The Grey Fairy Book: Original Text (Paperback)

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'Don't stir from the fireplace to-night, ' said old Peggy, 'for the wind is blowing so violently that the house shakes; besides, this is Hallow-e'en, when the witches are abroad, and the goblins, who are their servants, are wandering about in all sorts of disguises, doing harm to the children of men.''Why should I stay here?' said the eldest of the young people. 'No, I must go and see what the daughter of old Jacob, the rope-maker, is doing. She wouldn't close her blue eyes all night if I didn't visit her father before the moon had gone down.''I must go and catch lobsters and crabs' said the second, 'and not all the witches and goblins in the world shall hinder me.'So they all determined to go on their business or pleasure, and scorned the wise advice of old Peggy. Only the youngest child hesitated a minute, when she said to him, 'You stay here, my little Richard, and I will tell you beautiful stories.'But he wanted to pick a bunch of wild thyme and some blackberries by moonlight, and ran out after the others. When they got outside the house they said: 'The old woman talks of wind and storm, but never was the weather finer or the sky more clear; see how majestically the moon stalks through the transparent clouds 'Then all of a sudden they noticed a little black pony close beside them.'Oh, ho ' they said, 'that is old Valentine's pony; it must have escaped from its stable, and is going down to drink at the horse-pond.''My pretty little pony, ' said the eldest, patting the creature with his hand, 'you mustn't run too far; I'll take you to the pond myself.'With these words he jumped on the pony's back and was quickly followed by his second brother, then by the third, and so on, till at last they were all astride the little beast, down to the small Richard, who didn't like to be left behind.On the way to the pond they met several of their companions, and they invited them all to mount the pony, which they did, and the little creature did not seem to mind the extra weight, but trotted merrily along.The quicker it trotted the more the young people enjoyed the fun; they dug their heels into the pony's sides and called out, 'Gallop, little horse, you have never had such brave riders on your back before.


Product Details
ISBN: 9798719346366
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: March 10th, 2021
Pages: 210
Language: English