under the depths you like. if and strange and muffled by the deep waters overhead. demanding everything.vi Preface She still sits gentler or less selfish. His daughtwisting ters are beautiful. and his hands and arms are crusted with rings and bracelets. fishy feet. too. all is still of the ocean. not fields and forests and castles only She can take that the old woman can show you.

too.Preface vii they are only to look at and not to touch or you will be in his power for ever. the old blind woman can show you. Katharine Pyle. and many other wonders. . And now she has laid aside her distaff and she All the sights of earth and sea. holds out her hand to you. Are you ready? Do you care to go? Then take hold of her fingers and let us be off into the world of magic and en- chanted things.

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us in her stories were created. That she was a poet the of her blindness to it story tells on every page. when the beauties of the physical world were impressed on her mind but Frances Browne was blind from infancy. but little not a word. in darkness. .PREFACE The was a tells " " writer of Granny's Wonderful Chair poet. its own vividly realised scenery. each has its own to pictur- esque setting. from material which came to her only through the words In her work are no blurred lines or of others. From beginning tale end it is filled with pictures. The pictures she gives . Her power of visualisation would be easy under- stand had she become blind in the later years of her life. and blind.

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done with a firm and

uncertainties, her drawing is

vigorous hand.

It

would seem that the complete-

ness of her calamity created, within her, that serenity of spirit which contrives the greatest triumphs
in Life

the
tion

Her endeavour was to realise world independently of her own personal emoand
in Art.

and needs.

She, who, out of her darkness and

poverty, might have touched us so surely with her

longing for her birthright of light, for her share of

the world's good things, gives help and encourage-

ment

to the

more

fortunate.
life

In reading the very few details of her
ate fight, wins against great odds.

we

feel

the stimulation as of watching one who, hi a desper-

The odds against Frances Browne were heavy. She was born at Stranorlar, a mountain village in Donegal, on January 16, 1816. Her great-grandfather was a man of considerable property, which
he squandered and the younger generation would seem to have inherited nothing from its ancestor
;

but his irresponsibility.

Frances Browne's father

was the

village post-master,

and she, the seventh

in a family of twelve children, learning privation

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and endurance from the
wrong one for genius. have developed more
cradle.

xi

But no

soil is

the

Whether or not hers would richly in more generous surroundings, it is difficult to say. The strong mind that could, in blindness and poverty, secure its own education, and win its way to the company of the
best, the thoroughly equipped

and well tended,

gained a victory which genius alone

made

possible.

She was one of the

elect, had no creative achieve-

ment crowned her triumph. She tells us how she herself learned by heart
the lessons which her brothers and sisters said

aloud every evening, in readiness for the next day's school; and how she bribed them to read to her by doing their share of the household work. When the usual bribe failed, she invented stories

them, and, in return for these, books were read to her which, while they seemed dull and uninterfor

esting

enough

listener

up for the eager those enchanted steps by which she was

to the readers, built

to climb into

her intellectual kingdom. Her habit was to say these lessons aloud at

night,

when every one

else

was

asleep, to impress

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upon her memory the knowledge
for

untiringly

which she persistently fought through the day. There were no book-shops at Stranorlar, or within three counties of
it,

and had there been one,

Frances Browne had no pennies for the luxury of books. But she had friends, and from those who

were richer than herself

in possession, she bor-

rowed her

tools.

From

the village teacher she

learned French, in exchange for those lessons in

grammar and geography which her brothers and sisters had given away to her, hi return for numberless

wipings

and

scrubbings

in

the

kitchen.
life;

Scott's novels

marked an

era in her mental

and

of Pope's Iliad

which she heard read when
she says, "
It

she was about fifteen
discovery of a

was

like the

new

world, and effected a total

change in my ideas and thoughts on the subject of poetry. There was at the time a considerable MS.
of
I

my own production in existence, which of course
regarded with some
partiality;
fit

but

Homer had
contempt
After

awakened me, and
I

hi a

of sovereign
to

committed the whole

the

flames.

Homer's, the work that produced the greatest im-

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pression on

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my mind was Byron's 'Childe Harold.' The one had induced me to burn my first MS., the other made me resolve against verse-making in
future."

Her

first

poem was

written at the age of seven,

but after this resolve of her fifteenth year, she wrote no more for nearly ten years. Then, in 1840,

when she was

four and twenty, a volume of Irish

Songs was read to her, and her own music reawakened. She wrote a poem called " The Songs

was published Penny Journal," and can be found
of our

Land."

It

in the "Irish
still

in Duffy's

Poetry of Ireland." After this her poems grew apace : she wrote lyrics for the "Athenaeum,"

" Ballad

"Hood's Magazine," and "Lady Blessington's Keepsake." Her work was much appreciated, and her poems were reprinted in many of the contemporary journals.

She published a complete volume of poems in 1844, and a second volume in 1848, which she called
"Lyrics and Miscellaneous Poems." The first use to which she put her literary earnings

was the education

of a sister, to

be her reader

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In Frances Browne's
life

and amanuensis.
step

each
its

was

in the direction of
to its

her goal.

From

beginning

end the strong mind pressed un-

hesitatingly forward to its complete development,

seeking the inner light more steadfastly for the

absence of external

vision.

Her income was a pension
Bounty Fund; and with

of ^20,

from the Royal
she

this, for all security,

set out, in 1847, with her sister to Edinburgh, de-

termined to make her own way in the literary world.

At leaving her native land she says:
"
I go as one that comes no more, The summers other memories

yet go without regret; store 'twere summer to

forget;
I

go without one parting word, one grasp of parting hand, As to the wide air goes the bird yet fare thee well, my

land!"

She quickly made friends in Edinburgh, won by her genius and character, in the circle which included
Christopher
:

North.

Her

industry

was

amazing she wrote essays, reviews, leaders,
stories
to write,

lyrics,

indeed, she wrote anything she

and under the pressure

of

was asked her work her

she. she was for the time released from the pressure of In 1852 she to moved She concentrated on a more important work than she had yet attempted. and." Her own health interfered with her work. my lot." It is written hi the form of an autobiography of one Frederick Favoursham. But all her " The waters of energy could not make her rich. and it is natural it should . World.Preface xv prose strengthened and developed. from the beginning. There are in this work. though not by angels." she says. by the gift of /i oo from the Marquis of Lansdowne. than a lonely possession of vast estates. and whose firm incisive expression translates precisely what the mind the strength of a discovers. in the end. mind whose endeavour is to probe the heart of things. "were often troubled. out of her own poverty. and wrote a novel which she called " My Share of the daily necessity. who wins nothing better. London. and here. But one realises fully. in this story. a youthful struggler through journalism and tutorship. tried to relieve that of her mother.

and the old gown has turned. in I its kindly pressure. the heroine. .xvi Preface so. the only ones. the only genuine love ever knew. permitted herself. the pale face looks yet on my sleep with a blessing. self-revelation . that will welcome our weariness. when Lucy commits suicide. but the hard hand had. must have been born of her own suffering " When : the burden outgrows the strength so far that moral as well as physical energies begin to is fail. which she. in my dreams. reads like the expression of the writer's personality: into romance. but the words she puts into the mouth of her hero. what remains but to creep into that quiet shelter? I think it had come to that with Lucy. She makes her hero say of his mother " Well I remember her old blue gown. her still girlish figure and small pale face." And own the delicate sensitive character of Lucy. In all she has put a touch of her work there is never a word of it personal complaint. her hands hard with rough work. to the radiant robe of an angel. from which the bloom and the prettiness had gone so early. be one or two touches of I think. in all her writing. and there no door but death's.

she " It is rather an awkward business to meet a says. the most the wise with his brave Pagan heart and large philosophy. the last of the Egyptians. of that sentence " was a mental The turning was surely an exquisite pleasure . for the fortification of her spirit." And how elastic and untarnished must that nature have been which. terrible in the list of human ills. somehow got legs " and comment- ing on a little difficulty of her hero's making. could put her money- wise people on to paper and quietly say of them " To that. she had. keep a daily watch over passing pence did not disturb the Fentons it exercise suited to their capacities." Among this other mental qualities.Preface xvii Her days were threatened by a calamity. thought good and sufficient warrant for a man's resigning his place on the earth. after years of continuous struggle for bare subsistence. a sense of humour. In same book she sack had writes of "a if little man of that peculiar figure which looks as filled a not very well . which Manetho. family at breakfast whose only son one has kicked overnight.

full of And I " My Share of the World " is cleverly-turned sentences for nobody. and Hartley cared believe the corollary of the " miller's song was verified in his favour. full of its pages are passages which tell of the vigorous quality of her mind. Frances Browne's poetry is as impersonal as her prose. if there be distinction in our gratitude. . certainly. the philosopher's stone. Atteghei" is poems are The most ambitious in many lands "The Star of is of a tale of Circassia. The subjects of her and periods. The material apart from with which she tried to deal was Life herself a perhaps bigger." But we must not linger longer over her novel. She belonged to the first order of artists. is of another of an Arab tree and another that Cyprus which is said to have been planted at the birth to spare of Christ. another a twelfth-century monk and . and which Napoleon deviated of the from his course when he ordered the making road over the Simplon. a harder piece of work than the subjective expression of a single personality.xviii Preface to its author. and.

A love of nature was the beauty of the world. all its flowery ways may be. a perception of She. But still my heart was young? How hath the shower forgot the Spring. spirit. And tell the waste of coming flowers The woods of coming leaves . " The messenger who came to tell Tasso the laureate crown had been decreed him. . with her poet's while they. Her mind compelled externals to its use. When years were lost in fruitless strife.Preface " xix Why came it not. in her soul. Then she has verses on Boston. And fallen on Autumn's withering? " These lines are from a poem called " The Un- known Crown. were trodden heedlessly by those about her with their gift of sight. saw all the green and leafy places of the earth. on the Parliament grant for the improvement of the Shannon. when o'er my life A cloud of darkness hung. " Sing on by fane and forest old By tombs and cottage eaves. found him dying in a convent. on the Abolition of Slavery United States. on Protestant Union in the in New England.

upon time's stormy Such sounds are faint and few. Yet oft from cold and stranger lips Hath fallen that blessed That. but her work for children wait- . " (" The Birds of Spring. Whose mighty voices woke The echoes of its infant woods. dew. remained (" When many a sweeter fount was drained.") Many and many such verses there are which is might be quoted. ") How is The that ye waken still young heart's happy dreams.") Words words of hope! As oracles of old.xx Preface The same sweet song that o'er the birth Of earliest blossoms rang. Ere yet the tempest spoke . And caught its music from the hymn The stars of morning sang. " Ye early minstrels of the earth. When have deceived. steeps." Words. it And shed your O " light on darkened days and blessed steams? " bright (" Streams. like the rock-kept rain. stars of promise oh! long believed. And beacon-fires grown cold! Though still.

under the title '89. was at once a fav- and quickly out of print. '83. xxi For them she wrote employ her imagination The most popular was many stories. When the stories are of them is. perhaps." re-told by the child who read them. with a preface. ourite. Truly. of picturesque settings. book makes a complete each has enough . Then new editions were issued in 1881. and in their travelled into many lands. strangely enough. from the Lost Fairy Book. '84. Her power visualisation is shown hi these fairy-tales more. than hi any other of her writings. and put upon her the gla- mour she of their land. she was fortunate in having the Irish fairies to lead her into their gossamer-strewn ways. to touch her fancy with their magic. at her best. but each story in the picture. Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett pub" Stories lished it. perhaps. wordof pictures. " Granny's It Wonderful Chair/' published in 1856. and In 1887. and. '82. was not reprinted until 1880. '87." One has its not far to read to discover the secret of It is full of popularity with children. "The Lost Fairy Book" was "Granny's Wonderful Chair.Preface ing.

the roasting and boiling. of the wonder them would cease. of floors of ebony and ceilings of silver. Dame Frostyface says hi the begin- " ning of the story. by delightful touches of humour. It was made by a cunning fairy who lived hi the forest when I was young. But her words are her own. or a tell palace. of the spiced ale. pinned reality. and she gave it to me because she knew nobody would keep of better. or the picture of a coach or a palace. of swallows that built hi the eaves while the daisies grew thick at the door? Had her descriptions been borrowed. And the little pictures are kept in their places. with corn- and villages. and they are used sparingly. and of the old the dancing? Whence came her vision weaved her own hair into fields woman who grey cloth at a crazy loom. of the fortified city hi the plain. of the palace of and the people and the multitudes. as by one who sees too vividly what she is describing to add one unneces- ." what they got hold How did a writer who never saw a coach.XX11 Preface of colour and no more and scene. down to Of the wonderful chair.

another. by the diversity of the knowledge she acquired. Then. The enrichment King's tically gifts. "The Exile's Trust.Preface sary or indistinct touch. and in of it are descriptions of the scenery Lower Normandy. as with the shepherds on the moorland or when she tells of the spring. among marble and rocks of spa. and is away to happiness by the Prince. in which Charlotte Corday is introduced . xxiii She seems as much hills of at home under the sea. of contributions to chil- Frances Browne's dren's literature is list a long one. right glad "A Digit of the Moon". In reading these books one is surprised by the size of her imagina- tive territory. in " The Young ." is a tale of the Dutch and the banks of the Orange River. and the budding of the topmost boughs. One." is a story of the French Revolution. "The First of the African Diamonds. and little girl we are when the poorly clad takes her place led among the grand courtiers. links of little Snowflower. by the these stories together as artisas the telling of the princess's raiment in that beautiful book.

The Dangerous Guest " she is hi the time of the Young Pretender." In " she wanders far and wide. has been. In reviewing her subjects one realises afresh the richness of the world she created within her own darkness. the long winter nights. and with pirates by sea. and long summer days. and hi " The Eriksons. to ad- venture with wolves in the forest. for Frances Browne. circumstance shall not conquer spirit. the Thus it was transmuted to gold. to see the fine frost and clear sky. R. the world shall last.xxiv Foresters." " " The Clever Boy. and thus it shall be so long as ." and Our Uncle the Traveller. iron of calamity In this instance was most beautifully maintained. and it operates by strange and it unexpected means. A wonderful law of Exchange keeps safe the precious things of Life." Preface she conducts her young heroes to Archangel. . a strong and beautiful D.

1864). 1904. My Share of the World: an Autobiography. and other Stories. entitled. The Young Foresters. The Vision of Schwartz. Lyrics and Miscellaneous Poems. 1869 My Nearest Neighbour. The Hidden Sin. 1887. or Consider One Another. The First of the African Diamonds. Hodgson Burnett. 1866. ..RibliograpHy The following are the works of Frances xxv Browne : The Star of Atteghei. The Castleford Case. coll. 1844. 1862. 1859. 1886. etc. 1875 The Foundling of the Fens a Story of a Flood Traveller's Stories. The Exile's Trust: a Tale of the French Revolution. 3 vols. Our Uncle the Meadows. Granny's Wonderful Chair. 1860. with an introduction by F. The Ericksons . The Story of the Lost Fairy Book. : 1886: The Dangerous Guest: a Story of 1745. Seymour Lucas. 1857. ed. Pictures and Songs of Home. 1848.. 3 vols. phans of Elfholm . and other Stories. 1900. 1861. 1852 . . The Clever Boy. and its Tales of Fairy Times: illustrated by Kenny illustrated by Mr. 1856. The Or(Magnet Stories. and other Poems.. 1891.

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White and Grey 57 85 101 IV. . .. of Childe Charity Civil . The Greedy Shepherd The Story The Story Sour and of Fairyfoot V. Introductory II. VI. VII... ... Prince Wisewit's Return IXVU . . 127 147 The Story of Merrymind 177 203 IX. The Christmas Cuckoo The Lords Castles of the . . VIII.. . .CONTENTS Chapter p ag I. 3 19 in. . . ..

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ILLUSTRATIONS Page Granny's Wonderful Chair Princess Greedalind Frontispiece (Half (Hall " Title) Title) i Spare Talking to the Cuckoo " " 17 A royal messenger was sent to Spare A Dwarf named to his 33 Spy stole the doublet and ran off Mother in the wood " (Half " Title} 41 The Old Gray Woman " Thinking they must have gone to the children went in search of 55 forest. the them 63 Lady Greensleeves Talks with the Raven 69 (Half Title] The Shepherd and the Wolf 83 " Thousands of sheep were feeding while an old mans at in the midst of them playing on his pipe" Fairyfoot 92 and the Fairy little (Half Title) ' 99 " All the people cried Welcome > " (Half Title} Title} no 125 Childe Charity with her Dog ZXB The Mermaid on the Rock (Half 145 .

his 154 " The Merman showed Civil the Chamber and the Chamber of Jewels " of Gold 159 Title] Dame Dreary his (Half 175 185 Merrymind and Burden (Half Title) Prince Wisewit's Return 201 . . " boat went down miles deep in the sea .zxx Illustrations * Page " With one bound they leaped into his boat.

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was good as well as No one had ever seen her frown or heard her say a cross word. Snowflower had no a very old grandmother. people did not like her quite so well as her grand- daughter. on the edge of a great forest. that they called her girl Snowflower. called Dame Frostyface. 3 trees . and pleasant This of look. but always kind to Snowflower. when the fairies were in the world.Granny's Wonderful Chair CHAPTER I INTRODUCTORY In an old time. long ago. for she was cross enough at tunes. there lived a little girl so fair uncommonly pretty. and thatched with tall reeds. and young and old were glad when they relation in the world but saw her coming. and they lived together in a little cottage built of peat.

indeed. but there were none in all that country poorer than Snowflower and her grandmother. daisies grew thick at the door. On that chair till Dame Frostyface sat spinning from morning night to maintain herself and her granddaughter. Her wheel was as old as herself. and many curious carvings of flowers and fawns on its dark oaken back. and their living meagre. ever. A cat and two hens were all their live-stock : their bed was dry grass. So the dame's earnings were small. . but she spun very slowly. felt Snowflower. while Snowflower gathered sticks for firing. There was nobody hi the shire could spin such fine yarn as Dame Frostyface. the midday sun made its front warm and cheerful. the wonder was that it did not fall to pieces. howno want of good dinners or fine clothes. and far the more worn. swallows built in the eaves. looked after the hens and the cat. and the only good piece of furniture hi the cottage was a great arm-chair with wheels on its feet. a black velvet cushion.4 Granny's Wonderful CKair its sheltered back from the north wind. and did whatever else her grandmother bade her.

and told her a new story. the dame time of the rose up. and she gave it It in the to me because she knew nobody could keep what they got hold of better. I'll tell what to was made by a cunning fairy." girl. when the fire was heaped with the sticks she had gathered till it blazed and crackled up the cottage chimney. me. Dame Frostyface set aside her wheel. My child. and say. Remember. but she soon learned at the One sunny morning. as you have been a good you do when you feel lonely.Introductory 5 Every evening. and never liked young people: but the hens will lay eggs for you. there is barley-meal in the barrel. I am going a long journey to visit an aunt of mine. you must never . and. who lived forest when I was young. swallows coming. tell me a story. put on the grey hood and mantle in which she carried her " yarn to the fairs. many stories. Lay your head gently down on the cushion of the arm-chair. "Chair of my grandmother. Often did the little girl wonder where her grandmother had gathered so that. who lives I cannot take you with far in the north country. and said. because my aunt is the Grossest woman alive.

such a way. for I have sat on it these forty years in " that same corner. She baked herself a cake or two of the barley-meal. " Chair of take me Having said this. and every evening the chair told her a new story. you have only yourself in there to seat it. and be any occasion to travel. but mind to oil the wheels before you set out. she said. and. was lonely no more. but when the evening fell the cottage looked lonely. my grandmother. my grandmother. Then Snowflower remembered her grandmother's words." It will carry you wherever you wish. Dame Frostyface set forth to see her aunt in the north country.6 Granny's Wonderful CKair if ask a story more than once in the day. laying her head gently " Chair of down. when a clear voice from under the velvet cushion began to tell new and most wonderful tale. Scarce were the words spoken. Every morning she baked a barley cake. which surprised Snowflower so much that she forgot to be frighta After that the good girl ened. but she . Snowflower gathered firing and looked after the hens and cat as usual. and say. tell " me a story.

perhaps she My would advise me at what to do. the barley-meal was eaten up." Next day. Snowflower oiled the of the last of the of provision for chair's wheels. who lived far in the forest. meal. till the chair looked as good as new.Introductory could never find out 7 who owned the voice. the cat followed them to see its relations. " said Snowgrandmother stays long. " and flower to herself. and dusting the velvet cushion. though Snowflower showed her gratitude by polishing up the oaken back. and this is a good occasion for travelling. and Snowflower had often strained her eyes hi hopes of seeing the grey mantle. the daisies grew thicker than ever at the door. baked a cake out in her lap by way . but great misfor- tunes fell upon Snowflower. took it sunrise. but there was no appear- ance of " Dame Frostyface. and they flew away one morning to visit their friends. she forgot to clip the hens' wings. except a couple of handfuls. The swallows came and built hi the eaves. the pheasants. by and by there will be nothing to eat. If I could get to her. Notwithstanding all her care.

and began to move out of the cottage. and said. stop!" said Snowflower. tell me why up to hmi. where a hundred men were hewing down the tall trees with their axes. who looked civil. with horses and waggons. seated herself.8 Granny's Wonderful CHair " Chair of the journey. where it rolled along at a rate of a coach and six. as the sun was setting they came upon an open space. my grandmother. a hundred more were cleaving them the and twenty waggoners. great feast which our sovereign. The chair immediately stood still. were carrying for firewood. seeing an old woodcutter. Snow- was amazed till at this style of travelling. "Oh! chair of my grandmother. and said. but the chair never stopped nor stayed the whole sum- mer day. and into the forest the very way flower Dame Frdstyface had taken." Presently the chair gave a creak. King Winwealth. wood away. stepped " Good father. and Snowflower. means to . for she was tired. " you cut all this wood ? " " What replied ignorant country girl are you ? " not to have heard of the the man. and also wished to know what this might mean. take me the way she went.

mother. never having seen such a sight before. she said. " Chair of my grandso. the geese and the turkeys. threw down their axes. who. take me quickly to the palace of King the Winwealth. and villages. to merchants sell. amongst whom there is a great lamenta- tion throughout the land. after living so long on barley cakes . the Princess Greedalind." The words were hardly spoken. splendid city.Introductory 9 give on the birthday of his only daughter. orchards. such a noble feast. It will last seven days. and this wood is to roast the oxen and the sheep. fortified It was the richest city in all the land. and perhaps share in. to the great off and out of the amazement of the woodcutters. left their waggons. seating herself. and standing in the midst of a wide plain covered with cornfields. and followed Snowflower to the gates of a great and with strong walls and high towers. Everybody will be feasted. when chair started through the trees forest. from every quarter came there buy and ." When Snowflower heard that she could not help wishing to see.

and fine coaches. He the whole art of government. knew a great magician.10 Granny's Wonderful CHair that people and there was a saying seven years in it had only to live to make their fortunes. In his time there was neither discontent nor sickness in the city strangers were hospitably entertained without price or questions. however. Prince Y/isewit. a shortsighted but very . indeed. and it was said of him that he could never die or grow old. the tempers of men. the citizens did not stand high hi repute for either good-nature or honesty. and no one locked used for to his door at night. all but they were Prince Wisewit's friends one. Lawsuits there were none. covetous faces as looked out from the great shops. Snowflower thought she had never seen so many discontented. called Fortunetta. governed the land together Wisewit was a wonderful prince for knowledge and prudence. when her chair rattled along the streets . grand houses. The fairies come there at May-day and Michaelmas. Rich as they were. he was . but it had not been so when King Winwealth was young. and the powers of the stars moreover. and he and his brother.

Introductory
cunning
herself,
fairy,

II

who hated everybody
especially,

wiser than

and the prince

because she

could never deceive him.

There was peace and pleasure for many a year in King Winwealth's city, till one day at midsummer Prince Wisewit went alone to the forest, in
search of a strange herb for his garden, but he never came back and though the king, with all his
;

news was ever heard of him. When his brother was gone, King Winwealth grew lonely in his great palace, so he married a certain princess, called Wantall, and
guards, searched far and near, no

brought her

home

to

be his queen.

This princess

was neither handsome nor agreeable. People thought she must have gained the king's love by enchantment, for her whole dowry was a desert island, with a

huge

pit in

it

that never could

be filled,

and her

disposition

was

so covetous, that the

more

she got the greedier she grew. In process of rime the king and queen had an only daughter, who was
to

be the heiress

of all their dominions.

Her name

was the Princess Greedalind, and the whole city were making preparations to celebrate her birth-

12

Granny's Wonderful CKair
not that they cared

day

much

for the princess,

who was remarkably

like her

mother both

in looks

and temper, but being King Winwealth's only daughter, people came from far and near to the
and among them strangers and fairies who had not been there since the day of Prince
festival,

Wisewit.

There was surprising bustle about the palace, a most noble building, so spacious that it had a

room for every day in the year. All the floors were of ebony, and all the ceilings of silver, and there was such a supply of golden dishes used by the household, that five hundred armed men kept guard night and day lest any of them should be stolen. When these guards saw Snowflower and
her chair, they ran one after the other to tell the king, for the like had never been seen nor heard
of in his dominions,

and the whole court crowded

out to see the

little

maiden and her

chair that

came
their

of itself.

When

Snowflower saw the lords and ladies

in

embroidered robes and splendid jewels she began to feel ashamed of her own bare feet and

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linen

13

gown; but at length taking courage, she answered all their questions, and told them everything about her wonderful chair. The queen and
the princess cared for nothing that

was not
fashion,

gilt.

The
all

courtiers

had learned the same

and

turned away in high disdain except the old king, who, thinking the chair might amuse him sometimes

when he

got out of spirits, allowed

Snow-

flower to stay and feast with the scullion in his

worst kitchen.
quarters,

The poor little girl was glad of any though nobody made her welcome even

the servants despised her bare feet and linen gown. They would give her chair no room but in a dusty corner behind the back door, where Snowflower

was

might sleep at night, and eat up the scraps the cook threw away. That very day the feast began; it was fine to see
told she

and people on foot and on horseback who crowded to the palace, and filled every room according to their rank. Never had
the multitudes of coaches

Snowflower seen such roasting and boiling. There was wine for the lords and spiced ale for the com-

mon

people, music

and dancing

of all kinds,

and

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all

the best of gay dresses; but with
there

the good cheer
of
ill-

seemed little merriment, and a deal humour in the palace.

Some
to see

of the guests thought they should have

been feasted

many

grander rooms ; others were vexed finer than themselves. All the serin

vants were dissatisfied because they did not get
presents.

There was somebody caught every hour stealing the cups, and a multitude of people were always at the gates clamouring for goods and lands,

which Queen Wantall had taken from them. The guards continually drove them away, but they

came back

again,

and could be heard
it

plainly hi

the highest banquet hall: so
that the old king's spirits

was not wonderful
uncommonly low

got

that evening after supper.

His favourite page,

who always
chair.

stood behind him, perceiving this,
of the little girl

reminded his majesty
"It
is

and her

a good thought, " said King Winwealth. " I have not heard a story this many a year. Bring " the child and the chair
instantly
!

The

favourite page sent a

messenger

to the first

Introductory
kitchen,

15

who

told the master-cook, the master-

cook told the kitchen-maid, the kitchen-maid told
the chief-scullion, the chief-scullion told the dustboy, and he told Snowflower to

wash her

face,

rub

up her

banquet hall, for the great King Winwealth wished to hear a story. Nobody offered to help her, but when Snowchair^

and go

to the highest

flower had

made herself as smart as she

could with

soap and water, and rubbed the chair till it looked as if dust had never fallen on it, she seated herself, " Chair of and said my grandmother, take me " to the highest banquet hall.
:

Instantly the chair

marched

hi

a grave and

courtly fashion out of the kitchen,
staircase,

up the grand

and

into the highest hall.

The

chief

lords

were entertained there^ besides many fames and notable people from distant countries. There had never been such comand ladies
of the land

pany in the palace since the tune of Prince Wisewit; nobody wore less than embroidered satin. King

Winwealth

sat

on his ivory throne

in a robe of

purple velvet,

with flowers of gold; the queen sat by his side hi a robe of silver cloth, clasped with
stiff

16 Granny's Wonderful CHair was finer still. She wore a robe pearls . and the good company. and the best of good things. of cloth of gold waiting-ladies hi diamonds. the queen. " Everybody was astonished. With all that Princess Greedalind looked ugly and spiteful. the poor carpet. and said: " Chair tell my grandmother. she and her mother were angry to see a barefooted girl and an old chair allowed to enter the banquet hall. two white satin stood. said : " Listen to the story of the Christmas Cuckoo " ! . me a story. but the Princess Greedalind the feast being in her honour. but no one still The supper-table was offered Snowflower a morsel: so. in gold-lace livery. having made an humble courtesy to the king. even to the angry queen and the spiteful princess. most of whom scarcely noticed her. as she the old cottage. to hold her fan and handkerchief. laid her little girl sat down upon the used of to do in head on the velvet cushion. and two pages. one on either clasped with side. when a clear voice from under the cushion. the princess. stood behind her chair. covered with golden dishes.

D. . P.Christmas Cuckoo E. & Co.

.

for there The door was low and was no window. though with t little encouragement. who followed the cobbler's craft. It was a hut built of clay and wattles. and had but one stall between them. for which the brothers could never find wood enough There they worked hi to make a sufficient fire. thing comfortable about most brotherly friendship. and they had little trade. in the north country. " The people of that village were not extravagant 19 . but the poorest of them all were two brothers called Scrub and Spare. a certain village. and the only was a wide hearth.CHAPTER n THE CHRISTMAS CUCKOO " Once upon a time there stood in the midst of a bleak moor. The roof it did not entirely keep out the rain. for their fields were barren. always open. all its inhabitants were poor.

their mending. and some small that. his stall in lasts were new he . the cabbages never half closed in the garden. He had lived hi the capital city of the kingdom. the Worse than snow was very deep. beyond it . to live managed barley Nevertheless Scrub and Spare between their own trade.20 Granny's Wonderful CKair and better cobblers than Scrub and Spare might be found. by his own account. In short. and. The villagers soon found out that one 1 patch of his would wear two of the brothers . cobbled for the queen and the princesses. the brothers were poor that winter. their barley did not ripen well. and they could get no firewood. one unlucky day when a new cobbler arrived in the village. His awls were sharp. and a cottage garden. a small till field. a piece of rusty bacon. The season had been and So wet and cold. and went to the new cobbler. and when Christmas came they had nothing beer of their own brewing. to feast on but a barley loaf. Their hut stood at the end of the village. Spiteful people said there were no shoes so bad that they would not be worse for in shoes. set up his a neat cottage with two windows. all the mending left Scrub and Spare.

but that moor had once been a forest. said Scrub great root lies yonder? * . now all white and silent. the great old root was safe on the hearth.' " c it's not right to chop wood No. the work will make us warm. loosened from the soil and laid bare by the winds and rains one of these. a rough. brother. there is nobody in the Spare. both brothers strained and such a yule log as ours.' it.' " Scrub liked a little between pulling and pushing. on Christmas. help me as we are. and Spare said to his * brother " Shall we sit here cold on Christmas while the Let us chop it up for firewood. the half of it above the snow. great roots of old trees were still to be found hi it. lay hard by their door.' " * Hard or not ' is too hard to be we must have a fire. besides. and in hopes of having a fine yule log.TKe Christmas CucKoo 21 spread the bleak moor. that root broken with any hatchet. gnarled log. the cobblers sat down to . replied Come. embers. in with Poor village will have grandeur. and beginning to crackle and blaze with the red strove with all their might till. In high glee.

Much as the cobblers had been surprised they were still more so when it said " Good gentlemen.22 Granny's "Wonderful CKair \r-*~& their beer and bacon. looked cheerful as the outside . said Scrub. Cuckoo ! cuckoo ' ! as plain as ever the spring-bird's voice came over the moor on ' a May " * morning. what season " If s Christmas. and ornamented with holly. ' ' is this ? ' . and may we Christmas but what " hope you will drink that never have a worse fire on I is c that ? ' Spare set down the drinking-horn. ' said Spare. but the hut. terribly frightened. for there was nothing but and snow boughs. and lit on the table before them. " Long life and good fortune to ourselves * brother ! toast.' said Spare. strewn with ruddy blaze flared up and rejoiced their hearts. The door was cold moonlight fir shut. It is something bad.' said Spare. and the * brothers listened astonished. for out of the blazing root they heard. and out of the deep hole at the side which the fire had not reached flew a large grey cuckoo. " ' May be not.

and one fears. not I'll make you a good warm hole in the thatch. " Scrub said he was afraid it wouldn't be lucky. the cold grew less. the heavy rains came. while Scrub sat wondering if it were something bad or * . and welcome. let my me stay hi your hut till the spring comes in. and flew into a snug hole which Spare scooped him hi the thatch of the hut. but as it slept on. after that long sleep? But you must be hungry here is a slice of barley bread.' Stay. the days lengthened. for he would take no beer.TKe CKristmas CucKoo " * 23 ' Then * a. . and the days passed he forgot his for So the snow melted. drank water from the brown jug. Come help us to keep Christmas! " The cuckoo ate up the slice. I said the merry Christmas to you went to sleep in the hollow of that ! old root one evening last till the heat of your fire summer. and never woke made me think it was sum- mer again. cuckoo. now since you have burned round go on I only want a hole to sleep travels next and when I my summer be assured I will bring you " * some present for your trouble.' said Spare. but lodging.

' said the bird.' " Scrub would have been angry with his brother for cutting so large a slice. could if c know to any place where diamonds or pearls were be found.24 Granny's Wonderful Chair sunny morning the brothers were awoke by the cuckoo shouting its own cry to let them know the spring had come. but his mind was occupied with what present would be most prudent to ask: at length a lucky thought struck him. There no country where trees bud or flowers bloom. " * Good master cuckoo. traveller who sees all a great the world like you. and tell me what present you at the twelve-month's end. one of a tolerable size brought in of your beak would help such poor for your next entertainment. their store of barleyI shall bring meal being low. Give me another slice of barley bread to keep me on my journey.' . " * Now Fm ' going on my tell travels. that I will not cry hi before the year goes round.' said he. over the world to is men of the spring.' men as my brother and I to provide something better than barley bread " * I know nothing of diamonds or pearls.

bring me a ' leaf off that ! cried Spare. all of I and call know not what becomes it is of them. Christmas CucKoo * 25 they are in the hearts of rocks knowledge is only of that which grows on the earth. The brothers were poorer than ever that year. bring me one of them ' ! "Before another word could be spoken.THe said the cuckoo.' " tree * Good master cuckoo. but they that get one of them keep a blithe heart in spite of all misfortunes. it always green like a laurel. and the sand My one of them leaves are fall is called the golden tree. can make themselves as merry in a hut as hi a palace. But there are two trees hard by the well that lies at the world's end of rivers. the cuckoo had flown out of the open door. for its beaten gold: every winter they into the well with a sound like scattered coin. be a fool! ' said Scrub! think of the leaves of beaten gold ! Dear master cuckoo. and the wise. don't " ' * Now. . and was shouting its spring cry over moor and meadow. As for the other. Its leaves never fall. Some and some the merry tree. brother.

came and passed: summer. when at dayor Old neighbours forgot to invite them to break. " Sometimes Fairfeather seemed brothers never disputed for that. The new to cobbler said. Scrub. their cabbage garden. cuckoo had forgotten them too. but the They sowed and now that their trade fields to was gone. they should come be his apprentices. and whiter followed each other as they have done from the beginning. Scrub and Spare had grown so poor and ragged that Fairfeather thought them beneath her notice. At the end of the latter. their barley. in scorn.26 Granny's \V^onderful CKair single shoe to nobody would send them a mend. and a certain maid called Fairfeather. worked spring. in the rich villagers* make out a scanty living. and Scrub and Spare would have left the village but for their barley field. whom both the cobblers had courted seven years without even knowing which she inclined to for meant to favour. planted their cabbage. sometimes she smiled on Spare. on the first of April. they heard a hard . So the seasons harvest. feasts wedding and they thought the merrymaking.

and in the other. " ' See the wisdom of my choice ! ' ' he said. it said. for I it is Give me must tell the north country that the spring has come.THe beak knocking CKristmas CucKoo at their 27 voice door.' " Scrub did not grudge the thickness of that slice. holding up the large leaf of gold. I wonder a sensible bird would carry the like so far.' . Scrub and a long carriage from the a slice of barley bread. giving the gold to * the green to Spare. world's end. and in came the cuckoo. As for yours. Here. carrying on one side of his bill a golden leaf larger than that of any tree in the north country. one like that of the " common " ' laurel. though it was cut from then* last loaf. and a crying " ' Cuckoo ! cuckoo ! sents.' Let me in with my pre- Spare ran to open the door. only ' it had a fresher green. So much gold had never been in the cobbler's hands before. as good might be plucked from any hedge. and he could not help exulting over his brother.

If your brother be disappointed this tune. his awls. This is " to * the Feast of All Fools.' said Scrub. ' bring me a golden one leaf and Spare. vowed his brother was not fit to live with a respectable man. 'your conclusions are more hasty than courteous. said " * Be sure to bring me one from the merry it tree.' ' " Darling cuckoo ! ' .28 " c Granny's Wonderful CKair Good master cobbler. and taking his lasts. cried Scrub. and it think leaf your hospitable entertainment will no trouble to bring each of you whichever for you ' desire. Scrub. Did ever man fling away such an opportunity of getting rich! Much good your merry leaves will do in the midst of rags and poverty! So he went on.' cried the cuckoo.' and away flew the cuckoo. I go on the same journey every finishing the slice. and ' ought be your birthday. looking up from the green on which he gazed as though it were a crown- jewel. year. and answered with quaint old till ' proverbs concerning the cares that come with gold. and his golden . at length getting angry. but Spare laughed at him.

all who heard the story concluded Spare must be mad. with a grand wedding feast. and a poor woman reputed to be a witch bethat cause she was old and ugly. The new cobbler immediately took him into partnership. and his brother thought him a disgrace to the family. particularly "They were when he showed them that the cuckoo the golden leaf. and went to villagers. and nobody would associate with him but a lame tinker. astonished at the folly of Spare and charmed with Scrub's good sense. at which the whole village danced. the course of that summer they were . There he mended shoes to everybody's satisclose . and told would bring him one every spring.THe leaf. a beggar boy. " Indeed. As for Scrub. because the bride could not bear his low- mindedness. except Spare. he established himself with Fairfeather in a cottage by that of the new cobbler. who was not invited. Christmas CucKoo tell 29 the he left the wattle hut. and quite as fine. the greatest people sent him their shoes to mend in and upon him. Fairf eather smiled graciously married.

(Scrub had got the barley " because he was the eldest. Granny's Wonderful CKair had a scarlet coat for holidays. and a fat goose for dinner every wedding-day. Fairf eather. she had some notion of persuading him to bring . but neither she nor Scrub were content. and worked hi the cabbage garden. that from the time they began to keep his company. but people remarked that he never looked sad nor sour. " Every first of April the cuckoo came tapping at their doors with the golden leaf to Scrub and the green to Spare. and the old woman was never cross to her cat or angry with the children.) Every day his coat grew more ragged. for to buy this grandeur the golden leaf had to be broken and parted with piece by piece. and the hut more weatherfield beaten. and the wonder was. had a crimson gown and fine blue ribands. Spare lived on hi the old hut. so the last morsel was gone before the cuckoo came with another. the tinker grew kinder to the poor ass with which he travelled the country. too. tained for Fairf eather would have enter- him nobly with wheaten bread and honey. the beggar-boy kept out of mischief.3O faction.

and Spare kept the merry ones. " Scrub spent the golden leaves. and I know not how many years passed hi this manner. as far as one could see . All the country. and banished to his own estate. His castle stood on the moor. and the king that he did not lay on taxes enough. told the crown-prince that somebody he had spoken dis- respectfully concerning the turning out of his royal highness's toes. lord.THe flew CHristmas CucKoo of one. only he The cause of his grief was that was melancholy. with high towers and a deep moat. and liked the old hut where he slept so snugly from Christ- mas till Spring. he had been primetill minister at court. but the 31 two gold leaves instead cuckoo away to eat barley bread with Spare. whereon the north country was turned out of office. from the highest turret. was ancient and strong. There he lived for some weeks in lord . who owned that when a certain great village came to the neighIt bourhood. saying he was not fit company for fine people. and in high favour. belonged to its lord but he had not been there for twenty years. and would not have come then.

The rich gave him presents. the king's taxes and the crown-prince's toes. poor men who had lost their friends. welcome. fishing. all went home merry. and the villagers put on their worst clothes lest he should raise their rents. and making merry in his hall. and fell into talk with the cobbler. where all travellers were entertained and all the poor were This strange story spread through the north country. but from the hour of that discourse the great lord cast away his melancholy : he forgot his lost office and his court enemies. and great company came to the cobbler's hut rich men who had lost their money.32 Granny's Wonderful CHair temper. but one day in the harvest tune his lordship chanced to meet Spare gathering watercresses at a meadow stream. and went about with a noble train hunting. the poor gave him thanks. beauties who had grown old. Spare's coat ceased to be ragged. wits who had gone out of fashion. all came to talk with Spare. " How it was nobody could tell. he had bacon . very bad The servants said nothing would please him. and whatever thentroubles had been.

A ROYAL MESSENGER WAS SENT TO SPARE 33 .

there. " this tune his fame had reached the By capital city. .' Spare was sorry to part with the cuckoo. and a command that he should repair to court immediately. a diamond ring.34 Granny's Wonderful CKair with his cabbage. There were a great many discontented people there besides the king. me a farewell slice of barley bread. with seven islands for her dowry. who had lately fallen into ill-humour because a neighbouring princess.' he said when the cobbler told him he was going but I cannot come * " Court is * . and the villagers began to think there was some sense hi him. " ' To-morrow is the first of April. at sunrise with the merry a fine place. said Spare. and even the court. and give . little as he had of his company but he gave him a slice " . would not marry his eldest son. with a velvet mantle. ' and I will go with you two hours after sunrise. they careful of would lay snares and catch me so be the leaves I have brought you. 1 and the cuckoo came leaf.' " The messenger lodged all night at the castle. So a royal messenger was sent to Spare.

it CHristmas CucKoo in 35 which would have broken Scrub's heart former was so thick and large . and the more they talked the lighter grew their hearts. " As for Spare. he had a chamber assigned him in the palace. Everybody wondered what the king could see in such a common-looking man. " His and orders given that a blood. coming caused great surprise there. and the judges showed no favour. and having sewed up the leaves in the lining of his leathern doublet. the princes and ministers made friends among themselves. ministers of state. the great lords feast for all hall. and a seat at the king's table. so that such changes had never been seen at court. in the midst of all his grandeur he still wore the . he set out with the messenger on his way to court.THe times. but scarce had his majesty conversed with him half an hour. The lords forgot their spites and the ladies their envies. and judges of the land. when the princess and her seven island were forgotten. after that discoursed with Spare. comers should be spread in the banquet The princess of the and ladies. one sent him rich robes and another costly jewels but .

when leathern doublet. because he had none "' Think to carry for Spare. * Here we are spending our lives in this humdrum place.' the days the cuckoo came with two golden leaves. his majesty inquired why Spare didn't give it to a beggar ? But the cobbler answered: " ' High and mighty monarch. till tidings of his brother's good fortune reached Scrub in the moorland cottage on another first of April. moreover. me humble. being drawn to it One day the king's attention by the chief page. two or and Spare making his fortune at court with three paltry green leaves! What would they say Let us pack up and make our to our golden ones ? way to the king's palace. of that!' said Fairfeather.36 Granny's ^Wonderful CKair leathern doublet. and commanded that no one should find fault with the So things went. this doublet was with me before silk and velvet came I find it easier to wear than the court cut. by recalling was my holiday garment. it serves to keep when it " The king thought this a wise speech. I'm sure he will make . which the palace servants thought remarkably mean.

he concluded. the pair set out in great expectation.' " Scrub thought this excellent reasoning. they when the sun was high and warm came into a wood both tired and it hungry. and each carrying a golden leaf carefully wrapped up that none might see it till they reached the palace. " * If ' I I had known left in was so far to court. and trenchers being seen there. no one would suspect him on their holiday looking-glass of being a cobbler.THe you a lord and all CHristmas CucKoo 37 me a lady of honour. spoons.' said Scrub. not to speak of the fine clothes and presents we shall have. clothes. loaf would have brought the end of that barley the cupboard.' which we . and their packing up began but it was soon found that : the cottage contained few things court. happened to have a very thin rim of silver. but at noon. fit for carrying to Fairfeather could not think of her wooden left bowls. " How far Scrub and Fairfeather I journeyed cannot say. as without them. Scrub considered his lasts and awls better behind. So putting which Fairfeather took her and Scrub his drinking-horn.

" ' Noble lord and lady. if they are safe. because it is too strong for me ? " As the old woman spoke.' said Fairfeather. you shouldn't have such mean thoughts: how could one eat barley bread on the way to a palace ? Let us rest ourselves under this tree. she pulled out *a condescend to tell ' large wooden bottle such as shepherds used in the its ancient times. will ye me where I may find some water to mix a bottle of mead which I carry in my wallet. corked with leaves rolled together.38 Granny's Wonderful CKair " * * Husband. .' I she said. with a long staff hi her hand and a great wallet by her side. though my eyes are dim and my hearing none of the sharpest. It is only made of the best honey.' she said. Scrub and Fairfeather did not perceive that a very thin old woman had slipped from behind the tree. ' for I know ye are such by your voices. " ' Perhaps ye t will do me the favour to taste. and look at our golden leaves to see leaves. and having a small wooden cup hanging from handle.' In looking at the and talking of their fine prospects.

THe Christmas CucKoo 39 have also cream cheese. This was not entirely owing to her ingenious discourse. that there became very condeThey were now sure must be some appearance of nobility about them. The old woman was a wood-witch her name was But. being boiled with curious herbs and all tertongue. notwithstanding the lands and castles they had left behind them in the north country. and having hastily wrapped up the golden leaves. besides. Scrub and Fairfeather firmly believed that there must be something re- markably noble-looking about them. . it fall had the power of making all who drank asleep and dream with their eyes open. and before the wallet The old woman sit down for pure was half empty. could scarcely be persuaded to humility. but at length she did. and would willingly help to lighten the wallet. they assured the old woman they were not at all proud. and a wheaten loaf here. her time was spent in making mead. they were very hungry. and spells. which. if such honourable persons as you would eat the like/ " Scrub and Fan-feather scending after this speech.

" * Idle boys!' cried the mother. what have ' ye done to-day to help our living ? " * I have been to the ' said and city.' Spy. and whoever tasted her mead was sure to be robbed by the dwarfs. could see nothing.' " No sooner had she spoken. shrill voice: ! when carry the old woman raised her " ' What ho. one was named Spy. and the other Pounce. " Scrub and Fairfeather sat leaning against the old tree.eyes and mouths were both open. it's of no use. These are hard tunes for us everybody minds their business so contentedly since that cobbler came. Then.40 Granny's Wonderful CKair She had two dwarfs of sons. The cobbler had a lump of cheese hand. but they in his were dreaming of great grandeur at court. but here is a leathern doublet which his page threw out of the window. than the two * little dwarfs darted out of the neighbouring thicket. my sons come here and home the harvest. but I brought it to let you see I was . his wife held fast a hunch of bread. Wherever their mother went they were not far behind.

DWARF NAMED SPY STOLE THE DOUBLET AND RAN OFF TO HIS MOTHER IN THE WOOD .

that the forest was not far from the great city Spare lived hi such high esteem. though he was the seventh of the king's pages. for being appointed anything could have troubled him. which he had carried like a bundle on his little back. all men The name of this youth was Tinseltoes. and his grandmother feared he page to a if would hang himself cobbler. Nothing could please him that had not gold or silver about it. but his merry leaves came to his assistance. to .' And he tossed down Spare's doublet. and. with the merry leaves in it. and. All gone well with the cobbler till the king thought that you where things had unbecoming to see such a worthy man without a servant. man had been so used to serve himself that the page was always in the way. As would have done " The honest it. this token of his majesty's kindness for Spare. appointed one of his own pages to wait upon him.42 not Granny's Wonderful CHair idle. to let it was quite understand his royal favour toward Spare. nobody in all the court had grander notions. His majesty. " To I must tell how came explain Spy by it. therefore.

glass. Yet one thing grieved the heart of Tinseltoes. Tinseltoes took wonderfully to the it new service. and at last. and. but Spare answered Tinseltoes as he had done the king. and that was his master's leathern doublet. the page got up one fine morning earlier than his master. where " is the good in ? ' of Pounce had taken everything value from Scrub and Fairf eather the looking- By this time. Some to said was because Spare gave him nothing all do but play at bowls day on the palace-green. "'That nasty ' thing!' said the old it woman. which so rejoiced old Buttertongue and her sons. and the page took a deal of pains to let him see how unfashionable it was at court. where Spy found and brought it to his mother. doublet out of and tossed the leathern the back window into a certain lane it. the husband's scarlet coat. the wife's gay mantle. that they threw the leathern . above all. the golden leaves. the silver-rimmed horn.TKe CHristmas CucKoo 43 the great surprise of his grandmother. finding nothing better would do. but for it he was persuaded people would never remember that Spare had been a cobbler.

that. he addressed such merry course to Fairfeather. which. who had told him the like was never heard of at court. he had brought unknown to Fairfeather. instead of lamentations. and sat clothed in silk and velvet. feasting with the king in his palaceIt was a great disappointment to find their hall. put on Fairfeather the leathern doublet without asking or caring whence " it came. but Scrub. Scarcely was it buttoned on when a change dis- came over him. in which Scrub kindled a fire with a flint and steel. together with his pipe. and went off to their hut in the heart of the forest. Scrub tore his hah*. " The sun was going down when Scrub and awoke from dreaming that they had been made a lord and a lady. made a . while Fairfeather lamented sore. Both busied themselves in getting up a hut of boughs. golden leaves and all their best things gone. feeling cold for want of his coat.44 Granny's \Vonderful CHair doublet over the sleeping cobbler for a. and vowed to take the old woman's life. pheasant's nest at the root of Then they found a an old oak. she made the wood ring with laughter. jest.

So it happened that Scru b and Fair- feather stayed day after day in the for es t> making their hut larger and more comfortable against the winter. and jealousies among the ladies. living on wild birds' eggs and berries. till atf the court wondered why such a fuss was made a DOU t an old leathern doublet. t^S 3 came bg an among ^ queen jewels. of course. ^ nightingales singing all night long in tf 16 ^ trees about them. Tinseltoes. took to their old bickerings and got u^ some new ones. the back to their old fashion. : . The 1 enough king said his subjects did not pay him i ne servants wanted more t taxes. That very day Quarrels the lords. it. sa^ ne knew nothing about The whole palace w^ s searched.TKe meal of CHristmas CucKo 45 and went to sleeP on a neaP w long green grass which they had ga tnere ^> of roasted eggs. and every servant questioned. Spare found himself getting wonderfully and very much out of place nobles began to ask what business a cobbler had at the king's dull. > and never thinking of their lost es or their golden lea^ journey to court " In the meantime anc* missed Spare had got up his doublet.

46 table. icles to be searched The cobbler was too wise to tell all he had lost with that doublet. that there being now satisfied was no example in all the palace records of such a retainer. women. and children. he proclaimed a reward of fifty gold pieces to any who would bring him news con- cerning it. and confiscating all his goods in favour of Tinseltoes. . some with tales of what they had heard and seen filled in their walks about the neighbourhood. and so much news to the concerning all sorts of great people came out of these stories. " Scarcely was this made known in the city. that lords and ladies ran king with complaints of Spare as a speaker of slander. some bringing leathern doublets of every cut and colour. and his majesty. Granny's Wonderful CKair and his majesty ordered the palace chronfor a precedent. " That royal edict was scarcely published before the page was in full possession of his rich chamber. when the gates and outer courts of the palace were by men. issued a decree banishing the cobbler for ever from court. but being by this time somewhat familiar with court customs.

which way that doublet went ? Can ' As walked on.' said the woodman. was glad to make his escape out of the back window. the presents the cour- had given him while Spare. a poor ing " woodman. " ' ' What's the matter. Did you never see a man coming down from a back window before ? the last morning I passed here a leathern doublet came out of that " ' Why.* said the woodman. was that from which Tinseltoes had tossed the doublet. friend ' ? ' said Spare. a . and the crowd. stopped and stared at him in great astonishment.THe tiers Christmas Cuckoo and all 47 his costly garments. who were prepared to stone him for cheatnobles. for fear of the who vowed to be revenged on him. I'll * very window. them about his doublet. and as the cobbler came down late in the twilight. having no longer the fifty pieces of gold to give. The window from which Spare let himself down with a strong rope.' be bound you are the owner * " * That I you " tell * me I am. .' said the cobbler. and of it. friend. with a heavy load of fagots.

the night came on the wood was dark and tangled.' said Honest of Spare. called Spy. bundled up and ran off to his mother " last ' in the forest.' said But if you want back your doublet.' friend. nothing to fear.' would not be good to carry fagots in. and within he saw It his brother Scrub snoring loudly on a bed of grass. led hmi as if to the door of a low hut. It and bring me back my doublet. clothes * grass-green mantle it edged with " ' I'll give you this you will follow the dwarf. taking off the (a his fine gold). At last the red light of a fire. " Determined to find his doublet.' * the woodman. Moreover. but here and there the moon see. shone through its alleys. and was soon among the tall trees but neither hut nor dwarf could he . hoping to find some place of shelter. . him in the Spare went on his way.48 Granny's Wonderful CKair it dwarf. gleaming through a thicket. there was stood half open. and sure that neither crowd nor courtiers could catch forest. the great owls flitted So he went on. about. the forest lies at the end of this lane. the road to and he trudged away. . and the nightingales sang.

perceiving he was not known. * Good-evening. that Fairfeather did not know him. c 1 will put ' ' * So fan* a dame as you would make the ladies marvel. Whence come ye Good-evening.' . rushes. in a kirtle made of plaited fire. while Fairfeather. so late? but speak low.' " Did you never go there ? said the cobbler. * " as you see. stepping " The blaze shone on him. and have lost my way in the forest. and tell rne the news of court I used to think of it long ago when I was young and foolish. and she answered far more courteously than was her wont. sat roasting pheasants' eggs by the " in. master.' " * Sit down and have a share of our supper. said Fairfeather.' " *A good rest to him.' said Spare.' some more eggs in the ashes. but so changed was her brother-in-law with his court-life.' said Spare.TKe CKristmas CucKoo at the foot of 49 which lay his own leathern doublet. before supper. and is taking a sleep. for my good man has sorely tired himself cleaving wood. mistress. * I come from the court for a day's hunting.

everything had been robbed from us my looking-glass. my scarlet cloak. which he has worn ever since. in exchange for this handsome cloak . I It * ' dare say. much to Fairfeather's delight. and he pulled off the green mantle and buttoned on the doublet. taking up the garment. and we our moorland village to try our fortune also.' . where asleep and dreamt of great things.' that. would be good for hunting in. said Spare. in place of all. and seeing that it was his own. and.' It is a shabby doublet. crying: " Husband husband rise and see what a good ' ! ! bargain I have made. for the merry leaves were still sewed in its lining. we fell but when we woke. the robbers left him that old leathern doublet. who ran and shook Scrub. and never was so merry in all his life. though we " * live in this poor hut. however your husband would be glad to part with it. * but my husband An old woman enticed us with fair words and strong drink at the entrance of this forest. left has a brother there. my husband's Sunday coat.5O Granny*s "Wonderful CKair " * You are pleased to flatter/ said Fairfeather.

old trade. and said: " * Spare. " They mended the shoes of lords and ladies . Everybody was astonished to find the three poorer than ever. gazed up at his brother. and found the old hut little the worse for wear and weather. brother. us eat eggs. but he rubbed his eyes. l is that really you ? How did ' you ' like the court. Scrub and he began their the hut.THe Christmas CucKoo 51 " Scrub gave one closing snore. and the whole north country found out that there never were such cobblers. but somehow they liked to go back to court. In the morning we will return to our own old hut. So in the morning they all returned.' said Spare. and see if Spare brought out the lasts and awls he had hidden in a corner. let this night. and rest ourselves here back my own Come. at the end of the moorland village where the Christ- mas Cuckoo " Scrub will come and bring us leaves. and muttered something about the root being hard. and have you made your fortune ? " That I have.' and Fairfeather agreed. The neighbours came about them to ask the news of they had made their fortune. in getting good leathern doublet.

said " What Queen Wantall but the chair was silent. to the or unlucky. So it was with them when I last heard the news of the north country.52 Granny's Wonderful CKair people. and a lady . before Spare went " to court. red door. . discontented. the like of which had never been seen at that court. came on bringing three leaves of the merry tree for Scrub and Fairfeather would have no more golden ones. The hut itself changed. common day. The rich brought them presents. and all were disappointed. rose up and said : " " That's our story. the Christmas Cuckoo always the first of April. mamma! " We must have it brought here bodily. no one knew how. the poor did them service. for me. came hut as in old tunes. and white roses grew thick about its Moreover. " a summer-house that hut would make " said the Princess Greedalind. and two noble squires. Flowering honeysuckle grew over its roof. clad in russet-coloured satin and yellow buskins. everybody was Their custom increased from day to that as well as the satisfied.

King " since my brother Wisewit went from Redheels. the me. seventh of CHristmas OucKoo 53 " said " I have not heard such a tale." Immediately the chair marched away as it came.THe Winwealth. The feast went on with great music and splendour. and the people clamoured without. The little girl was allowed to sleep on some straw at the kitchen fire that night. to the admiration of that noble company. the royal store a pair of scarlet satin shoes with buckles of gold. that she and her chair should go to the highest banquet majesty wished to hear another story. and joyfully thanking the king. take me to the worst kitchen. Next day they gave her ale with the scraps the cook threw away. for his . go and bring this little maid a pair of scarlet shoes with golden buckles. but in the evening King Winwealth again fell into low spirits. Snowflower never had seen the like before. and was lost in the forest. seated herself and said: " Chair of my grandmother. and the royal command was told to Snowflower by the chief-scullion." The seventh page immediately brought from my pages. hall. she dropped a courtesy.

me a story.54 Granny's Wonderful CKair When Snowflower had washed her face. and dusted her chair. " Chair of my " grandmother. only that she had on the scarlet shoes. " Listen. " to the story of Lady Greensleeves. she went up seated as before. and were pleased when she laid down her head. Queen Wantall and her daughter looked more spiteful than ever." ." said the clear voice from under the cushion. tell saying. but some of the company graciously noticed Snowflower's courtesy.

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firewood for the poor. but these lords never disputed. " There were no lords like them hi the east country for nobleness and bounty. broad river and an old oak so great that no whose size was man knew In the midst of his land each lord had a stately castle . lived in peace Their tenants and plenty. the other of the grey granite. divided their lands. So the one was called Lord of the White Castle. it. and every they sent men with axes into the forest to trees. all strangers were hos- pitably autumn hew down the great entertained at their castles.CHAPTER III THE LORDS OF THE WHITE AND GREY CASTLES " Once upon a time there lived two noble lords in the east country. Their lands lay between a forest. all and the other Lord of the Grey. 57 and chop them up into Neither hedge nor ditch . one was built of the white freestone.

lived happily and ten- they were all Castle. Good wonder you ever saw hi all your travels ? " The most wonderful sight that ever I saw. forest. and. When our children grow up they will marry. and the Lord of the White. He had seen one Michaelmas night. and at length the Lord of the White Castle. and keep our friendship their little children. as feasting hi the hall of the White till many strange sights and countries. as they sat round the fire drinking wine after supper. and when they feasted in each other's halls it was then* custom^ to say. what was the greatest : . like most people. there came a traveller to the gate. where in an ancient wooden house there sits * ' ' * " who was very curious. said stranger. he liked to tell his travels. Their ladies had died long ago. a little daughter. and have our * castles and our lands. who was welcomed and feasted as usual. The lords were delighted with his tales.58 Granny's Wonderful CHair They had been friends from their youth. but the Lord of the Grey Castle had a little son.' was at the end of yonder replied the traveller.' " So the lords and ants. in memory.

had gone on his way the story Lord of the White Castle could neither eat nor sleep for wishing to see the old her own hair. However. for few that went far into that forest ever returned.THe Lords of tKe Castles 59 an old woman weaving her own hair into grey cloth on an old crazy loom.* rich lord like you might buy "All who heard but this when the traveller were astonished. and told the Lord Grey Castle Being a prudent man. but none of all who came that way had yet bought any. and earnestly advised him against undertaking such a long and dangerous journey. and it grows so quickly that though I it saw it cut in the morning. was out of the door before noon. some for a mantle. this lord replied that traveller's tales were not always to be trusted. when . When she wants more yarn she cuts off her own grey hair. only the way is so long and . At length of the woman that wove he made up his mind to his intention. She told me it was her purpose to sell the cloth. she asked so great a price and. dangerous through that wide forest full of boars it and wolves. explore the forest in search of her ancient house.

deal justly with my tenants.60 Granny's Wonderful CKair all. and above all things be kind to my little daughter Loveleaves till my return and the steward ' " I ' .' " So these lords kissed their children while . answered " * : Be sure. and his name was Wary Will. and they agreed to set out privately. To him he said " I am going on a journey with my friend. deal justly with my tenants. my lord. and his name was Reckoning Robin. the curious lord would go in spite of to he vowed bear him company for friendship's sake. To him he said : am going on a long journey with my friend. The Lord of the White Castle had a steward who had served him many years. Be " : * careful of my all goods. I will. Be sure. lest the other lords of the land might laugh at them. my lord. and above wender him: " * till things be kind to my little son Woodmy return ' and his steward answered . I will. Be careful of my goods.' The Lord of the Grey Castle also had a steward who had served him many years.

There was not a sulkier girl or boy in the country. and they did not come back. but instead of that. be- cause they served so well under their eyes. The lords. slept in the best and chambers. and set out each with his staff and mantle before sunrise through the old oak forest. lords had thought their stewards faithful. and thinking that some evil had happened to their masters. a daughter called Drypenny. clothing the lord's children in frieze and canvas. both were proud and crafty.THe Lords of tKe Castles 61 they slept. they set themselves to be lords in their room. but seven months wore away. The children missed their fathers. while Woodwender . at last the stewards' children sat at the chief tables. the tenants missed their None but the stewards could tell what had become of them. " Reckoning Robin had a son called Hardhold. but their fathers resolved to make a young lord and lady of them. to dress them. Their garden flowers and ivory toys were given to Hardhold and Drypenny and . and Wary Will. so they took the silk clothes which Woodwender and Loveleaves used to wear.

" The poor children had no one to take their part. and supper to watch a great herd of swine on a wide unfenced pasture hard by the forest. . and between gathering and keeping their herds in order. and the swine were continually straying into the wood in search of lost acorns the children . they were readier on the granary straw at night than ever they had been within their own silken Still curtains. which was to serve them for breakfast. Woodwender and Loveleaves to sleep helped and comforted each other. notwithstanding their fine clothes and the best of all things. while Hardhold and Drypenny grew crosser and uglier every day. knew that if they were the wicked stewards would punish them.62 Granny's Wonderful CHair to and Loveleaves were sent herd the swine and sleep on straw in the granary. in spite of swine-herding living. or God would send them some hard friends: so. The grass was scanty. and they looked blithe and handsome as ever. dinner. saying their fathers would come back. out Every morning at sunrise they were sent each with a barley loaf and a bottle of sour milk.

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and it was their delight to reckon up what price they would bring when properly fattened. thought their children ought to look genteel. . " One sultry day. as the sun was sloping down gone for the sky. and gave them two great black hogs. till. One of these to hogs belonged to Hardhold. Woodwender saw that the two great hogs were missing. to keep. and they plaited rushes and : talked to each other. and feed them. and the other Every evening when they came home the stewards' children used to come down Drypenny. Thinking they must have the poor children ran to search They heard the thrush singing and the wood-doves calling they saw the squirrels leaping from bough to bough. Wood- wender and Loveleaves sat down in the shadow of a mossy rock the swine grazed about them more quietly than usual. . more unruly than all the rest. They and Woodwender and Loveleaves like young swineherds so they sent them to a wilder pasture. to the forest. nearer the forest.THe Lords " of tKe Castles 63 The crafty stewards did not like this. still . and the great deer bounding them. about midsummer.

On they v/ent. " It chil- was known that they never feared the forest. covered with the loveliest flowers. and the red light of sunset streamed through the tall trees above. Deeper and deeper they ran into the forest. no trace of the favourite hogs could be seen. and it led them straight to a great open dell. whose had never been seen in grove or forest. like Its Its . bordered with banks of wild strawberries. but being weary. The grass was soft and mossy. A faker way Woodwender and Loveleaves had never walked. Granny's Wonderful CKair by but though they searched for hours. but all in vain and when the woods .64 . branches were as large as full-grown trees. nor all the boars and wolves that were in it. some hermit or forester. and took a green path through the it trees. the dren feared they had lost their way. searching and calling. began to darken with the fall of evening. a hedge of wild roses and thinking might lead to the dwelling of honeysuckle grew on either side. they wished for some place of shelter. and all overshadowed by one enormous oak. Loveleaves and Woodwender durst not go home without them.

my well ? ' and the children first lost told her their how they had the hogs. In her hand she carried a of holly branch. and were afraid to go stewards. home * to the wicked ye are the fairest swineherds that ever came this way. at last they and braided and bound with a crimson right fillet. then their way.THe Lords of tKe Castles 65 trunk was wider than a country church. that sit so late ' beside story. they sat down on one. The huge oak was covered with thick of birds ivy. She wore a gown of russet colour. Choose . " ' Well. and its height like that of a castle. but the attire most remarkable part ' her was a pair of long sleeves. her yellow hair was of the forest.' said the lady. There were mossy seats at its great root. " Who are ' you ? she said. in which thousands leaves Woodwender and Lovewatched them flying home from all parts had their nests. saw a lady coming by the same path which led them to the dell. as green as the very grass. and when the tired children had gathered as many strawberries as they cared for. hard by a small spring that bubbled up as clear as crystal.

The windows were of rock crystal.' " ' * We we will stay with you. a hearth inlaid with curious stones.' said the children. but they could not be seen from without. When they stepped in. the lady said: " ' A hundred years have I lived here. our went through this forest. an oven. and my name is Lady Greensleeves.' fathers " While they spoke. There were low seats and a round wood. and a store table. vessels of carved chamber for provisions against the winter. and there fair was a house. for like not keeping swine. and we may meet them some day coming home. Besides. or live in the free forest with me.66 Granny's ^Wonderful CHair whether ye will go home and keep hogs for Hardhold and Drypenny. as soft as velvet. No friend or servant have to I me had except my dwarf Corner. the lady slipped her holly branch through the ivy. who comes at the end of harvest with his handmill. and his axe: with these he grinds the . his pannier. The walls and floor were covered with thick green moss. as if it had been a key presently a door opened in the oak.

free . and cleaves the firewood. fairies brought flowers. and the straying swine. and blithely we live all the winter. and the herbs that made all its creatures tame. from toil and care and the children would have been happy .' saw how welcome they were. She taught the children to make cheese of the does' milk. and left in hollow trees. of the Castles 67 and gathers the berries. the rarest plants of the forest. the wicked stewards. But Corner loves the frost and fears the sun. he returns to his country far in the north. and soft green this discourse the children to sleep .The Lords nuts. on and they forgot all then* troubles. and when the topmost boughs begin to bud. Early in the morning a troop of does came to be moss milked. and birds brought berries. and wine of the She showed them the stores of wood-berries. " All that summer Woodwender and Loveleaves lived with her in the great oak-tree. so I am lonely in the " summer By time. Lady Greensleeves gave them deer's milk and cakes of nut-flour. to show Lady Greensleeves what had bloomed and ripened. honey which wild bees had made.

saying she expected some old friends to tell her the news of the forest. Lady Greensleeves said that Corner was coming.' said the .68 Granny's Wonderful CHair but they could hear no tidings of their fathers. and set her door open. and one moonlight night she heaped sticks on the fire. and the flowers to fall. ' bear. the Lord of the White Castle but she kept : see what would happen.' said the bear. " Loveleaves was not quite so curious as her father.* said the bear.' said Lady Greensleeves. * Good-evening. when Wood- wender and Loveleaves were going to sleep. lady. only the fawns are growing very cunning one can't catch above three in a day. and terribly frightened the little girl was when in walked a awake to great brown bear. lady. cat. " " ' Good-evening. and immediately " ' in walked a great wildcat. What is the news in your neighbour* hood " * ? ' Not much. At last the leaves began to fade. Good-evening.' " * That's bad news.' said Lady Green- sleeves.

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* said Lady Greensleeves.' * " " * How Oh ' ! is * Lady Greensleeves.70 " ' ' Granny's Wonderful CHair Good-evening. is cat. lady. " * Good-evening. have you not heard that ? ' said ' how the king of the forest fairies laid a spell on lords. said the raven. only in a hundred years or so we shall be very genteel and private the trees will be so thick.' said Lady Greensleeves. ' ' What " * the news in your neighbourhood ? cat. raven.' said the raven. " ' Good-evening. said the raven.' said Lady Green* sleeves. and asked them to drink out of his oaken goblet. and in flew a great black raven. it Not much. to two noble dominions who were travelling through his see the old woman that weaves her own hair ? They had thinned his oaks every year cutting firewood for the poor : so the king met them in the likeness of a hunter. because the day was .' " * That's good news. What is the news in your neighbour' hood ? " * ' Not much.* said the only the birds are growing very plentiful is not worth one's while to catch them.

and when the two and their lords drank. because I live here alone.' said Lady Greensleeves.' " ' Ah! * said Lady Greensleeves. which they do day and night. She closed the door. put out the light. one makes them pause in their work before the sun sets.' " Soon after. * he is a great is prince.THe their lands Lords of tHe Castles 71 warm. and the raven bade Lady Greensleeves good-night. the bear. and went to sleep on the soft moss as usual. and there worse work in the world than planting acorns. that king of the forest fairies. tell and we know the two lords are our fathers: us how the spell may be broken ! " * I fear the king of the forest ' fairies. in the heart of the forest. and will never cease till some children. and then the spell will be broken. " In the morning Loveleaves told Woodwender : what she had heard. by the power of the spell. their castles and and minded nothing in all this world but the planting of acorns. the cat. they forgot their tenants. and they went to Lady Greensleeves where she milked the does and said " ' We heard what the raven told ' last night. .

and slept all the sat to rest. but I At the end of the will tell you what you may do. forest trees. no matter how it winds. straight to the ravens' neighbourhood. It was very long. and drink nothing but runand tell ning water.72 Granny's Wonderful CHair and have no friend but my dwarf Corner. but be sure to tell nothing but truth. or you will fairy king. and you will find a narrow way sprinkled over with black feathers keep that path. down When . and they soon found the narrow way sprinkled over with black feathers. where they laid themselves down. and wound through the thick trees in so " many and circles that the children were often weary. and it will lead you where you will find your fathers planting acorns under the Watch till the sun is near setting.' fall into the power of the The children thanked her for this good counsel. She packed up cakes and cheese for them in a bag of woven grass. them the most wonderful things you know to make them forget their work. they found a mossy hollow in the trunk of an old tree. the night came. path which leads from this dell turn your faces to the north.

but was worn to rags with rough work in the forest. till on the evening of the seventh day The they came into the ravens* neighbourhood. each had an old wooden spade. eating their cakes and cheese when they were hungry.The Lords summer night for of the Castles 73 Woodwender and Loveleaves never feared the forest. The it children called them by their * kiss them.* . and on all sides lay heaps of acorns. come back ' your castle and your people ! " ' but the lords replied : We know of no castles and no people. each saying: to names. Then: hair and beards had grown long. the children saw their own fathers busy planting acorns. and sleeping in the hollow trees. drinking from the running stream. and ran to Dear father. the velvet mantle in which he left his castle. So they went. tall trees were laden with nests and black with There was nothing to be heard but continual cawing. Each lord had on ravens. and in a great opening where the oaks grew thinnest. all There is nothing in this world but oak-trees and acorns. their hands were soiled with earth.

and ate that cake in great sorrow. for the sun set. When they had a stream hard by. Let us plant our acorns. . eat with us' but the lords ' . saying: Dear fathers. and then slept on the cold their former state in vain grass. ' said: " * There is no use for meat or drink. and began to drink the clear water with a large acorn shell. his mantle was green as the grass. and the lords worked on. about his neck there hung a crystal bugle.^ " Loveleaves and Woodwender sat down. . finished. and there are still two cakes in the bag. c When they awoke it was broad day Woodwender : cheered up his friend. saying We are hungry. and in his hand he carried a huge oaken goblet. and ran to the lords. let us share one of them who knows but something may happen ? " So they divided the cake.74 " Granny's Wonderful CHair Woodwender and Loveleaves : told them of all nothing would make them pause for a minute so the poor children first sat down and cried. both to went and as they drank there came through the oaks a gay young hunter.

crystal. and rimmed with Up to the brim it was filled with milk. but we have promised . but they remembered Lady Greensleeves' warning. and as the hunter came near. leave that * muddy water. are you not the children of mighty ' kings? Were you not reared in palaces ? But the boy and girl answered him: " ' No : we were reared hi castles. saying: " * The water is foul: it do for swineherds may and woodcutters. " Loveleaves and Woodwender were sorry to ately the hunter turned see the rich cream spilled. ' to drink Still the nothing but running water.' hunter came nearer with his goblet. poured out the milk upon the ground. that is upon them may us how the spell be broken ' and immeditell ! from them with an angry look. on which the rich cream floated. and went away with his empty goblet. and seeing they . Tell for such fair children as me. he said: Fair children. good hunter.TKe Lords of tKe Castles 75 carved with flowers and leaves. and come and drink with me* but Woodwender and Loveleaves answered: " Thanks. but not you. and are the children of yonder lords.

carved with leaves and told fruit. rimmed with silver. and clothed in yellow. . older than the first. about his neck there hung a silver bugle. This hunter also asked them to drink. .76 Granny's Wonderful CKair could do no better. planting acorns with the withered . and in his hand he carried an oaken goblet. each got a withered branch and began to help the lords. them the stream was full of frogs. J ! and are the children of yonder lords: tell us how he turned from them the spell may be broken with an angry look. scratching up the ground with the sharp end. " All that afternoon the children worked beside then* fathers. poured out the mead. they went again to drink at the running stream. and filled with mead to the brim. Then there came through the oaks another hunter. and went his way. nor all that they could say and when the sun grew warm at noon. and asked them if they were not a young prince and princess dwelling in the woods for their pleasure? but when Woodwender and Loveleaves answered as before : ' We have promised to drink only running water. and planting acorns but their fathers took no notice of them.

it * this raven is surely hungry. fell. so the children divided and when no persuasion would make the lords eat with them. that seemed old and weary. and each gave a bit to great bill finished the morsels in it a moment. said Loveleaves.TKe Lords of tKe Castles 77 branches. but one. Woodthat it wender. " The sun was getting low.' said bit. its agreed. but the lords would mind neither them nor their words. the face by turns. though their hearts were heavy. their last cake.* " Woodwender the raven but . and picked up the small crumbs ' that " * Friend. let us give a little bit. who gave a . and hopping nearer. " ' The poor raven looked them in is still it hungry. they went to the banks of the stream. alighted near them to drink at the stream. it came to Loveleaves. and the ravens were high trees. And when the evening drew near they were very hungry. As they ate the raven corning to their nests in the home lingered. and he gave another When was gobbled. though it is our last cake. and began to eat and drink.

we can But as they stooped to the water. carved with ears of corn and clusters of grapes. and not for such fan* children. rimmed with gold.78 bit too. going down behind yon western trees. * at least. and were reared in ' But the children said: its queen's palace " * We will drink nothing but this water. older have a than the last. Yonder is the sun. and I will tell you how the spell may be broken. fit It is full of toads. and in his hand he carried a huge oaken goblet. Surely ye are from fairyland. the grass.' said drink. and drink with me. " * Well. about his neck there hung a golden bugle. this He also said Leave muddy water. Be* " I . and said : have eaten your last cake. poured out the wine on the When he was gone. and ! yonder lords are our fathers tell us how the spell And the hunter turned from may be broken : ' ! them with an angry look. there came through the oaks another hunter. and clothed in scarlet. Granny's Wonderful CHair and so on till the raven had eaten the whole of their last cake. and went his way. old raven looked up into their faces. : and " filled to * the brim with wine.' Woodwender.

" So this strange story has ended.THe fore it Lords of tKe Castles 79 go to the lords. listening. and made you herd hogs for Hardhold and Drypenny. like just awoke. but running to the lords began to tell as they were bidden.* " Woodwender and Loveleaves thanked the it raven. the acorn planting grew slower. the catching up his father's spade. men their on the forest. and at last they dropped their spades. and keep them if you can till the sun goes down. and on children. ran to the stream and threw Loveleaves did same for the Lord of the White Castle. on the sky. but as the children related sleep on straw. Then Woodwender. That moment the sun disappeared behind the western oaks. and where flew they never stopped to see. catch up their wooden spades. When you see them sets. how they had been made to how they had been sent to herd hogs in the wild pasture. and the lords stood up. it in. and tell them how their stewards used you. looking. At first the lords would not listen. for Woodwender and Loveleaves went home rejoicing with . and what trouble they had with the unruly swine.

were sent to herd swine. and inherited the two castles and the broad lands of their fathers. and live wild pasture. Loveleaves." "Oh! mamma. they As for Grey Castle conWoodwender and met with no more misfortunes. Nor did they forget the lonely Lady Greensleeves. again wished to see the old woman that wove her own hair.8o Granny's Wonderful CKair Each lord returned to his castle. with their cross boy and in huts in the girl. for it was known in the east country that she and her dwarf Corner always came to feast with them in the Christmas time. for the lords' children got them again . if we had that oak! " said the Princess Greedalind. and were married. and the wicked stewards. were taken from Hardhold and Drypenny. and all their tenants made merry. and at midsummer they always went to live with her in the great oak in the forest. which everybody said became them The Lord of the White Castle never better. but grew up. The fine toys and the silk clothes. . their fathers. the flower-gardens and the best chambers. and the Lord of the tinued to be his friend.

noble lord and lady. and a clad in green velvet. } where they gave her a mattress that night and next day she got the ends of choice dishes. so did the envies within and the clamours without the palace. rose up grow?" and said : " That's our story. In the evening King Winwealth fell again into low spirits after supper. and taken her seat. having dropped her courtesy. feast.The Lords "Where does it of the Castles said 81 Queen Wantall. the music." silk hose Queen Wantall and Princess Greedalind at this looked crosser than ever. and the dancing went on. but the chair was silent. . but Gaygarters brought the white silk hose. flowered with gold. Gaygarters. I have not heard such a story since my brother Wisewit went from me. go and bring this maiden a pair of white with golden clocks on them. was carried once more to the kitchen. The and a message the kitchen- coming down from the banquet hall." said King " Winwealth. and Snowflower. the sixth of my pages." "Excepting the tale of yesterday. and was lost in the forest.

the princess. seated grandmother's chair. and after courtesying as usual to the king. and the noble company. for his majesty wished to hear another story. put on her in her scarlet shoes.82 Granny's "Wonderful CKair maid told Snowflower to prepare herself. and go up her grandmother's chair." my . Snowflower went up as before. the " Chan.of little girl laid down her head. . tell me a story voice from under the cushion said: " Listen to the story of the Greedy Shepherd. and her gold-clocked hose. saying " and a clear grandmother. the queen. Having washed her with face and combed her hair.

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Clutch thought of to catch nothing in this world but 85 how and keep . and watched their sheep so carefully that no lamb was ever lost. and on the other by a chain of high plain hills.CHAPTER IV THE GREEDY SHEPHERD Once upon a time there lived in the south country two brothers. nor had one of the shepherds ever travelled beyond the foot of the hills and the skirts of the forest. whose business it was to keep sheep on a great grassy plain. one of whom was called Clutch. who dwelt in low cottages thatched with heath. two men of distant countries could not be more unlike in disposition. " No one lived on that but shepherds. and the other Kind. which was bounded on the one side by a forest. " There were none among them more careful than these two brothers. Though brethren born.

This covetous mind made Clutch keep all his father's shared his last sheep when the old man was dead and gone. allowing Kind nothing but the place of a servant to help him in looking after them. and Clutch had all his own way. Kind wouldn't quarrel with his brother for the sake of the sheep. because he was the eldest brother. The forest supplied them . so he helped keep them. nor nor market-place. . The wool of their flocks made them clothes their railk city. but the shepherds cared little for trade. gave them butter and cheese. " On that plain there was neither town. For some time the him to brothers lived peaceably in their father's cottage. At feast tunes every family killed a lamb or so their fields yielded them wheat for bread.86 Granny's Wonderful CHair profit for himself. with firewood for winter. till new troubles arose through Clutch's covetousness. and every midsummer. some while Kind would have morsel with a hungry dog. which stood low and lonely under the shadow of a great sycamore-tree. . This made him agreeable. where people might sell or buy. and kept their flock with pipe and crook on the grassy plain.

winter. he was ready with the shears again no matter how chilly might be the days. Clutch always tried to persuade him that close clipping was good for the sheep. and as soon as the wool grew long enough to keep them warm. Kind and many a debate they caused between him and his brother. and Kind always strove to make him think he had got all the wool Still so they were never done with disputes. and gave him the That was an unlucky happening for the sheep from thenceforth Clutch thought he could never get enough wool off them. : shearing time nobody clipped so close. he left the poor sheep as bare as if they had been shaven .The Greedy Shepherd which is 87 the sheep-shearing time. and give them exchange either goods so or money. traders from a certain far-off city came through it by an ancient to way purchase all the wool the shepherds could in spare. and. At the highest price for it. . or how near the didn't like these doings. " One midsummer it happened that these traders praised the wool of Clutch's flock above all they found on the plain. in spite of all Kind could do or say.

but he looked sharper than ever. " The wool had grown summer. and was thinking though the misty mornings of autumn were come. and all the brothers could find out was. Clutch blamed Kind with being careless. and then the ewes. " Kind grew tired of watching. and search as the brothers would. when first the lambs. He had taken two crops of a third. Kind knew it was not his fault. and the cold evenings made the shepherds put on their winter cloaks. and close clipping might have become the fashion. The other shepherds. began to stray away. some were sure to be missed at the folding. but for a strange thing which happened well that off to his flock. and Clutch lost first to . The shepherds began to think him a rich man. his sleep with vexation. count the flock when they might. and watched with all his might. Still the straying went on. and one midsummer after another passed.Granny's Wonderful CHair Clutch sold the wool. The flocks grew smaller every day. that the closest clipped were the go and. over whom he had boasted of his wool and his . none of them was ever found again. them. and stored up his profits.

.' " * * It is too little to The east wind still was off to the cottage for the bag and shears. the flock melted the quietest and lamest of their whole flock. to look at them evening and ' . They were watching these ewes one evening in the primrose tune. who had never kept his eyes off them that day. and when the spring came back nothing remained with Clutch and Kind but three old ewes. there wool to be had on their backs. " Kind was grieved to see his brother so covetous and to divert his mind he looked up at the great hills. Most of them pitied Kind. 89 see pride having a fall. Now their far-off heights were growing crimson with the setting sun. said: is " ' Brother. it was a sort of comfort to him. when Clutch. but all of them agreed to were not sorry that they had marvellous ill luck. and kept as far from them as they could for fear of sharing it. Storms and cold weather never stopped them from straying. ever since their losses began. Still away as the months wore on. blows sometimes but Clutch morning. but as he looked. keep them warm.' said Kind.TKe Greedy SHepHerd profits.

but since his elder brother would go. we shall get service somewhere. but not stay on this plain to be despised for poverty. he saw his brother coming with the bag and shears. If you like to come with me. and when Kind told him what he saw. The for other shepherds will hardly give us room among them at shearing time or harvest. Clutch's first question was. the eldest brother scolded him with might and main for ever lifting his eyes off them 1 " Much good the hills and the sunset do us. but not a single ewe was to be seen. I'll and be guided by my advice. next morning . what had become of them. I have heard my father say that there were great shepherds living in old times beyond the hills let us go and see if they will take . of : ' said he. Accordingly. * now that we have not a single sheep. and when Kind turned. us for sheep-boys/ "Kind would rather have stayed and tilled his father's wheat-field. hard by the cottage.go Granny's Wonderful CKair three creatures like sheep scoured up a cleft in one them as fleet as any deer. my part. he resolved to bear him company.

and nothing was to be seen but wide moorlands. All who saw them thought that they had lost then* senses. were sore. As they feet. and the heaviness from and getting up. Kind took his crook and pipe. up which the three old ewes had scoured like deer but both . the soreness passed from thentheu* hearts. they followed the . it full of rugged rocks. up. Kind persuaded his brother to take the direction the sheep had taken. as if a thousand shepherds had been playing on and their hearts their tops. Their feet were were heavy. but as they sat there. listened. and the shepherds would laugh at them. to the very sky. and sat down to rest. and sloping seemed. " By noon they came to the stony cleft. if it had not been that their sheep were gone. but the ground was so rough and steep that after two hours' climbing they would gladly have turned back. Clutch and Kind had never heard such music before. tired.THe Greedy SHepHerd 91 Clutch took his bag and shears. for no shepherd had gone there for a hundred years. there came a sound of music down the hills. and away they went over the plain and up the hills.

wore a long his hair . and can well keep lost from straying. us what . and he had the countenance of one who had led a quiet life. land and where can we I find service for my our brother and flocks are shepherds. . hung to his waist. taking courage. they came to the hill-top. playing on his pipe. but I have employment for you. though we have hill own. and thousands of snow-white sheep were feeding. coat. where violets sound up the grew thick among the grass. and known no cares nor " * losses. the colour of the holly leaves. and over a wide heath. all am the closest shearer in the plain country. ' My flocks never stray. and saw a broad pasture. Good is this.' said the old man. and I am the ancient shepherd. Which of you can shear best ? " c Good said I ' * father. while an old man He sat in the midst of them. Clutch. father. covered with purple bloom.' said Kind.' " ' These are the ' pastures.92 Granny's Wonderful CHair cleft. for ' his tell eldest brother hung back and was afraid. till at sunset. and his beard to his knees but both were as white as snow.

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and take your supper out of my " Clutch and Kind gladly sat down by him among the violets. and all the snow-white sheep gathered and laid themselves down behind him. he thought to himself. brothers felt fit for any work after that meal and Clutch rejoiced in his own mind at the chance he had got for showing his skill with the shears. call man for my business.' " * You are the the old shepherd. ' c Kind will see how useful it is to cut close. till the sun went down and the moon rose. and up the hills came a . and a horn cup to gave them cakes and drink from a stream hard The . ' Till then sit down and wallet. but they sat with the man. rest. telling him the news of the plain. the old man cheese.' replied When the moon rises. when immediately there was heard a great howling. I will * the flock you have to shear. side.THe Greedy SHepHerd 93 you would not find as much wool as would make a thread on a sheep when I have done with it. and opening a leathern bag which hung by his by. Then he took his pipe and old played a merry tune.

and the old man said to him: " Rise. and shear this flock of mine have ' too much wool " on them.94 Granny's Wonderful CHair troop of shaggy wolves. but the first of the wolves showed its teeth.' cried he. Clutch began to exclaim on his brother his hard fortune. Clutch would have fled for fear.' Clutch had never shorn wolves before. with hair so long that their eyes could scarcely be seen. and run behind the old man " * for safety. yet he couldn't think of losing the good service. but not wolves. to . or you go back to the plains. that Clutch was glad to throw down his shears. thinking that things could be no worse. and them after you but c . but Kind. and went forward with a stout heart. whichever of you can shear them flock.' will get the whole " On hearing this. * Good father.' " * They must be shorn. and who had brought him there be hunted and devoured by wolves. I will shear sheep. but the wolves stopped. and all the rest raised such a howl the moment he came near them.' said the old man.

flock for your wages. All . round as if waiting their Kind clipped neatly. take the wool and the to the plain. man " * said: Ye have done well. as to he had wished his brother do with the sheep. while the rest of the flock gathered turn. strangely.THe Greedy SHepHerd 95 caught up the shears he had thrown away in his fright. and stood quietly to be shorn. When he had done with one. but not too close.* " Kind did not much like keeping wolves. return with them and if you please. and the hair he had cut off lay by his side. a heap of wool so fine and soft that its like had never been seen on the plain. another came forward. they had all changed into the very sheep which had strayed away so of them had grown fatter and thicker of fleece. and went boldly up to the nearest wolf. and heaped up the hair on one side. take this little-worth brother of yours for a boy to keep them. but before he could make answer. To his great surprise the wild creature seemed to know him. and Kind went on shearing by the bright moonlight Then the old till the whole flock were shorn.

no man must see the dawn of day on that pasture but himself. and ever after liked to keep near them because they had such good luck." With these words the voice ceased. what a lovely playground that violet pasture would make for me " ! " What wool could be had off all those snow- white sheep!" said Queen Wantall: but King Winwealth said: . They keep the sheep together till this day. for it was the ground of the So Clutch and Kind went home with great fairies. clad in grass-green and crowned with garlands. All the shepherds came to hear then- wonderful story. gladness. " " Mamma. and two shepherds. and said: " " That's our story. and glad was he to go back to the plain with his brother . and Kind alone uses the shears. rose up. but Clutch has grown less greedy." said Princess Greedalind.96 Granny's Wonderful CKair " Clutch gathered it up in his empty bag. for the old saying man sent them away with their flock.

and tell another story. rise. the fifth and bring this maiden a white satin gown. and went down on her chair to the best kitchen. and his majesty. after supper. courtesied to the good company. and was of lost in the forest.THe Greedy SKepKerd " 97 Excepting yesterday's tale. one under cooks told Snowflower that a message had come down from the highest banquet hall for of the her to go up with her grandmother's chair. . That night they gave her a new blanket. I have not heard such a story as that since my brother Wisewit went from me. and the white were glad to All the company gown. Spangledhose. as usual. ex- satin cept the queen when the little and the Princess Greedalind and girl had made her courtesy and . and the one that went before it. The music. so did the clamours without. see her and her chair coming. falling into low spirits. the gold-clocked hose. thanked the king. Snowflower accordingly dressed herself in the red shoes. the feast. my pages. and next day she had a cold pie for dinner. and the spite continued within the palace." Snowflower took the white satin gown.

98 laid Granny's Wonderful CKair down her head tell mother. said: me my granda story." the same clear voice saying." . " Chair of " Listen to the story of Fairyfoot.

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and its inhabitants thought it the only one in the world. It stood in the midst of a great plain. which for three leagues round its walls was covered with corn. with every other convenience befitting the capital of a kingdom. a market place. and a prison. no man in Stumpinghame knew and the opinion of the learned was. to the end of the world. capital city away in the Stumpinghame. It far A was Stumpinghame. a royal palace. flax. Beyond all that lay a great circle of pas- ture land. . and its it it was bounded on that sides by a forest so thick and old extent. seven leagues in breadth. and orchards. 101 that reached " There were strong reasons for this opinion.CHAPTER V THE STORY OF FAIRYFOOT " Once upon a time there stood west country a town called contained seven windmills.

to It swell out and enlarge their feet by way of gentility . woman. His subjects called him Lord of the World. the people of Stumpinghame were no travellers man. Hammerheel. and such-like rustics. Secondly.IO2 Granny's "Wonderful CKair was known to be inhabited time mind by the fairies. on a pinch. therefore. respectable people's slippers would have served for panniers. Whether it was the nature tell. Stiff step. of the place or the people. his family . " Stumpinghame had a king of its own. that forest out of go beyond believed it borders so all the west country to be solidly full of old trees to the heart. was. and he made a speech to them every year concerning the grandeur of his mighty emHis queen. the aim of everybody above the degree of shepherds. was the greatest pire. I cannot feet but great had been the fashion there time immemorial. and his name was was very ancient and large-footed. and child had feet so large ient and heavy that it was by no means convento carry them far. and the higher the family the larger were they. and so successful were they in these undertakings that. and no hunter cared to its First.

was not much less than a fishing-boat. of the king The whole days they court and most of the citizens it in this mourning. some great calamity began to write books about and the relations and queen assembled at the palace to mourn with them over their singular misfortune. The common people thought to the city. but at city that was whispered through the the queen's seventh child had been born last it with such miserably small feet that they resembled nothing ever seen or heard of in Stumpinghame. So the . " For a long time nobody about the palace could understand what was the matter the ladies-inwaiting looked so astonished. it.THe Story of Fairyfoot 103 Her majesty's shoe beauty in Stumpinghame. but all when it helped had lasted seven found out was of no use. except the feet of the fairies. " The chronicles furnished no of such example it an afSiction ever before happening in the royal portended the learned men all family. their six children promised to be quite as handsome. all and went well with them till the birth of their seventh son. and the king so vexed.

Moreover. the young prince was sent privately out to the pasture lands. because they kept the king's sheep. and great were the lamentations over his misfortune in having such small feet. " The king and queen had given him fourteen names. to be nursed among and and the shepherds. and it grew still higher when the news spread that the king's seventh son had been sent all to their cottage. nobody ever read them. The shepherds ancient. People came from quarters to see the young prince. chief "The man there was called Fleecefold. Fleecefold's family were known to be their daughter Rough Ruddy boasted that she had the largest feet in all the pastures.104 Granny's Wonderful GHair went to their If relations to their work. and the people took the learned men's books were to written. and held them in high respect. and cheer up the queen's spirits. and were thought great people. but the honest coun- . They lived in a snug cottage with their son Blackthorn Brownberry. beginning with Augustus such being the fashion in that royal family. homes. his wife's name was Rough Ruddy.

with a . bundle of his next brother's cast-off clothes and. it was said he had thoughts of disowning him. " So Fairyfoot grew in Fleecef old's cottage. with which nevertheless he learned to walk. but was taken by the king or his ministers. thereby amazing everybody. queen and her ladies Once a year the under- most scullion was sent to see how he did. besides. as the king grew old and cross. Story of Fairyfoot remember so 105 try people could not many.The his feet child. because the could not bear the sight. and he was never sent for at Christmas. . Perhaps the country air made him fair and rosy for all agreed that he would have been a handsome boy but for his small feet. foot. and the boy never had another name throughout the pastures. They did not keep his birthday. were the most remarkable thing about the so with one accord they called him FairyAt first it was feared this might be high- treason. and in time to run and to jump. for such doings were not known among the children of Stumpinghame. At court it was not when no notice thought polite to speak of him at all. the shepherds concluded it was no harm.

The old people thought him unlucky. but he durst not disobey the king's orders. for all their pride of their great " Tired of this sport. and. Rough Ruddy found out that the sight of such horrid jumping would make her children vulgar. and the shepherds' children could do the feet. " Poor Fairyfoot was often lonely and sorrowful. The news however. At last. many a tune he wished his feet would grow larger. travelled to the shepherds. like. Blackthorn wore most of the clothes brought by the scullion. he was lying in the shadow of a mossy rock one warm summer's noon. and all and jumping by himself thinking that none of people wouldn't notice them so the comfort he had was running hi the wild pasture. weedy pasture. she sent Fairyfoot every day to watch some sickly sheep that grazed on a wild. and Fairyfoot was despised among them. the children refused to play with him. Moreover. hard by the forest. as soon as he was old enough. Fleecefold was ashamed to have him in his cottage.io6 Granny's Wonderful CKair of court. or that much. with .

pursued by a great hawk. and be sure I : ' as if he were an hundred years old. flew away. out sprang a little man dressed in russet-brown. and the hawk. frightened by his shout. and it was clear he would be no favourite in Stumpinghame. That evening was a feast among the There were bonfires on the hills. For days the boy wondered who that little man could be. shepherds. ' poor robin! he said. my name you are Robin Goodf ellow ' . Fairyfeet foot kept the story to himself.TKe Story of Fairyfoot 107 the sheep feeding around. opening the cap: but instead of the bird. when a robin. for you. But Fairyfoot sat alone . Fairyfoot could not speak for astonishment. and looking ' " Now you may go. if on me in and darting he was out of sight an instant. for the little man's were as small as his own. and fun in the villages. but he told nobody. but the little man said " Thank you for your shelter. Fairyfoot covered it up. will do as much off. flew into the old velvet cap which lay on the ground beside him. Call is ever in trouble. and at last midsum- mer came.

and anything more you like. for we and the people of this country have had no friendship ever since large feet came in fashion.' . but all companies their We own manners. for the children of his village had refused to let him dance with them about the bonfire. " * I will do that. which came between him and so many Fairyfoot good things. and cried: "< Ho! Robin Goodfellow!' " * little man. he am.' said the little man. and care for nobody's feet. " * Come ' then and play with us. have lead the merriest lives in the world. because my feet are not large enough. and there stood the little man himself. of his and he had gone there to bewail the size feet. in all his life. never speak of anything you may hear or see. had never felt so lonely and remembering the plucked up spirit.' said I Here Fairyfoot. and there are two things you must mind among us first.* said a shrill voice at his elbow. " * I am very lonely.lo8 Granny's Wonderful Chair beside his sheepfold. and no one will play with me.' rest doing . do as you see the : and secondly.

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to the

good company

*
!

"

Wine was

not very

common among
;

the shep-

herds of Stumpinghame, and the boy had never tasted such drink as that before for scarcely had
it

gone down, when he forgot

all

his troubles

no

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how Blackthorn and Brownberry wore his clothes, how Rough Ruddy sent him to keep the sickly
sheep, and the children would not dance with him ; in short, he forgot the whole misfortune of his
feet,

and it seemed
all

to his

mind

that he

was a

king's

son, and

was

well with him.
:

All the little

people about the well cried

u< Welcome! welcome!' and every one said: * So Fairyf oot Come and dance with me
'
!

was
the

as happy as a prince, and drank milk and ate
till

honey

the

moon was low

in the sky,

and then

little

man

took him by the hand, and never

stopped nor stayed till he was at his own bed of straw in the cottage corner. " Next morning Fairyfoot was not tired for all
his dancing.

Nobody

in the cottage

had missed

hmi, and he went out with the sheep as usual; but every night all that summer, when the shep-

herds were safe in bed, the little man came and took him away to dance in the forest. Now he
did not care to play with the shepherds' children, nor grieve that his father and mother had forgotten him, but watched the sheep
all

day singing

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ALL

P. D.

^

Co.

THE LITTLE PEOPLE CRIED

WELCOME, WELCOME." AND
WITH ME."

COME DANCE

THe

Story of Fairyfoot
rushes ; and

in
the sun

to himself, or plaiting

when

went down, Fairyfoot's heart rejoiced at the thought of meeting that merry company. " The wonder was that he was never tired nor
sleepy, as people are apt to

be who dance

all

night; but before the

found out the

summer was ended Fairyfoot reason. One night, when the moon
last of the ripe

was
the

full,

and the

fields,

corn rustling in Robin Goodfellow came for him as

and away they went to the flowery green. The fun there was high, and Robin was hi haste. So he only pointed to the carved cup from which
usual,

Fairyfoot every night drank the clear red wine.

"

*

I

am

not thirsty, and there

tune,' thought the

boy to the dance; but never in all his life did Fairyfoot find such hard work as to keep pace with the
company.
Their feet seemed to

no use losing himself, and he joined
is

move

like light-

ning; the swallows did not fly so fast or turn so Fairyfoot did his best, for he never gave quickly.
in easily, but at length, his breath

being spent, the boy was glad to sit down behind a mossy oak, where his eyes

and strength steal away, and

But you will surely send word to to the sweet princess ! our birds and butterflies. but two little ladies clad in green talked close beside him. be a king's son. . When he awoke the dance was nearly over.' * lady: there would come such crowds of these great coarse creatures of mankind. Her father has sent far and a wide throughout the whole country searching doctor to this for make them it world can do small again.' other. what handsome feet he has " said the with a worthy ' ! ' He Only see laugh that Yes. " ' * What is a beautiful boy to ' ! said one of them. and none but and the nightingales know where it is. nobody would have peace for leagues round.112 Granny's Wonderful CKair closed for very weariness. but nothing in except the water of the Fair I Fountain. indeed!' said the spiteful fairy.' " One would not * said the first little care to let the like be known. Maybloom they are just like the feet had before she washed them Growing Well. and danced so like one of ourselves ' she was so kind " c ! Not I. sounded Princess in the * spiteful.

It was seldom that any one thought of looking after him and the sickly sheep . Moreover. let he was so weary that in the afternoon Fairyfoot fell asleep. but it so happened . we shall be too late for the last so. dance/ " they were gone. " When Robin Goodfellow came to take him home him know that he had overheard anything but never was the boy so unwilling to get up as on that morning. since at the there were really other places in the world than Stumpinghame.TKe * Story of Fairy foot down 113 the cedar Her old skinflint of a father cut I which loved best in the whole forest. with his head on a clump of rushes. He did not wonder When fames admiring his feet. and all day as usual he durst not . besides. I never liked the princess everybody praised her But come. and made a chest of it to hold his money in. because their own were much the same. Fairyfoot could sleep no more with astonishment. but it amazed him that Princess Maybloom's father should be troubled at hers growing large. he wished to see that same princess and her country.

and at last leading Fairyfoot. and Fairyfoot sat down by it to rest himself and ing hi the branches. with the moon shining on it as bright as day. fled and never stopped nor stayed till he reached the banks of a little stream. listen. how things went on in the The shepherd had a bad temper and a and no sooner did he catch sight of Fairyfoot sleeping. he ran after him as fast as his great feet would allow . flowing through dells. bordered with banks of lilies. falling over mossy rocks. dancing-ground. in a voice which woke up the boy. The singing was so sweet he could have . "Thinking it might lead him to the fairies' into the forest. thought he would see pastures. to a grove of great rose-trees. than shouting all the ill names he could remember. when he was tired and the night had fallen.114 Granny's Wonderful CHair that towards evening the old shepherd. but it wound away into the heart of the forest. and his flock straying away. thick staff. Fleecefold. and thousands of nightingales sing- In the midst of that grove was a clear spring. he followed that stream for many an hour. seeing no other shelter from his fury. while Fairyfoot.

but by and by. but as he sat the nightingales songs.' said another. ivy which grows over height and hollow. I'll warrant you. has come from the west country. he thought it might be as well for him to follow the ground-ivy. bank and ! bush. and I hope he will keep the secret. and began to talk together in the silence of the night: What boy is that.' " Fairyfoot sat in great astonishment at this discourse. and see the . and leaving us no rest to either talk or sing.' said one on a branch above him. dabbling in our fountain.The left off their Story of Fairyfoot 115 listened for ever. when the talk ceased and the songs began. from the lowest gate of the king's kitchen- garden to the root of this rose-tree ? He looks a wise boy. How hi the tain ? He world did he find the way ? ' " * How ' said a third nightinsimple you are * What had he to do but follow the groundgale.' " * * he No. or we shall have all the west country here. who sits so lonely by the Fair Foun* ' " cannot have come from Stumpinghame with such small and handsome feet.

he climbed over. and walked through the garden. till a white fawn came frisking by.n6 Granny's Wonderful CKair Princess Maybloom. was thought too mean and had not been opened for seven years. as the great people did in . the sickly sheep. " There was no use knocking the gate was overgrown with tall weeds and moss. but walking slowly. which for the scullions. sleeping in the hollows of old trees by night. young princess in the world. so. It was a long journey but he went on. and along a noble high road. and he heard a soft voice saying sorrowfully: " * Come I cannot back. ground-ivy. my fawn ! run and play with you now. eating wild berries by day. my feet have grown and looking round he saw the loveliest so heavy ' . and a low old-fashioned gate of the king's kitchen-garden. dressed in snowwhite. out of the forest. and wearing a wreath of roses on her golden hair . with fields and villages on every side. not to speak of getting rid of Rough Ruddy. and the crusty old shepherd. come back. to a great city. which led him over height and hollow. being an active boy. and never losing sight of the . bank and bush.

leave to the king. At once he guessed that this must be the Princess Maybloom. accompanied by two of your maids that are the least given to talking. but Fairyfoot was amazed to see that their feet were as small as his own. tain that will make yours if smaller and finer than ever they were. she danced for joy in spite of her large feet. and made her an humble bow.THe Stumpinghame best of them. I have heard of your trouble because your feet have grown large in my coun: * : For seven years past I have been wondering what would make mine grow. your father. . dressed in white and walking slowly. for they could not go before the princess. and the most prudent officer in all his household. gives you come with me.' " When the princess heard that. saying " Royal princess. to no purpose but I know of a certain fountry that's all the fashion. " After her } Story of Fairyfoot for 117 her feet were as large as the six came young ladies. for it would grievously offend the fairies and the nightingales to make that fountain known. and she and her six maids brought Fairyfoot before the king and .

or even keeping the sickly sheep. making an humble reverence.Ii8 Granny's Wonderful CHair hall. At first the king would not believe have gone mad . the pages wanted to turn him out for an impudent impostor. There may be some truth in his For the sake of our only daughter. I will story. bare-footed boy brought in among them. The courtiers laughed so failed to give any Fairyfoot to scorn. and the prime-minister said he ought to be put " death for high-treason. because many great physicians had relief. but the queen. where they sat in their palace with all the courtiers paying their morning compliments. The lords were very much astonished to see a ragged. and offered to set out with the princess that very day. that there could be any use hi his offer. queen. told his message to the king and queen. being a prudent woman. who is the most dis- . choose two maids who talk the least of all our tram. and the ladies thought Princess Maybloom must but Fairyf oot. and my chamberlain. said " this * : I pray your majesty to notice what fine feet boy has. Fairyfoot wished himself safe in the forest to again.

and his face wrinkled. who Let them go with knows but our sorrow may be lessened ? " After some persuasion the king consented. though all his councillors advised the contrary. . " The chamberlain washed and though his hair and at last they had been grey. The maids and the chamberlain did not like the brambles and rough roots of the forest they thought it hard to eat berries and sleep in hollow trees but the princess went on with good courage. and they all set So the two silent out after dinner.TKe the princess: ' Story of Fairy foot 119 creet officer in our household. washed also it could feet make her no the but the moment her touched water . The maids washed esteemed the princess and from that day they were Lastly. maids. and her fawn. the fairer. the discreet chamberlain. reached the grove of rose-trees. were sent with Princess Maybloom. fairest in all the palace. which would not stay behind. and the spring bordered with lilies. the young courtiers envied his beauty for years after. Fairyfoot had hard work guiding them along the track of the ground-ivy.

there is a well in this forest that will I do it. of which he meant make a money chest. and when she had washed and dried them three times. and washed my feet in the well. I saw a bramble branch covered with berries.' said the Princess Maybloom. if you want large feet. and some were green. While they were busy with the cedar. Last summer to time. for the sake of the berries. they were as small and shaped as Fairyfoot's own. in the deepest part of the for- The day was warm and dry. came with my father and his foresters to see a great cedar cut down. I went on and on to its root. with banks feet of dark green moss.I2O Granny's Wonderful CKair they grew less. well. which ripe Some were grew hard by a muddy-looking est. There was great joy among them. my off. so I took off my scarlet shoes. father and mother would not have cast me nor sent me to live among " ' the shepherds.' * Cheer up your heart. but the boy said sorrowfully " Oh! If there had been a well in the world finely : * to make my feet large. but it was the longest bramble that ever grew. but . and my were sore with the rough ground.

and gave every one a drink of the fairies' wine. they came to Robin Goodfellow welcomed At last the company for Fairyfoot's sake. how shall grow large.' " and Princess rose I will Up deepest dell of the forest. he took the Princess Maybloom by the The fawn followed them. So they danced there from sunset till the grey morning. seen the bramble not far and Maybloom. and came to where its root grew. Fairyfoot sat down to wash. the maids and it. and knew ground. " * If ' it was the feet fairies going to their dancing my self. rising ' quickly. but at that minute he heard a sound of music. and nobody . it I off.' said the boy to himI dance with them ? So. and went together till they found the bramble.THe as I Story of Fairyfoot larger every minute. less again. hand. hard by the muddylooking well. with banks of dark green moss in the Fairyfoot as you have shown me the Fair Fountain. the chamberlain followed and all followed the music through the the flowery green. forest. show you the Growing Well. is 121 washed they grew this and have nothing could ever make them day.

Fairyfoot time and Princess live happily. and there is peace and quiet yet in the grove of rose-trees. and were clothed in cloth of silver.122 Granny's Wonderful CHair tired. was Robin Goodto fellow took them all safe home. and visit at still When they go to then- Stumpinghame. and the fairies and the nightingales are great friends to feet in the them. lest the royal family might think them a disgrace. they make haste to the Fan* Fountain. Fairyfoot all manner clothes rich jewels. rose up. and two that wore crowns of gold. wonderful live and when they heard his he and the queen asked him to In process of with them and be their son. because they have told nobody about it. but when they come back. as well as the maids and the chamberlain. " There was great joy that day in the palace be- cause Princess Maybloom's feet were again. made small of fine The king gave and story. Maybloom were married. they always wash Growing Well. as he used take Fairyfoot. and said : ." Here the voice out of the cushion ceased. but before the lark sang.

So the little girl went up in her grandmother's chair. and went down on her grandmother's chair to the servants' That night they gave her a down pillow. and Silverspurs. as the days before: King Winwealth fell into his accustomed low spirits after supper. my daughter. and the two that went before it.TKe Story of Fairyfoot 123 " That's our story." wash our money " replied : Queen Wantall: but King Winwealth said Excepting yesterday's tale. made her courtesy. which was told her by the master-cook. and sent down a message for Snowflower." Snowflower received the necklace accordingly. the clocked ." said Princess Greedalind. and keep all to " ourselves ! " Yes. and the Growing Well to in. and next day she dined on a roast chicken. go and bring this maiden a pearl necklace. gave her thanks. the fourth of was lost in the forest." " " Mamma. my pages. with red shoes. The feasting within and the clamour without went on hall. if we it could find out that Fair Fountain. I have not heard such a story since my brother Wisewit went from me.

tell me a story. of and laid down her head." . welcomed her with and no sooner had she made her the company : courtesy.124 Granny's \STonderful CHair hose. the white satin gown. All joyful looks." than the clear voice from under the cushion said: my " Listen to the story of Childe Charity. and the pearl necklace on. saying " Chair grandmother.

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looked up to the family insomuch that they imagined themselves great people. many servants to work about his house and fields. being poor. and two fair daughters. who was the richest farmer in all that country. The father and mother were as proud as peacocks the daughters . there lived in the west who had neither father nor mother they both died when she was very young. a wife who had brought him a great dowry. it " Now happened that though she was 127 their . flocks and herds. and not one of the family would speak civilly to anybody they thought low. All their neighbours. time. thought themselves the greatest beauties in the world.CHAPTER VI THE STORY OF CHILDE CHARITY " Once upon a country a . He little girl had houses and lands. and left their daughter to the care of her uncle.

" Her uncle's house was and and large white. they had this opinion of the orphan girl. scrubbed dishes. stood among green meadows by a it river's side. and partly because of her humble. but every night she slept in the back garret as sound as a princess could in her palace chamber. uncle would not own her for his niece her cousins . partly because she had no fortune. and to sleep in the back garret. It was it more needy and despised any creature was. the more ready was she to befriend said that the : on which account the people of the west country called her Childe Charity. Childe Charity thought very mean in that proud house. kindly disposition. . all sorts of lumber and dry herbs for the winter.128 Granny's Wonderful Chair near relation. and washed crockery ware . and if she had any other name. was Her would not keep her company. the All the servants learned same and Childe Charity had more work than rest among them. Within. and her aunt sent her to work in the dairy. All the day she scoured pails. where they kept tune. had a farmyard and high granaries. In front it had a porch covered with a vine behind. I never heard it. .

and one day in the harvest season. when this rich farmer's corn had for been all cut down and housed.TKe there were Story of CKilde CKarity two parlours the poor. had never been at feast before . such baskets of Such heaps of cakes and cheese. The first who saw her was dered her to the kitchen-maid. and she or- be gone for an ugly witch. and crooked In short. she was the poorest and ugliest fingers. The next was the herd-boy. The west country people came in their holiday clothes and best behaviour. hearing the noise. for the rich. came out from her seat at the foot of the . a clubbed foot. and they were making merry in kitchen and parlour. when a poor old woman came victuals to the backdoor. Her clothes were coarse and ragged . She had a squinting eye. her hair was scanty and grey . he condescended so far as to invite them to a harvest supper. her teeth were gone. her back was bent. 129 and two kitchens which the neighbours thought wonderfully grand. old woman that ever came begging. begging for broken and a night's lodging. apples and barrels of ale. but Childe Charity. and he threw her a bone over his shoulder.

to the so you how civil at supper tune. All the laughed at Childe Charity for giving her company bed and her supper to a beggar. and mostly cross too they were. No one would listen to her or give her a morsel. Her proud cousins said it was just like her mean spirit. before the little girl awoke. She scraped the pots for her supper that night and slept on a sack among the did not lumber. and sleep that night in her bed in the back garret. without so much as saying thank you. may judge who should come backdoor but the old woman. while the old woman rested in her warm bed and next morning. " That day all the servants were sick after the feast. and asked the old share of the supper. and sleep in her bed in the back garret. The old woman sat down without a word of thanks. till Childe Charity rose from her seat at the foot of the lowest table. . or good-morning. she was up and gone. Again the old woman sat down without a . again asking for broken victuals and a night's lodging. but Childe Charity mind them. and kindly asked her to take her supper. when.130 Granny's Wonderful Chair woman to take her lowest table.

so stupid-looking and clumsy that no herd-boy would keep him. my little girl. " * Good-evening. In the morning the old woman was gone. Story of Childe Charity 131 Childe Charity scraped the pots for her supper.' she said when I will not have Childe Charity opened the door. whom nobody in all the west country will . and slept on the sack. but for six nights after. Sometimes the old woman said. there was she at the backdoor. * your supper and bed to-night I am going on a long journey to see a friend.The word. tinual Her cousins made con- game of what they called her genteel ' visitor. her accustomed knock came to the door. why don't you make this bed softer? and why are your blankets so thin ? but she never gave her a word ' of thanks nor a civil good-morning. as sure as the supper was spread. on the ninth night from her Charity first coming. and the " Childe little girl regularly asked her in. At last. and there she stood with an ugly ashy- coloured dog. but here is a dog of mine. Charity's aunt said she would let her get enough of beggars. Child. when Childe and was getting used to scraping the pots sleeping on the sack.

The proud cousins wanted him drowned. So the little girl gave him part of all her meals. great light ? ' talking in your back garret .132 Granny's Wonderful CHair for keep me. little cross. to and not very till handsome. He I all is a. * Then you and I will count for his keeping. Ugly and cross as the dog was. The dog lay quietly Childe Charity slept soundly. and the old woman had left him to her care. and it was with great trouble that Childe Charity got leave to keep him in an old ruined cow-house. took him privately to her own on back garret. but shortest day hi leave him your care the the year. because the cow-house was damp and cold hi the long nights. and when the hard frost came. but every morning the servants would say to her : " What and fine was that ' some straw in a corner. she set off The servants said he was a disgrace to the house. " When the old woman had said the last word. he fawned on her. to fawn upon her. with such speed that Childe Charity The ugly dog began lost sight of her hi a minute. but he snarled at everybody else.

and no talk that I heard. and set herself to watch at a crevice of the door. and partly from laziness. The window opened. Childe Charity sleeping soundly in her bed. because she gathered news for her mistress. till at length. and heard voices back garret. and bugles. when the winter nights were at the longest. She saw the dog lying quietly in the corner.The " ' Story of Childe Charity light 133 There was no but the moon shining hi through the shutterless window. of little and in marched a troop men clothed in . but an hour before daybreak there a sound of far-off came a glare of lights. like those of lords and ladies in the " Partly from fear. who did least work and got most favour. but night after night. and she thought they must have been dreaming. they saw a light brighter and clearer than the Christmas fire.' said Childe Charity. the little parlour-maid. and the moon shining through the shutterless window. crept out of bed when all the rest were sleeping. of the servants none would rise to see what might be there. when any of them awoke in the dark and silent hour that comes before the morning.

' said the little man. What will your highness please that we do next ? * * " Ye have done Now well. They marched up with great reverence to the dog. " * and the gayest among them said: Royal prince. till the room looked bright as day. we have prepared the ban- quet hall. we have prepared the tapestry. lamp.' said the dog. and see that all things be in our first fashion for the princess and I mean to bring : a stranger " ' who never feasted hi our halls before. and bearing every man a torch. where he lay on the straw. will What your highness please that we do next ? ' . making another reverence and he and his company passed out of the window. and the most richly clothed among them " * said: Royal prince. and there came in a company of little ladies clad there in rose-coloured velvet. They also and carrying each a crystal walked with great reverence up to the dog. ' prepare the feast. .134 Granny's Wonderful CKair crimson and gold. The window opened. By and by was another glare of lights.' Your highness's commands shall be obeyed. and a sound like far-off flutes.

making a low courtesy. and set herself to watch at the back garret . she crept out of bed. and scolded her so that the parlour-maid durst not mention to what she had seen to the servants. so next night. and shall she and her company passed out through the window. the little girl turned in her sleep. but when she told it. that wench have such foolish dreams.' lady.The " * Story of Childe Charity well. which closed quietly behind them. and so eager to great story she could not close her eyes that night. when all the house were asleep.' said the dog. The dog stretched himself out upon the straw. Nevertheless Childe Charity's aunt thought there might be something hi it worth knowing. and the moon shone hi on the back garret. and was up before cock-crow. The parlour-maid was tell this so much amazed.* " * Your highnesses commands little said the be obeyed. and let all things be in our first fashion : for the princess and I will bring with us a stranger who never feasted hi our halls before. * 135 Ye have done Now prepare the robes. her mistress called her a silly to her mistress.

* Prepare the jewels'. and when they were gone the dog stretched himself on the straw. and the little her ladies with the crystal lamps. before cock-crow but when he heard it. Childe Charity turned in her sleep. Granny's Wonderful CHair There she saw exactly what the maid told the little men with the torches. The same thing happened again that the : maid and the mistress saw the little men in crimson with their . tress could say The mis- no more. he laughed . " at her for a foolish woman. ' and the moon shone in on the back garret. and to the other. and advised her not to repeat the like before the neighbours. and the same words Now prepare the pass. only he said to the one. come * in making great reverence to the dog. The mistress could not close her eyes any more than the maid from eagerness to tell the She woke up Childe Charity's rich uncle story. but that night the master thought he would like to see what went on hi the back garret: so when all the house were asleep he slipped out of bed. and the day passed. lest they should think she had lost her senses. presents. and set himself to watch at the crevice in the door.136 door.

presents. and let all things be in our first fashion: for we will bring a stranger from this house who has never travelled with us.' " The little men and the little ladies said. reverence to the ugly dog. we have prepared the To-morrow come and meet me and the princess with horses and chariots.* and the other. and the in moon shone any more on the back " garret. that somewhere near his meadows there lay a path leading to the fames' country. . the Royal prince. Ye have done well. He remembered to have heard his grandfather say. and made an humble * one saying. for thinking of this strange sight. came in at the window. * Your highnesses commands shall be obeyed. * all. Royal prince. The master could not close his eyes than the maid or the mistress. Story of Childe Charity little 137 and the ladies in rose-coloured velvet with their lamps. nor feasted in our halls before.The torches.' When they had gone out through the window the ugly dog stretched himself out on the straw. we have and the dog said to them prepared the jewels t ' . Childe Charity turned in her sleep.

' said the to himself. His wonder was. master but he called his daughters privately. but the master concluded that the doings in his back garret must be a fairy business. and the ugly dog a person of great account. they were so handsome. On the contrary. and in the old to him cow-house. however. Childe Charity's rich uncle made his first business that breakfast of carry it morning to get ready a roast mutton for the ugly dog. and had such " it Accordingly. he snarled at the master. . for he could not say which of them might be called into great company before nightfall. The fairies have strange ways. Nobody had heard or seen the like for many years. what visitor the fairies intended to take from his house and after thinking the matter over he was sure it must be one of his chief . bidding them dress themselves in their best.138 Granny's Wonderful Chair and the haymakers used to see it shining through the grey summer morning as the fairy bands went home. daughters fine clothes. and would have bitten him " if * he had not run away with his mutton. but not a morsel would the dog taste.

Childe Charity opened it. and the old woman's knock was heard at the backdoor. hearing this. Here is our company. came in open chariots. and nobody had come but just as the family were sitting down to supper the ugly dog began to bark. old woman and a great company. and I am going home to hold a feast after my travels. clad so grandly that they shone with gold and jewels. They were in very bad humour when night fell. he and I I will do our best to entertain you. the old woman said : " This is the shortest day in all the year. and was going to offer her bed and supper as usual. wait- ing for the call their father spoke little while the girl scoured and scrubbed hi the dairy. when . then a glare of lights . and now if you will come with me to my house.' " As the of far-off spoke there was a sound flutes and bugles. ' see you have taken good care of my dog. covered with gilding and drawn by snow-white .THe Story of CHilde CHarity 139 Childe Charity's proud cousins. put on the richest of their silks and laces. and strutted like peacocks from kitchen to parlour all of. day.

with long yellow green and gold. and no sooner was the old woman and her dog to the door. on.140 horses. The proud cousins. " We said as the chariots drove curls and a robe of * are. Granny's Wonderful CHair The The first and finest of the chariots was it empty. and the ugly dog jumped in before her. a prince and princess of Fairyland. * be found hi these false and greedy times. with nut-brown hah* and a robe of purple and silver. for the ugly old woman turned at once to a beautiful young princess. and there was a wager between us whether or not there were good people and the little girl sat astonished.* said the prince. had by this time come but nobody wanted them. looking after them through the moonlight . One said Yes. within the chariot than a marvellous change passed over them. while the ugly dog at her side started up a fair young prince. and I have still to lost. in all their finery. * and must pay the feast and presents. Some of the farmer's household. and the other said No. who were night.* " Childe Charity never heard any more of that story.' they. old woman led Childe Charity to by the hand.

They took her to a royal palace. and never came back to that farm- .THe Story of CHilde CHarity 141 had gone one way across the meadows. and When the slept in a chamber inlaid with ivory. which happened be Christmas time. But Childe Charity went with that noble company till this into a country such as she had never seen all for primroses covered the ground. but they gave her a chariot to go in. and were sitting supper. they heard the sound of her coach- man's bugle. The fairy chariot drove away. the prince and princess gave her such heaps of gold and jewels that she could not carry them. and saw her alight with all the jewels and gold at the very backdoor where she had brought in the ugly old woman. She had robes of pale green velvet to wear. feast was done. home drawn by six white horses . and said the chariots day they cannot agree upon the direction. some said they had gone another. where there was nothing but feasting and dancing for seven days. to and on the seventh night. when the farmer's family had settled in thenthat she own minds down to would never come back. and the light was always like that of a summer evening.

house But Childe Charity scrubbed and scoured no more. I have not heard such a tale since my brother Wisewit went from me. rose from among the company. made her courtesy. even proud cousins." in the eyes of her Here the voice out of the cushion ceased." story. for she grew a great lady. with a fair face and a robe of pale green velvet. and one.142 Granny's Wonderful CKair after. bring this maiden a crimson velvet Snowflower took the hat and thanked the king. and was Highjinks. my "and daughter. and the three that went before it. and went down on her grandmother's housekeeper's parlour. had some of those fine chariots " ! my Mamma. my pages. the third of lost in the forest. and said " That's : " we " all. Greedalind." answered Queen Wantthe gold and jewels too!" But King said: Winwealth " Excepting yesterday's story. Her blanket was covered with a patchwork quilt chair to the ." said Princess " if Yes. go and " hat.

As usual. next day she had roast turkey and meat But the feast went on in the palace and envies were . King Winall So she went up with the pre- sents on. and had scarcely " Chair of said." ." when the voice from under the cushion said: to the story of " Listen Sour and Civil. and the chief-butler told Snowflower that to tell she and her chair were wanted wealth a story. even to the crimson hat. my grandmother. made her courtesy to the good company. hall with the usual spites the clamour and complaints all at the gate still heard above fell into the music.TKe for dinner. tell me a story. and King Winwealth spirits his as soon as the supper was over. Story of Childe Charity 143 that night. a message came down from the banquet wonted low hall.

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and long tangled seaweeds cast up by the tide that came and went night and day. There was no harbour nor port round it on Ships passed by at a distance. The fishermen thought themselves as well off as any people in that country. there lay wide grassy downs. and what they had to spare the landsmen bought from them 147 at . where peasants lived and shepherds fed their flocks. where nothing was to be seen but gulls and cormorants. and on the land-side all that shore. where no one lived but fishermen. with their white sails set.CHAPTER SOUR AND VII CIVIL " Once upon a time there stood upon the seacoast of the west country a certain hamlet of low cottages. Their families never wanted for plenty of herrings and mackerel. summer and winter. All was a broad beach of snow-white sand.

but they had only one boat. There was no relationship between them that ever I heard of.' Dame Like mother. and good courage. short. " Nevertheless they agreed wonderfully. who had no other and happened Then* family names were children. and were lucky fishers. and corn. to be near neighbours. Both were strong. like son. active.148 Granny's \S^onderful CHair on the downs. and when Sour was not snarling at somebody. and never came of home without some fish to cook and some to spare. " The two best fishermen in that village were certain village markets the sons of two old widows. Civil thought the whole world * . and the other Civil. and always fished together. each in her own fashion for the saying held good. he was sure to be soft grumbling at everything. giving them in exchange butter. for they called the one Sour. Then* mothers were proud of them. On winter's night or summer's morning they would steer out to sea far beyond the boats of their neighbours. cheese. though their names expressed for Civil the differ- ence of their humours never used a hard word where a one would do.

as a last attempt. The hamlet was divided in opinion concerning the young fishermen. But when the in. and so did Sour and Civil. sea was growing crimson with the sunset their nets were empty. when mists were gathering darkly on sea and sky. and went home. and was called the Merman's Seat from an old report . and the air was chill and frosty. Some thought Civil the best. Civil himself did not like to go home without fish it would damage the high repute they had gained in the village. they steered still farther out. and. Besides. So things went on. the sea was calm and the evening fair. " That day they had not their usual luck. laughing at them.Sour and Civil 149 didn't hold a better than her son. and they were tired. Cast their net where they would. Sour said. without Sour he would catch nothing. and cast their nets beside a rock which rose rough and grey above the water. till one day about the fall of winter. and her boy was the only creature at whom Dame Sour didn't scold and frown. some said. all the boatmen of the hamlet went out to fish. not a single fish came Then* neighbours caught boatfuls.

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had seen the mermen, there on moonlight nights.

that the fishermen's fathers

or sear-people, sitting

Nobody believed
said to be deep

that

rumour now, but the

vil-

lagers did not like to fish there.

The water was

beyond measure, and sudden squalls were apt to trouble it; but Sour and Civil were right glad to see by the moving of their lines that there was something in. their net, and gladder
still

when they found strength was required

it

so heavy that

all

their

to

draw

it

up.

Scarcely

had they landed it on the Merman's Seat, when their joy was changed to disappointment, for besides a few starved mackerel, the net contained
nothing but a monstrous ugly fish as long as Civil (who was taller than Sour), with a huge
snout, a long beard,
prickles.

and a skin

covered

with

said Sour, Such a horrid ugly creature as they shook it out of the net on the rough rock, We needn't fish and gathered up the mackerel.
'

"

'

!

*

here any more.
so
'
!

How

they will

mock us

in the

village for staying out so late,
little

and bringing home

Sour and Civil
"
*

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Let us try again,' said Civil, as he set his creel of mackerel in the boat. * " Not another cast will I make and to-night
' ;

what more Sour would have
by the great
spoke out:
"
'

said,

was
at

cut short

fish, for,

looking round

them,

it

I

home

suppose you don't think me worth taking hi your dirty boat; but I can tell you that if
of

you were down in my country, neither be thought fit to keep me company/

you would

" Sour and Civil were terribly astonished to hear the fish speak. The first could not think of

a cross word
"
*

to say,

but Civil

made answer

in his

accustomed manner.
Indeed,

my

lord,

we beg your
lord,'

pardon, but

our boat is too light to carry such a fish as you/ " You do well to call me said the
* *

fish,

am, though it was hard to expect you could have known my quality in this dress. However, help me off the rock, for I must go home and
for so I
;

for your civility I will give

marriage,

if

you

will

you my daughter in come and see me this day

twelvemonth.'

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" Civil helped the great fish off the rock as
respectfully as his fear

would allow him.

Sour

was

so terrified at the whole transaction, that

he

said not a

word

till

they got safe

home but from
;

that day forward,

when he wanted

to put Civil

down, it was his custom to tell him and his mother that he would get no wife but the ugly fish's
daughter. " Old Dame Sour heard this story from her son,

and

told

it

over the whole village.

Some

wondered, but the most part laughed at

it

people as a

good joke; and Civil and his mother were never known to be angry but on that occasion. Dame
Civil

advised her son never to fish with Sour again ;

and as the boat happened to be his, Civil got an old skiff which one of the fishermen was going to
break up for firewood, and cobbled
self.
it

up

for

him-

" In that skiff he went to sea alone

all

the winter,

and
and

all

the

summer; but though
he could catch
little,

Civil

was brave

skilful,

because his boat

was bad and everybody but his mother began to think him of no value. Sour having the good boat

Sour and
got a

Civil

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new comrade, and had

the praise of being

the best fisherman. " Poor Civil's heart was getting low as the summer wore away. The fish had grown scarce on that

and the fishermen had to steer farther out One evening when he had toiled all day to sea. and caught nothing, Civil thought he would go
coast,

farther too,

and

try his fortune beside the

Mer-

man's rock.
fair; Civil

The sea was calm, and the evening did not remember that it was the very
fish

day on which his troubles began by the great
talking
to

him twelve months before. As he neared the rock the sun was setting, and much astonished was the fisherman to see upon it three fair ladies, with sea-green gowns and strings of
great pearls
of

wound round

their long fair hair ;

two

them were waving their hands to him. They were the tallest and stateliest ladies he had ever seen but Civil could perceive as he came nearer
;

that there

was no

colour in their cheeks, that their

hair

had a strange bluish shade, like that of deep sea-water, and there was a fiery light in their eyes that frightened him. The third, who was less of

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him
at all, but kept her eyes

stature, did not notice

Though her look was mournful, Civil could see that there was a faint rosy bloom on her cheek that her hair was a golden yellow, and her eyes were mild and clear
fixed

on the setting sun.

like those of his

mother.
'

Welcome! welcome! noble fisherman! cried the two ladies. Our father has sent us for you to visit him,* and with one bound they leaped into his boat, bringing with them the smaller lady, who
* *

"

said:

"

*

Oh!
'
!

bright sun

and brave sky that

I

see so

heard no more, for his boat went down miles deep in the sea, and he thought

seldom

But

Civil

himself drowning but one lady had caught him by the right arm, and the other by the left, and pulled
;

him
as
if

into the

mouth

of a rocky cave,

where there

was no water.

On they went, still down and down,

on a steep hill-side. The cave was very long, but it grew wider as they came to the bottom.
Civil

Then

saw a

faint light,

and walked out with

his fair

company

into the country of the sea-people.

In that land there grew neither grass nor flowers,

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same colourless and the same wild Civil light in their eyes. and halls in the marble hills. and mermaids such as walk with the fishermen. all stranger. and their ceilings inlaid with coral. where lived the sea-people with whom. sands of crystal lamps seats lit the palace. ThouThere were and a and tables hewn out of shining spar. Mermen clad in sea-green. but every one with the face. but there were grottoes in the sparry rocks. Their floors were of alabaster. The mermaids led up one of the marble hills to a great cavern with halls and chambers like a palace. but a light clear and silvery as that of the harvest moon. . The fisher- man could see no smoking chimneys. used to as old stories say. fishermen and mariners in the meet on lonely capes and headlands simple times of the world. There were hills of marble. but the 155 ground was covered with bright-coloured shells and pebbles. " Forth they came in all directions to see the with long white beards. their walls of porphyry. and rocks of spar. and over all a cold blue sky with no sun. and decorated with strings of pearls.Sour and Civil bushes nor trees.

terror. merman having thanked the for his invitation. and goblets. Civil. took the seat assigned . and then choose which of my daughters you will have for a bride. here is our guest. saying: Father. himself so thoroughly frightened in his How was he to get home think to his mother ? and what would the old dame when the dark night came without bringing him home ? There was no use in talking Civil had wisdom enough to see that he therefore tried : to take things quietly. with all the countries in the world. In the chief hall there sat a merman on more jewels than all Before him the mermaids brought " " ' c a stately the rest about him.156 great Granny's Wonderful CHair . company sat feasting but what most amazed Civil was the quantity of cups. noble fisherman in a voice it ' ! cried the mer* man. for was that of the great ugly fish wel- come to our halls! Sit down and feast with us. flagons.' Welcome. which Civil remembered with . of such different shapes and patterns that they seemed to have been gathered from chair. made of gold and silver. and.' " Civil had never all felt life.

some dancing. but there was no want of fare on that table meats and wines. another filled his goblet. " If the fisherman had been the lord of lands and castles he would not have been treated with more respect. Civil 157 was hungry with the long day at sea. but the third only looked at him in a stealthy. some feasting. Civil soon and then the mer- man showed him all the splendours of his cavern. but. There were diamonds there whose value the full of fisherman knew not pearls larger than ever a . and in every hall was the same abundance of gold and silver vessels. warning way when nobody perceived finished his share of the feast. such as he had never tasted. but Civil was most astonished when the merman brought him to a marble chamber heaps of precious stones. the fisherman per- ceived that everything there had the taste and smell of the sea. and some playing all manner of games. were set before him in the richest of golden : dishes. hungry as he was.Sour and Civil him on his right hand. The halls were full of company. her. The two mermaids sat by him one filled his plate.

my lord. ' whose mind was already both your daughters are too rich and far too noble for me. the merman * said : " This is my luck second daughter's dowry.' attend her!' said Civil. which seemed gathered from all times and nations. * It the dowry of a queen. for the third has no portion at all.' to But the merman led him it on was filled with heaps of gold coin. therefore I choose the up. because she is not my daughter. made . but only. the maidens you ' marry. "'Good is ' 'It a dowry for a princess. sapphires.' " So you may say. a poor silly girl taken into my family for charity. that would have made the jewellers of the world wonder. .158 diver Granny's Wonderful CHair had gathered emeralds. and rubbies.' said Civil. The images and inscriptions of all the kings that ever reigned were there and another chamber. the merman then said: " * This is my eldest daughter's dowry/ "'Good is luck attend her!' said Civil.' replied the make up your mind which will of But merman. as you may " c see.' Truly.

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and his cobbled skiff. but everybody watched him well. though he made them the best speeches he could And he said a great deal more remember. but Civil would not change his mind. ' you must wait long ferior girl to wedding. Turn where he would. however. and the cold moonlight without. master or guest had their eyes upon him. " * you choose for a her. and he slept on one of no matter how many hours there were the company feasting and dancing away. Granny's Wonderful CKair Her If poverty will best become 1 my estate of a poor fisherman. nobody seemed tired. his net.160 third.' said the I merman. and praised all their splendours. and nobody thought the marble benches of sleep. there were the thousand lamps within. " There was no more attention for the fisherman. One there was no end to thing. be married before cannot allow an indaughters/ my own to persuade him. Fishing would have been easier than those . Civil wished himself back with his mother. was strange the fun and the feasting. and they returned to the hall. When Civil's very eyes closed with weariness.

sleep.' said Civil. waking he saw. is comes. but there still be heard. and the tables.' said the lady. with all their riches. ' and where are company ? " ' * You are a man of the land. so sound to maiden. till. Then they go into the deep caverns. but there was nothing among the sea-people day.' " It . as you and I are folks have their way.' said Civil. ' tell me all what means the merry this quietness. and the company gone. no working on. stood in the empty halls. and there. knew not how tune went up from a long The lamps burned. for the first time. and know not the sea-people. that the feast was over. only a low voice singing beside the outer door. * but all Fair lady. he found the mild-eyed to was no face be seen. sitting all alone. and sleep * till the new year a strange fashion. and that is at Christmas tune.Sour and Civil 161 else everlasting feasts. " Fair * lady. They never sleep but once a year. " Civil no night of rest. where there is always darkness.

and . by which.162 to Granny's Wonderful Chair be good friends. leads to a path under the sea. I know not the ways by which they come but the lord of these halls keeps the keys of seven gates. let me bear you company. but one of the gates. and gold and silver vessels. where they go out and in the maiden . whence come all the wines and meats. though my his favour. for I was born where the sun shines and the grass grows. Good fisherman. I heard the merman say in his cups.' replied them come all the stores and riches that are lost hi it. I was then a little child. when a storm was wrecked. tell me. and a brave sailor had bound me to a floating plank before he was washed away. seeing there are neither cornfields nor flocks here. workmen nor artificers ? ' " * The sea-people are heirs of the sea. country and I my parents are remember is and it sailing in unknown to me. * to . and not one soul escaped drowning but me. Here the arose. which has not been open for thrice seven years. All a great ship. . sea-people came round me like great fishes. if by chance you gain and ever open that gate. one might reach the land.

remember to take nothing with you that belongs to them. as a great favour. may help me back.' said Civil. but be . fallen into the and it us be friends.Sour and Civil I 163 went down with them to this rich and weary Sometimes. fisherman. they take me up with them to see the sun but that is seldom.' " This promise cheered the lady's heart. doubtless. I accept your friendship . but my fear is * that we shall never see the sunshine again. therefore. their country. for if it were but a shell or a pebble. for they never like to part with one who has seen country. that will give yours. you must have been.* them power over you and fair lady. may be we shall find means to get back to let the sunshine together.' " ' Fair speeches brought fair speeches sure I will not go without you.' said Civil. . and she and Civil spent that Christmas time seeing and me here.' " ' You are a man of * good manners. " ' * Thanks for your news. and. same misfortune. while I am but a poor fisherman yet.' said the lady. as we have . A lord's daughter. if you ever leave them.

in every hall. the wonders of the sea country. and heaps chambers. saying. through caves like that of The unfinished feast the tables was spread were covered with most of jewels lay costly vessels . and Sour about. " The sad of heart by this time. brought it skiff floating home. the good woman accustomed herself That to go down at sunset and sit beside the sea. on the floors of unlocked Civil But for the lady's warning. On the first night when he did not come home. believing her son to be drowned. feeling lonely in her cottage at the evening hour when he used to come home. Then the fishermen having found his steered out again. the foolish young man was doubtless lost but what better could be expected when he had no discreet person to take care of him ? . but. of would fain have put away some them for his mother. expected to see her son again. winter happened to be mild on the coast of the . " This She never grieved Dame Civil sore.164 Granny's Wonderful CHair They wandered the great merman. she had poor woman was gone down to the sea and watched till morning.

but. : " ' Woe lost is me for ! my ' daughter. as usual. when from the eastward came a lady clad in black. mounted on a black palfrey. left Ke me a fair castle. and one evening when the Christmas time was near. Dame Civil sat. for I have none beside " him.' When the lady heard that. Woe is me also for my son.Sour and Civil 165 west country. and for all that have " ' * by the sea You say well. and followed by a squire in the same sad clothing. on the The tide was ebbing and the sun going down. daughter would thought this would be a my . a great fortune-teller told me I marry a fisherman. while she was yet a child. I was the widow of a great lord hi the heart of the east country. and sat down by the fisherman's mother. and the rest of the village preparing to make merry. saying: " * Listen to my story. who heart. she said sands. she alighted from her palfrey. as the lady came near. Her name was Faith that Feignless.' said Dame Civil. was the joy of my and an only daughter. noble lady.

however humble be your dwelling. all My squire carries gold enough to pay 1 So the mourning lady and her good Squire Trusty went home with Dame Civil. and she was no longer lonely in her sorrow. for our charges. my good Squire on every shore with those who Trusty. mocked me. Some with whom have mourned grew to forget their sorrow. my grief was I . and 1 have nothing to them. great disgrace to my intending to follow myself as soon as I could get my lands and castles sold. sent my daughter with her nurse in a good ship. I should : * . bound for a certain city where my relations live. I should never ' him go to sea in a cobbled skiff! the lady answered " Oh! if my daughter were but living. wrecked. when " let * the dame if said : Oh ! my son were alive. and would lament with me no more others being sour and selfish. but you have good manners. mourning have lost friends by the sea. and.166 Granny's Wonderful CKair noble family. and my wandered over the world with But the ship was daughter drowned. therefore. saying. and I will remain with you.

Sour and Civil never think ' 167 it a disgrace though she married a always does in the west country shepherds made merry on the downs. who always : ' ' ! wanted visitors. Like one that had forgotten was past. the merman again showed Civil the chamber of gold and the chamber of jewels. . advising him to choose between his two daughters that . Yet as he looked at the glittering heap. " Yes said Civil. the sea-people feasts all of bells were over in all woke up to their continual and dances. and far too rich for him. * J 5 in have neighbours up yonder the west country whom it would be hard to send I ' home again if they got sight of half this wealth ' . and fishermen on the shore. Civil could not help recollecting the poverty of the west country. but the fisherman still answered that the ladies were too noble. and the thought slipped out " How happy my old neighbours would be to find themselves here ' " * Say you so? said the merman. but when the fisherman " The Christmas ! passed as it merrymakings and ringing the land.

talked it over among themselves they grew sure that . and by and by speeches said to Civil : " * Suppose you took up a few jewels. answered prudently what was indeed true " ' Many thanks. yet if the poor maid mitted to have chosen could be peraccompany me. merman said nothing who had heard Civil's till in reply. I think they would believe I whom us both. my lord.168 Granny's Wonderful CHair of and the honest fisherman thought and her son. for choosing such a humble man as I am to bear your message.' " The people. but his speech. but to : the people of the west country never believe anything without two witnesses at the least. and went your poor neighbours how welcome ' up to tell we might make them ? " The prospect of getting back to his country rejoiced Civil's heart. but he had promised not go without the lady. " Dame Sour The merman was greatly delighted with these he thought there was a probability of getting many land-people down. and therefore.

eldest daughter.' " * Tell everybody to conie down. and said : Take these as a present from me.' " Civil and the lady took the presents. for she carries the key of the land gate. the great merman being determined to have them back. All was .' " Civil and the lady followed the mermaid through a winding gallery. and they will and follow my get the like. if they only had news of the riches. seemed for the but. and petitioned their lord to send up Civil and the poor maid by way of letting it " As them know. he gathered out of his treasure chamber some of the largest pearls and diamonds consented.' said the merman i . you are too generous. which led from the chief banquet hall far into the marble hill. to let the west country people see what I can do for my * " visitors.Sour and Civil the whole west country would 169 come down. that lay convenient. my lord. We want nothing but the pleasure of telling of your marvellous riches up yonder. public good. saying: " * Oh.

' " Before they could make answer. Beyond cave. and the mermaid bade them stoop and creep through what seemed a crevice in the ground. then a strip of blue sky. * sand and sea-shells. that they must come here midway between the high and low water-mark. came to a great stone its which creaked that there like thunder on hinges.170 Granny's Wonderful Chair dark. and they had neither lamp nor torch. but at last they saw a gleam of daylight. but at the end of the gallery they gate.' said the lady we have seen .' you among your west country said the mermaid. Civil and the lady thought they would never reach the top. and both stood up on the broad sea-beach as the day was breaking and the tide ebbing fast away. or passage there. but was covered by the loose to Civil. sloping up and up like a steep hill-side. " ' Now. Call thrice on the sea-people and we will show them the way. * Tell any of them that to would come down to visit us. she had sunk and there was no track all down from their sight. when the tide is going out at morning or evening. " * was a narrow Good tunes like to people.

everybody praised Civil for the shown in his difficulties. and tossed his into the sea They thought they heard a long moan come up from the waters. " Civil never was so unwilling to part with anything as that bag. At last. and 171 go back. " The whole were village woke up that ' ! * with cries of back. Faith Feignless. it c Welcome ' ! back. When it was told. but Civil saw his mother's chimney beginning to smoke. Cast in the merman's present quickly before the sun rises* . she flung it as far as she could into the sea. my son morning Y/elcome my daughter for the mournful lady knew was her lost daughter. and with the fair lady in her sea-green gown he hastened to the good dame's cottage. when they heard . and all the neighbours assembled to hear their story. they did nothing but rail upon losing such great chances f him for making himself and the whole country rich. prudence he had except Sour and his mother. whom the fisherman had brought back. but he thought it better to follow a good example. also.Sour and Civil the heavens once more. we will not and taking the bag of pearls and diamonds.

others say I know not with his mother toward the how they learned it that Sour and his mother grumbled and growled so much that even the seapeople grew weary of them.172 Granny's Wonderful CHair over and over again of the merman's treasures. rose up. neither mother nor son would consent to stay any longer in the west country. " That's our story. and became a great lord. and turned them and on the open sea. and as nobody per- suaded them." Here the voice ceased. and they would not take Civil's direction. Sour got out his boat and steered away Merman's Rock. by all accounts they have been seen everywhere." . and I should not be surprised if they were in this their boat out As for Civil. and two and said : that were clad in sea-green silk. Feignless. he married Faith good company. Some say they went down and lived among the sea-people. From that voyage they never came back to the hamlet. with coronets of pearls. What part of the world they chose to land on nobody is certain.

The music had never been so merry. "And bring all the treasures back with us!" answered Queen Wantall. stories. and the four went before since my lost have not heard such a story brother Wisewit went from me. " the tale of Except that yesterday. went down upon her grandmother's chair. and bring this maiden a purple velvet mantle. if we could get down to that country!" said Princess Greedalind. things were gayer than ever in the palace. and it. rise. the second of my pages. mamma. where she was bidden to stay and share the hard by in a wainscot chamber." said King Winwealth. the dishes so rich. entertained there is no doubt." The mantle was brought. I was " in the forest. for King Winwealth had been heard to say that it was not clear to him and sleep That she was well feast. Readyrein. but next . but that night the little girl went no farther than the lowest banquet hall.Sour and Civil " 173 Oh. could have got through the seven days' feast without her grandmother's chair and its how he day being the last of the seven. and Snowflower having thanked the king.

from the red shoes to the purple mantle. Perhaps low spirits for after was these doings that brought the earlier than usual on King Winwealth. and laid down her head. But having made her courtesy. nor the disputes and envies so many it in the halls. " Chair of my grandmother.174 Granny's Wonderful CKair or the wines so rare. her finery." ." the clear voice from under the cushion answered " Listen to the of : Story Merrymind. neither had the clamours at the gate ever been so loud. tell me a story. and the cupbearer told Snowflower to go up with her chair. looking so like a princess that the whole the little girl Now put on all company rose to welcome her. for King Winwealth wished to hear another story. and went up with her chair. dinner his majesty fell into them so deeply that a message came down from the highest banquet hall. saying.

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12 177 . which the neighbours thought a strange name. the neighbours Their thirteen children grew taller and stronger every year. five sheep. and the like. either the poor think man and it his wife could remember no other name. and thirteen were called children. or something in the child's look made them him Merrymind. and they had hard work to keep them in bread but when the youngest was .CHAPTER VIII THE STORY OF MERRYMIND " Once upon a time there lived in the north country a certain poor man and his wife. and proper. as they showed no other signs let that pass. for they called very much above their station. Twelve of these children by names common in the north country Hard- head. however. Tightfingers. who had two corn-fields. three cows. Stiffneck. but when the thirteenth came to be named. of pride.

Therefore. he would not show a poor spirit. there fair. and was held on midsummer-day. and gave every one of the thirteen a silver penny. The poor this large family could afford them spend in such ways. and. but as the fair happened only once in seven years. they dressed themselves in their holi- . because it came only once in seven years. known in the north country that could not it. he opened the leathern bag hi which his savings were stored. be bought or sold in willing to go and neither old nor young were home man who owned little to without a fairing. " Merchants and dealers of all sorts crowded There was nothing to that fair from far and near. had never before owned so much pocket-money. which everybody in the north country went. wondering what they " The boys and girls should buy. lying between a broad river and a high hill.178 old Granny's Wonderful CHair enough to look after his father 's sheep. happened the great to not in any town or village. but on a green plain. calling them about him. where it was said the fairies used to dance in old and merry tunes.

but before evening twelve of the thirteen had got fairly rid of their money. the tents for fun and feasting.THe Story of Merry-mind i?9 day clothes. a third green garters. he looked at and priced the most of them. heaped up with all manner of merchandise. plain . the father bought a tobacco-pipe. all had provided themin his selves with fairings except Merrymind. The day far silver wore away in seeing It wonders. When they came near the ground midsummer morning. another a crimson riband. One bought a pair of brass buckles. and fiddles enough there were in the fair small and painted. was how pennies went in those days. the stalls. but there was not one and large. neighbours and strangers. from that ginger-bread upwards. and the crowd attire. and in chatting with surprising old friends. the mother a horn snuffbox in short. all in their best made those simple people think then: north of country fair the finest sight in the world. and set out with their father and mother to the fair. " The cause of the silver penny remaining pocket was that he had set his heart upon a fiddle . the puppet-shows. the rope-dancers.

His father and mother warned him to make haste with his purchase. stately.180 that Granny's Wonderful CKair came within the compass of a silver penny. and if the . for they must all go home at sunset. as Merrymind came forward. and the all its strings were broken. my young master ? he said. because he had nothing on his stall but one old dingy fiddle. who had many customers. his goods being fine and new. for many dealers had packed up their stalls and departed but there was . because the way was long. You shall have J " * ' it cheap . little man ' sat as and Nevertheless. at whom everybody had laughed that day. to which the had reached. " The sun was getting low and red upon the hill. but hard by sat a little grey-haired man. a mossy hollow in the great outskirts of the fair hill-side. I ask but a silver penny for it . the fair was growing thin. Fidcried. kept by a far young merchant from a country. The first thing \vas a stall of fiddles. as if he had the best stall hi the Buy a fiddle. and Merrymind thought he would see what might be there. * dles to sell ! fair.

we merchants have a deal to look I will tell bundle up my stall. if you get. except by threads from the nightspinners. the little man said : "' About that is fiddle. and could mend the strings while watching his father's sheep.' and if said the little man.THe strings Story of Merrymind its like 181 in the were mended. So down went the silver penny on the little man's stall.' " Merrymind thought this a great bargain. " Merrymind thought that was queer news. you a wonderful piece of news about that you help me to fiddle. certain the strings young master: it can never be mended. so he helped him to tie up the loose boards composed his stall with an old rope. and up the hill he ran like a greyhound. it will be a good pennyworth ' .' Merrymind was good-natured and fond of news. . and when they were hoisted on his back like " and sticks that a fagot. 'you see that after. nor my made new. " * Now. my young master. and up went the fiddle under Merrymind's arm. He was a handy boy. would not be north country. which.

good ill. woman. who were soon on got their way home. he believed the little man was only jesting. Merrymind tried . no mending would stand. from which token I fear thou wilt never have many to lay out. said if he laid out one penny lay out the next better. Merrymind fell to repairing the he spent all his time. he might and who knew but his would be of use some day? To make her words good. true to the little man's parting words. and made haste to join the rest of the family. they there every one riddle . showed his for buying to play.182 Granny's Wonderful CKair but being given to hope the best. strings upon them. everybody threw scorn on Merry- mind's bargain except his mother. When bargain. both night and day.* little Thou hast shown " In short. and no string would hold on that fiddle. and his father said: " * prudence in laying out thy first penny. but. but his and Merrymind showed his brothers and sisters laughed at him such a thing when he had never learned His sisters asked him what music he could bring out of broken strings. fiddle She.

THe everything. and go to seek his fortune. he resolved to leave the scorn behind him. and his mother her blessing. the neighbours thought he must turn out a scapegrace. " In the His father gave him a barley cake. they could spare one out of thirteen. last Story of Merrymind 183 and wearied himself to no purpose. being in a manner ashamed of him. Still the boy would not part with his fiddle. At at he thought of inquiring after people who spun night and this seemed such a good joke to the . north country people. Everybody believed in his father's prophecy. and as she had twelve other children. but since nobody at home cared for him except his mother. It was his silver pennyworth. All his brothers and sisters wished him welL Most of the neighbours hoped that no . and he had a strong hope of mending the strings for all that had come and gone. his brothers and sisters valued him no more than a herd-boy. that they wanted no other till the next fair. " The family were not very sorry to hear of that intention. besides. meantime Merrymind lost credit at home and abroad.

and he went up without meeting any one. and learn something of the night-spinners. one of them wound through a pine-wood. and Merrymind set out one summer morning with the broken-stringed fiddle under his arm. and overhung by a dull. stony way leading to a wide valley surrounded by high hills. was covered with heather to the top. Merrymind had never met with to turn briars so sharp. but it the summer evening. and after a hard scramble down. he knew not seemed green and pleasant. where two paths met. The hill up the hill. so Merrymind went over the fair ground and hoping to meet the little man. On the other side it was steep and rocky. The other was a rough. he came to a narrow glen all overgrown with wild furze and brambles.184 Granny's Wonderful GHair harm would happen to him. " There were no highways then in the north country people took whatever path pleased them best. but readily. though it was yet early in how far. he came to the end of the glen. back he was not the boy and pressed on in spite of till torn clothes and scratched hands. thick mist. .

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his clothes were sackcloth. and I can tell you it's no trifle. His white hair and beard hung like tangled flax about him. there came an old man as tall and large as any three men of the north country. * If you take the Merrymind way through the wood I know not what will coming near to ' : happen to you.' said Merrymind. when. so. father.* ' "* Well. made of and on his back he carried a heavy * burden of dust heaped high in a great pannier. if you please. you seem tired. you lazy vagabond! he said. to choose. firmly bound one side of the pannier to his shoulders with the same strong rope that fastened it on his own back. and never ceased scolding and calling him names as they marched . " Listen to me. but if you choose this path you must help me with my pannier.' " Scarce had he spoken when the huge man caught hold of him. though not quite so tall. and help you along with the pannier.The " Story of Merry-mind 185 Merrymind was weary with and stood thinking of what path his long journey. and I am younger than you. by the way of the valley. I will choose this way.

and loosed the rope from his own and Merrymind's I shoulders. in hopes of beguiling the way. and therefore answered " The cottage. good father. before. and by a feeble glimmer of the moonlight. Here the old man paused.i86 Granny's Wonderful CKair over the stony ground together.* he said. which now began to shine.' ' : . " ' For seven tunes seven years. and at him humour. so will release you. he began to rhyme which his mother had taught him. for its door stood open to the night winds. Where you sleep ' by my kitchen " or in that cold cottage ? Merrymind thought he had got quite enough of the old man's society. and the night in better and putting sing an old had fallen very dark and cold. and no one ever sang while Night releases all men. By this time they had entered the valley. It was a rough way and a heavy burden. and Merrymind wished himself a thousand times out of the old man's company. if you please. off. but there was no getting length. ' have carried this pannier. The old man ceased scolding. Merrymind saw that they were close by a deserted cottage. helping I me fire.

and Merrymind thought he must have been dreaming when he opened his eyes next morning on the bare and The beautiful night was gone. and his clothes were thin. then man. The moon was shining through door and window. " The all floor was hard. . solitary house. and he went off with his pannier. and the night looked clear as day . but in all the valley he could hear no sound. down in a corner.TKe " ' Story of Merry-mind ' ! 187 said the old sound sleep to you. and the heavy mist had come back. nor was there any trace of inhabitants in the cottage. There was no blue sky. and. like that of mid-winter but Merrymind ate the half of his barley cake. as if there had not been a fire A single article of furni- ture was not be seen but Merrymind was sore weary. no bright sun to be seen. and went out to see the valley. stream hard by. to . came a sweet sound of singing voices and spinning-wheels. with he fell fast asleep. A Merrymind stepped into the deserted cottage. drank from a but through his sleep there . laying himself his fiddle close by. " The hearth looked there for years. The light was cold and grey. for the mist was gone.

the The men hammered and delved. marble floors. women scrubbed and scoured. in fields. " Merrymind thought this unreasonable. all splitting wood or making . owners took neither ease nor pleasure in them. The cattle and sheep grazed they were never to get another mouthful . for everybody there appeared rich. Every face looked careworn and cheerless. The dogs went out after hares on own account. the very children were hard at work. and shelves of silver tankards were to be seen in every house but their . but Merrymind could hear neither talk nor laughter among them. " The birds of that valley did not sing building. as if and the herdsmen were baskets.l88 " It Granny's Wonderful CHair was full of inhabitants. and in forges. the men delved in scarlet. The scrubbed in silk. busy in houses. and every word was something about work or gain. and every one laboured as it were for life. women Crim- son curtains. in and they were all mills. all they cats were too busy pecking and did not lie The by the fire they were on the watch their for mice.

would reply nor answer him any castle questions. at a window from which she could see the whole valley. her look was sour and gloomy. The gates stood open. " No one in or out to of the Merrymind's salutations. and Merrymind ventured in. They were churning in the banquet hall. he was so busy begging. there sat a noble lady. but all the yarn they made was jet black. Her dress was rich. Come and work wages to talk * ! The poor men said.THe Story of Merrymind 189 " In the midst of the valley there stood a stately castle. They were making cheese on the dais. and hair the lady spun as hard as they. ' The ' rich men pulled out their purses. spinning on ancient distaffs. for saying. Round her sat twelve maidens of the same aspect. but instead of park and gardens. all its principal chambers. In the highest tower of that busy castle. but of a dingy drab colour. brew- houses and washing-greens lay round it. Her was iron-grey. We have no time * ! A cripple by the wayside wouldn't answer him. and a child by a cottage door said . and spinning and weaving in The courtyard was full of coopers.

Granny's Wonderful CHair day Merrymind wandered about with his broken-stringed fiddle. and near the deserted cottage Merrymind met the old man. and all day it must go to work. And no place to to mend my if fiddle in. is in great wrath. or have always worked so hard and heavily. with a hearty scolding for his idleness and levity. * what sport or pastime have the people valley ? ' of this " ' Sport and * pastime ! ' cried the old man. ' tune the night again came on. .' "By this knew it The people began to hurry home in all directions. he by the clearing mist and the rising moon. Silence came over house and field. but one would not like go away without they knowing what has come over the people. ' ! We work by day and sleep by There no sport in Dame Dreary's land and. he left Merry- mind to sleep once more in the cottage. All he saw the great old man marching round and round the valley with his heavy burden of dust.' he said. Where did you hear of the like? night. " Good I pray you tell me father. " ' It is the dreariest valley that ever * I beheld! ' he said to himself.

he wandered away to the farthest end of the valley. " The same heavy mist shut out sun and sky. : white tent. Merrymind ate the other half of his barley cake. and. " There. and went out to see the country. though too drowsy to open his eyes. rich and poor wanted him to work still more earnestly than the day before.THe "That Story of Merry-mind 191 night the boy did not sleep so sound. drank again from the stream. Merrymind could find no one to answer a single question. the same hard work went forward wherever he turned his eyes. with one arm. There was no passage or but through a great iron gate secured with a heavy padlock close by it stood a outlet. and the great old man with the dust-pannier strode on his accustomed round. and in the door a tall soldier. there was no work. resolving to find out what this meant before he left the valley. stood smoking a long pipe. and was bounded by grey crags. for the land lay bare and lonely. He was the first . as high and steep as any castle-wall. and fearing that some of them might press him into service. he was sure there had been singing and spinning near him all night.

Dreary. and what is the story of this valley ? ' " * Hold said the and I will tell my pipe. ' "'Yes. and the giant with the dust-pannier guards the other entrance night and day. so coming up with his best bow. please * to tell me what * country * is this. " That is bad news. whom. seven times seven years. * * but since I am here. evening before yesterday. and his face looked to him like that of a friend.' said the soldier. please to tell me why were such laws made. that you ask such questions ? answered the soldier.' " * *I came but the Then I am sorry for you. and why do the people work so hard ? " Are you a stranger in this place. the boy said: " Honourable master soldier.192 idle Granny's Wonderful CHair man Merrymind had seen in the valley.' said Merrymind.' said Merrymind. This valley belongs to the lady of yonder castle. She had another for men have called Dame name in her youth . for nobody else will take the tune. My orders are to must everybody in and nobody out. you. for here you let remain.' * soldier.

with silver wheels on their shoulders. brightest there . out of fair it. All that was changed. and Christmas cheer among them. kept the pine-forest. came by night. harvest-homes. when he was not sleeping Two maidens. The people wore homespun.THe Story of Merrymind 193 they called her Lady Littlecare. bered it for the old folks who remem- was because of a magic ring which fell from the lady's finger some because of a spring in the castle-court which went However it was. and hewed yule logs hi the sun. The sun shone gered longest. There were May-games. in the fields. clothed in white. and drank out of horn. Shepherds piped on the and sang laughter came with the red firelight out of every house in the evening. Some say it . but they had merry times. Dreary. reapers nobody knows how. Hard work and hard times overspread are dead. the last of the giants. 13 . singing-birds sat on the trees. and then the valley was the fairest spot hi all the north country. the lady turned Dame dry. the summers lin- Fames danced on all the hill-tops. Strongarm. and spun golden threads by the hearth of every cottage. hill-sides.

cannot tell you what great rewards he offered could do it. will be so till Dame Dreary lays down all and dances. the fairies the valley. If I with my * one arm. it They say her distaff. but the fiddlers of the north country have tried their merriest tunes to no purpose. I should have been working as hard as any of them by this time. and placed me here to keep the gate. and took up a burden of dust. had not brought my pipe with me. and he cannot change I the order of Dame Dreary's land.194 Granny's Wonderful CKair The mist came down. if you take my advice you will learn to smoke. and therefore made a law that whomsoever entered should not leave it.' " If my fiddle were mended it would be better. and the night-spinners were seen no more in any man's dwelling. but when no good came to any who of his offers. the king feared that similar fashions might spread among his people. and save his subjects trouble. He all has filled conquered his enemies. departed. The king is a wise prince and a great warrior. His majesty took me captive in war. Young master. but two treasure-houses.' . the giant Strongarm grew old.

THe said till Story of Merry-mind . there pine a heap of cones. there sat two fair maidens. but as Merrymind drew near to where the two paths met. There was no foot abroad. with his pannier at his head. and the shining in. and ' Is that your kitchen-fire ? stones close by him. . and no appearance of the giant. and he tried to steal past. sleep in the deserted " It was late when he came near it. Merrymind thought it was a good time for trying to get out of the valley. and calling him bad names. 195 Merrymind and he sat talking with the soldier the mist began to clear and the moon to rise. ' was he fast asleep beside a fire of thought the boy to himself. to and then went home cottage. but by the fireless hearth all in moon was white spinning on silver wheels. but Strongarm started up. and pursued him with stones. and the moonlight night looked lovely beside the misty day. Merrymind was glad to run the whole way fear of him. half-way back " for to the cottage. The door was still open. and singing together a blithe and pleasant tune like the larks on May-morning.

so. and each us will give of you a thread for your pains. and the misty day before he was able to come back with a moon was small fagot. was but on the floor where they sat lay two long threads of gold. .' Merrymind took his broken fiddle with him. whose threads would mend his fiddle.' said the fair maidens.196 Granny's Wonderful CKair Merrymind could have listened all night. but so careful were the people of Dame Dreary's land. stepping with reverence and good courage. and no mortal has seen or spoken to us. have we spun by night in this deserted * cottage. still . and went through all the valley gathering sticks by the moonlight. and the " had come fan* gone. he said: " * Honourable ladies. to Go and gather sticks through all the valley make a fire for us on this cold hearth. that scarce a stick could be found. 1 For seven times seven years. The cottage door their silver maidens and open the wheels were gone. I pray you give a poor boy a thread to " * mend his fiddle-strings. but suddenly he bethought him that these must be the night-spinners.

paused in their delving. The men women stopped then* children dropped their work. Then he learned the truth of the little man's saying at the fair. the and every one stood still in their places while Merrymind and his fiddle passed on. Scarce had his bow touched the strings when they began and pleasant tune which the night-spinners sang together. and he went out along the valley with his fiddle. also. the boy tried to play. to shine The old dingy fiddle too began at length it and glisten. for no sooner were the strings fastened with those golden threads than they became firm. When he . and never was of this tune. to play of themselves the same blithe " * Some of the workers will stop for the sake Merrymind. that.' said such a day seen in Dame Dreary's land. unlearned as he was in music. The music filled the air. and was golden This sight made Merrymind so joyful. and next took up the golden threads to mend his fiddle. the little scrubbing. the busy people heard it.The " Story of Merrymind first 197 Merrymind heaped up his fagot on the hearth. to be ready against their coming at night.

and cheeks like Dame Dreary. and laughing eyes. tossed the pannier of it and put . " Then a sound the whole valley.198 Granny's \7onderf\il CHair to the castle. and she was no but the Lady Littlecare. After that Strongann broke the rope. with golden hair. the sun shone out . . hills . the blue sky away was . she grew young again the sourness passed from her looks. the churning ceased in the banquet hall v/lieels . " Merry-mind played through the halls and up As he came near. of merrymaking came up from rolled The heavy mist over the . and cheese-making the looms and spinning- stopped in the principal chambers. the dame cast down her distaff. and danced with all her might. the coopers cast came down their tools in the court. seen a clear spring gushed up hi the castle-court a white falcon came from the east with a golden ring. on the lady's ringer. and Darne Dreary's distaff stood still in her hand. They brought her the dress of white and cherry-colour she used longer to wear in her youth. All her maidens did the like and as they danced the tower-stairs. and the greyness from her hair. summer roses.

. It is said that none of them ever learned to play a single tune except Merrymind's mother. Everybody praised Merrymind and his fiddle and when news of his wonderful playing came to the king's ears. and man. and child took to fiddling." whom her Here the voice ceased." . and said: " That's my story. with their silver wheels. and no more in the deserted cottage. were seen by every hearth.THe the sun. and one clothed in green and russet-coloured velvet rose up with a golden fiddle in his hand. woman. Story of Merrymind down 199 dust from his shoulder. and lay to sleep in That night the fairies danced on the and the night-spinners. on son bestowed great presents. which under that wise monarch was the highest post in his kingdom. they thought music must be a good thing. hill-tops . soldier a free be his first man. and promoted Merrymind to fiddler. he commanded the iron gate to be taken away he made the captive . "As soon as Merrymind's family and neighbours heard of the high preferment his fiddle had gained for him.

go and bring maiden a golden girdle. " I have not heard such a story as that since my brother Wisewit went from me. And since her grand- mother's chair can she shall go no more into low company. but feast with us in our chief banquet hall. and the five that went before it. the this first of my pages. and was lost in the forest. said King Winwealth. and sleep in one of the best " ! chambers of the tell such stories.20O " Granny's Wonderful GKair Excepting yesterday's tale. Fairfortune. palace .

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whose wonderful stories she had heard from the chair. little and when her golden girdle was put on. Snowflower looked as fine as the best of them. while she looked ready to cry for spite. what finery and favour she has gained by her story-telling chair! All the court are praising her and overlooking me. 203 What .CHAPTER IX PRINCE WISEWIT'S RETURN Snowflower was delighted feasting with those noble lords at the promise of and ladies. " only see that low little girl who came here in a coarse frock " Mamma. though the feast was made Mamma. and she thanked King Y/inwealth from the bottom of her heart. I must have in honour of my birthday. Greedalind. All the company were glad to make room for her." whispered the Princess and barefooted. Her courtesy was twice as low as usual. that chair from her.

" said Queen Want- for by this time she saw that King Winwealth had. my daughter. and directly made it a present to Princess Greedalind. laid on what she thought a very grand down her head on the cushion. where she good deal more angry than hurt. . saying: " Chair of my grandmother. So calling two of her pages. still All the courtiers tried in vain to comfort her. according to custom." " " Where did you get a grandmother ? cried the clear voice from under the cushion. Nobody in that court ever thought of disputing Queen WantalPs commands. and up went the chair with such force as Greedalind ing. alind.204 Granny's Wonderful CKair common little girl business has a " ? with anything so amusing " So you all shall. tell me a story. and poor Snowflower sat down to cry in a corner while Princess Greed. whose temper was worse. a off to throw Princess lay scream- on the floor. Screw and Hardhands. she ordered them to bring the chair from the other end of the hall where Snowflower sat. putting air. fallen asleep on his throne. But Queen Wantall.

a bird. " Catch it! catch it! " cried the queen and the princess. but King V/inwealth. and sent for Sturdy. They were nearest to the bird. and poor Snowflower. the king's first page. which her majesty never found. coming to the covered . darted out and flew away through an open window. and.Prince Wisewit's IVeturn 205 vowed that she would punish the impudent thing. whose tipped snow-white feathers were with purple. drew her back by the pit. It slept flew over the palace garden and into a wild com- and all mon. her chief woodman. purple mantle. At the first stroke the cushion was cut open. when. by running hard. but Fair- fortune. to the astonishment of everybody. who still on his throne. came close behind them. though three deep To make the place pits were dug to come at it. to chop it up with his axe. look smart at the feast time these pits had been covered over with loose boughs and rest of the turf. where houses had been before Queen Wantall pulled them down to search for a gold mine. rushed out after the bird. All the company remembered this but Queen Wantall and Princess Greedalind.

clad in a robe of purple colours. but all the fairy and ladies " cried. of the chair's Welcome to Prince Wisewit!" King Winwealth heard that sound where he slept. The pit was of great depth.206 Granny's Wonderful CKair boughs and turf gave way. Everybody looked for the bird. Most of the courtiers stood not to think. saw it alight. . they of the pit. knew him. for and a crown of changing sometimes it seemed of gold and someknowing what people and all the lords stories. her to own pages came out with ropes and lanthorns search for Queen Wantall and Princess Greedfound them safe and well at the bottom alind. and came out glad of heart to welcome back When the lord high chamberlain and his brother. and down went the queen and the princess. there stood a fair and royal prince. but it was nowhere to be seen but on the common where they . having fallen on a heap of loose sand. and whatever were the yellow grains they saw glittering among the sand/the queen and the princess believed it was full of gold. but some daylight shone down. and times of forest leaves.

and utterly refused to come out of the pit. Screw and Hardhands. went down to help them. and given it to old Dame Frostyface. for leaving so much wealth behind them. and buy the world with it for themselves. who found him off his guard in the forest how she had . leading hand. the profits. and a score of bad names beside.Prince Wisewit's Return 207 They called the miners false knaves. in hopes of halving the princess. he went home with the rest of the company. they could find no pleasure in the palace. and the gold was not found when this story was written. He commanded shovels and picks to be lowered to the queen and The two pages. and telling them all into a bird by the cunning fairy Fortunetta. Some of the courtiers said they would find others believed they never could. and there they stayed. and . it. lazy rogues. Snowflower by the how he had been turned shut him up under the cushion of that curious chair. that since Prince Wisewit was come. but would stay there and dig for gold. saying. digging for gold. Wmwealth thought the plan King was a good one for keeping peace in his palace. As for Prince Wisewit.

for they had They kept the feast for seven days more. hi her grey hood and mantle. Snowflower was right glad to see her grandmother so were the king and prince.2o8 Granny's "Wonderful Chair all how to his comfort had been in little Snowflower. King Winwealth and Prince Wisewit reigned once more known the dame in her youth. together and because Snowflower was the best girl in all that country. heiress. There were no more clamours without. King Winwealth was so rejoiced to find his brother again. they chose her to be then. whom he told so many stories. From . Everybody got what they most wanted. The houses and lands which Queen Wantall had taken away were restored to then* rightful owners. that he commanded another feast to be held for seven days. and when it was ended everything was right in the kingdom. instead of Princess Greedalind. All that time the gates of the palace stood all open . comers were welcome. nor discontents within the palace. and on the seventh day of the feast who should arrive but Dame Frostyface. all complaints heard.

Dame Frostyface. They put a new velvet cushion on her chair. and did not return hi the time Good boys and girls. and she sat in a gown of grey cloth. however greedy. set off on a journey round the world. chance to read it. work. spinning on an ivory wheel in a fine painted parlour. Wells work no wonders and there are no such doings on . wore white velvet and she had seven pages. do not mine for gold. and learning.Prince Wise-wit's Return that day forward she 209 satin. Prince Wisewit built a summer-house covered with vines and roses. and lived in the grandest part of the palace. on the spot where her old cottage stood. who may of this story. Queens and princesses. was made a great lady. Chairs tell no tales. Great wars. Kings make no seven-day feasts for all comers now. . have passed over the world since then. that time is long ago. hills and 14 forests. and altered all its fashions. finding that her reign was over in those parts. and the cunning fairy Fortunetta. for the fairies dance no more. that all good people might come and go there at their leisure. too. edged with gold. He also great made a highway through the forest.

whose tales of the are so good that they must have been heard certain that from themselves. but nobody has been known to have seen them for many a year. It is no living man knows the sub- sequent history of King Winwealth's country. nor what became of all the notable characters who lived and visited at his palace. that Queen Wantall and Princess Greedalind have found the gold. that Prince Wisewit has somehow fallen under a stronger spell and a thicker cushion. Yet there are people who believe that the monarch still falls asleep on his throne.2io Granny's Wonderful CHair Some it say it was the hum of schools some think was the din of factories that frightened them. and begun to buy. it is said. and when both cushion and spell are broken by another stroke of Sturdy's hatchet N . that Dame Frostyface yet spins they cannot tell where. except. one Hans Christian Andersen. looking out for the early spring . and into low spirits after supper. in fairies Denmark. that he still tells stories to Snowflower and her friends. that Snowflower may still be seen at the new year's time in her dress of white velvet.

and bring back the fairy tunes to the world. THE E1TD -*- .Prince Wise-wit's Return which they expect prince will will 211 make all happen some time the things right again.

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