The Light Princess And Other Stories Classic Fairytales

Includes The Giant's Heart & the Shadows, By George MacDonald

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is in danger. The various sorts of artificial light, both in houses and in men, women, and children, threaten to end our being. The use and the dis­position of gaslights, especially high in the centres, blind the eyes by which alone we can be perceived. We are all but banished from towns. We are driven into villages and lonely houses, chiefly old farm-houses, out of which, even, our friends the fairies are fast disappearing. We therefore petition our king, by the power of his art, to restore us to our rights in the house itself, and in the hearts of its inhabitants."
"But," said the king, "you frighten the child* ren."
" Very seldom, your majesty ; and then only for their good. We seldom seek to frighten any­body. We mostly want to make people silent and thoughtful; to awe them a little, your majesty.'*
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