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The Dragon of Wantley

Owen Wister

Book Overview: 

The "true" story of the Wantley Dragon. Set at Christmas time, it is a tale of a Baron, his daughter, a brave knight, True Love, and the terrible Dragon of Wantley. Oh, and don't forget the wine.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Baron’s secret.

Sir Godfrey is just this day returned from France with some famous tuns of wine, and presents for Elaine and Mrs. Mistletoe. His humour is (or was, till Whelpdale, poor wretch! answered the bell) of the best possible. And now, this moment, he is being told by the luckless Buttons that the Dragon of Wantley has taken to drinking, as well as eating, what does not belong to him; has for the last three nights burst the big gates of the wine-cellar that open on the hillside the Manor stands upon; that a hogshead of the Baron’s best Burgundy is going; and that two hogsheads of his choicest Malvoisie are gone!

One hundred and twenty-eight gallons in three nights’ work! But I suppose a fire-breathing Dragon must be very thirsty.

There was a dead silence in the study overhead, and old Popham’s calves were shaking loose as he waited.[31]

“And so you stood by and let this black, sneaking, pro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I adore the English pantomime tradition - you know, those silly Christmas plays for children that star everyone from the Widow Twankay to Tinkerbell and Captain Hook? Of course the grandaddy of them all is Thackeray's Rose and the Ring, one of the great Victorian children's books. Here, Owen Wist...more

Clever and funny, as only a classic can be. [SPOILER ALERT] Even if this classic takes all the fantasy and magic out of a naturally fantastical legend, reducing it to cynical reality and a bunch of laughs. I'd've been happier if the bad guys had gotten their just desserts, but the ending was stil...more

After reading The Virginian, I was excited to look at other of Wister's works. The Dragon of Wantly wasn't near the caliber of The Virginian, but it was an entertaining story.

If you have to choose between those two, go with The Virginian. If you have time for both or just want a light read, The...more

SO MUCH FUN!
No spoilers!
Go and read it for yourself!

A humorous story and not at all what I expected. While there are lessons to learn from the tale I personally found it highly amusing and refreshing in its conclusion. This is not a good triumphs over evil kind of story.

An entertaining book, reminds me a lot of Edith Nesbit; satirical, with enough clever dialogue to keep adults entertained, but still silly enough to be accessible to children.

Most of the stories I’ve been reading lately have been true literary gems. Which, in layman’s terms, means that they would be wholly uninteresting for you to read. You can blame the Kindle for this. Were it not for this lovely contrivance, there is no way I would spend the money buying an out-of-...more

In the town there is a dragon menacing them and eating their cattle. Then he takes the baron's wine. Hell have no fury like a baron whose wine has been pilfered.

Also there is a curse and it seems only the baron's daughter meeting the dragon alone will break it. Well the baron was having none of t...more

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