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Comment by Margot



by Margot

In the 16th Century, Reginald Scot listed over thirty alleged supernatural and fairy beings that he indignantly claimed had been taught to him and others by superstitious “mothers’ maids”, and which had resulted in a fear of one’s own shadow. On the other hand, the English writer and poet Sir Edmund William Gosse (1849 – 1928), who came from a Plymouth Brethren background, complained of the complete opposite:

“Never in all my early childhood, did anyone address to me the affecting preamble, "Once upon a time!" I was told about missionaries, but never about pirates; I was familiar with humming birds, but I had never heard of fairies. Jack the Giant-Killer, Rumpelstiltskin and Robin Hood were not of my acquaintance, and although I understood about wolves, Little Red Riding hood was a stranger even by name”.

Hmm ... you can please some of the people some of the time, but the grass is always greener elsewhere, it seems.



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