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The Fairies and The Christmas Child

The Fairies and the Christmas Child
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The Fairies and the Christmas Child
By Lilian Gask
The Illustrations are by
Willy Pogány
G G Harrap & Co
London


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Contents


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Chapter   Page
I. The Fairy Ring 1
II. The Princess with the Sea-Green Hair 25
III. Rose-Marie and the Poupican 45
IV. The Bird at the Window 67
V. The White Stone of Happiness 89
VI. The Seven Fair Queens of Pirou 109
VII. In the Dwarf's Palace 133
VIII. The Silver Horn 157
IX. The Little White Feather 175
X. The Wild Huntsman 197
XI. The White Princess 217
XII. The Favourite of the Fates 239


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List of Illustrations *


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"We rocked the cradle" Frontispiece
 Page
"The worst of being a Christmas Child" 1
"Nancy Blake." 5
"I fancied that I had seen those wee brown men" 11
"The Fairies fled" 12
"The 'Portunes' were queer creatures" 17
"The Fairy Ring was thronged with dancing Elves" 20
"The Locust" 24
"The cliffs were hidden in the mist" 25
"The strange-shaped fish who carried lanterns on their heads" 30
"Here a Fairy Princess awaited him" 33
"When his hair was white as snow" 34
"A knight on a magnificent black charger" 39
"He found a knight stretched in agony" 44
"It was spring time when we left" 45
"The Hunter who shot the white Doe" 49
"Poupican" 52
"She proceeded to whip him soundly" 53
Rose-Marie and the Poupican 54
"Rose-Marie gave up the Poupican" 57
"The Story of Peric and Jean" 58
"They tossed him three times in the air" 63
"The Korrigans stole her baby" 64
"He found he had red hair and a hump" 66
"Sitting on the steps were two hideous old women" 67
"The Wee Men of Morlaix" 72
"The Bird at the Window" 77
"She hid herself behind a curtain." 83
"The jealous lord was furious with rage" 84
"Thus did he avenge the wrongs of his parents" 88
"A little boy in a red cap" 89
"Nain Rouge of Normandy" 95
"Etienne would come and watch her too" 96
"What ails you, Madame Marguerite?" 99
"A small white stone, smooth and round" 100
"She asked me to walk with her through the wood" 108
"Their lovely Queen lost her heart to him" 109
"The Lord of Argouges threw himself on his knees" 114
"Her horse, thrice neighing, changed into a bird" 119
"The Seven Fair Queens of Pirou" 120
"They instantly changed into snow-white birds." 129
"The bewildered gaze of Siegmund" 130
"Stooping down, she kissed my forehead." 132
"One knock is enough, if we want to hear it" 133
"Fat little things with big blue eyes" 137
"The Dwarf invited me to be seated" 141
"His little spouse offered me a sip of nectar" 142
"The Dwarf seated himself on one of the velvet cushions" 145
"Elberich perched on the horse's mane" 146
"Elberich had jeered him finely" 151
"The flashing blades of the guards cut the empty air" 152
"'She is yours, O Otnit!' cried the Dwarf" 154
"The Dwarf displayed himself" 156
"Surely you are thirsty and will drink from my horn?" 157
"The little Karl and the wild-woman" 165
"In the old man's place sat a little Dwarf" 167
"He was sullen as winter clouds" 168
"Wild-women dancing" 174
"He was sitting on the edge of a bookcase" 175
"The Heinzelmänchen" 178
"She forgot the trap she had laid for us" 179
"We sailed down the Rhine in a phantom boat" 185
"He desired his presence at a certain hour" 186
"A little white feather danced above their heads" 189
"Hinzelmann" 190
"'How now?' cried a reassuring voice" 196
"A little woman dressed in green pushed me breathlessly aside" 197
"The Wild Huntsman" 201
"He entreated the maiden to come down" 205
"The Moss-woman vanished" 206
"'Take it all!' he cried, thrusting his bread into her tiny hands" 210
"Went shyly down to meet him" 212
"She knitted away until her hundredth year" 216
"A little old woman appeared" 217
"He lifted her load to his own shoulders" 222
"Lowered herself from her window by means of a rope of pearls" 224
"He tickled the monster's nose" 233
"Though he had bound her body with chains, he could not fetter her spirit" 234
"Coccode was sitting on a pile of eggs that reached almost up to the ceiling" 239
"A lovely white hen was at my feet" 241
"Her friends held up their hands in horror" 242
"The snowy flax flew from under her fingers" 249
"Pepita rushed into his arms" 253
"The nimble little men flew hither and thither" 254
"There was any amount of cricket" 261
"The Christmas Child" 262


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To
"The Doctor"
and
Mrs. Macnaughton-Jones
my "Good Fairies"
and best of
Friends


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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

* The original list of illustrations lists only a few of the illustrations in the book. The original pages with the list of illustrations have been scanned, so that readers can see it as it existed in the print edition. The transcribed list of illustrations has been expanded to include all the illustrations in the stories in the book (not including the introductory pages.) The new list is further annotated to indicate whether the illustrations are full-page color plates full-page drawings or minor drawings. The Frontispiece mentioned in the list of illustrations did not appear in the copy used to create the online edition, and so is missing from the online edition. Size and placement of illustrations may vary somewhat from the original book.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom