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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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There was a very hot summer! It began to be hot in March. All the rivers were dried up. The grass did not grow. The corn did not grow. The thermom­eters ex­ploded with heat. The barometers stood at Set Fair. The people were much distressed, and came and broke
win-they when wrong in Pantouflia.
The king con­sulted the learned men about the Court, who told him that probably a
was in the neighbourhood.
Now, the Firedrake is a beast, or bird, about the bigness of an elephant. Its body is made of iron, and it is always red-hot. A more ter-
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