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Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales

Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing

Book Overview: 

Ogres, hillmen, and both fairies and fools abound by forest and town in this book by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing. Designed to cultivate imagination, character, and leave a strong moral when finished, she blends humor with short parables and rustic settings.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Alas, that his young life should be cut short thus!"

"Trouble not thyself," said the Neck; "this life is so short and so uncertain, that if he were rescued to-day he might be taken from thee to-morrow. Only in eternity is love secure. Wherefore be patient, and thou shalt soon follow him."

"And who art thou that mockest my sorrow?" cried the maiden.

"One who has watched the passing misfortunes of many generations before thine," replied the Neck.

And when the maiden looked, and saw one like a little old man wringing out his beard into the lake, she knew it was a Neck, and cried, "Now surely thou art a Neck, and they say, 'When Necks play, the winds wisht;' wherefore I beg of thee to play upon thy harp, and it may be that the storm will lull, and my beloved will be saved."

But the Neck answered, "It is not worth while."

And when the maiden could not pe. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The tales are old fashioned, and that means that they include a hefty dose of things we find unnecessary today; racism, corporal punishment, theft etc. Ewing wrote a heap of children’s stories and I find it rather intriguing that the daughter of a clergyman tries to use the world of the fae and magi

Fun little stories

Lovely book, fun, exciting stories, hard to put down. Will be looking for more of the same. The odd words a little odd but, I'm sure they mean something.

I heard about this author in G.K. Chesterton's book about Victorian writers. Half of the stories in this book are charming. The other half are forgettable. The best part (to me) was the intro about the value of fairy tales for teaching eternal truths.