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MOPSA THE FAIRY

BY JEAN INGELOW

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

Boston

Little, Brown, and Company

1919

Author's Edition.

DEDICATED TO MY DEAR LITTLE COUSIN JANE HOLLWAY.

[Illustration: THE ENCHANTED BAY.

"Look at those five grand ones with high prows: they were part of the

Spanish Armada."--PAGE 16.]

CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE

I. Above the Clouds. 1

II. Captain Jack. 14

III. Winding-Up Time. 23

IV. Bees and Other Fellow-Creatures. 42

V. The Parrot in His Shawl. 60

VI. The Town With Nobody in It. 80

VII. Half-A-Crown. 91

VIII. A Story. 106

IX. After The Party. 121

X. Mopsa Learns Her Letters. 133

XI. Good-Morning, Sister. 146

XII. They Run Away From Old Mother Fate. 158

XIII. Melon Seeds. 174

XIV. Reeds and Rushes. 187

XV. The Queen's Wand. 199

XVI. Failure. 219

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

The Enchanted Bay. Frontispiece

Jack's New Friend. 82

Jack's Slave. 98

A Story. 107

The Queen. 114

The Apple Woman. 156

They Run Away From Old Mother Fate. 162

The Queen's Farewell. 234

CHAPTER I.

ABOVE THE CLOUDS.

"And can this be my own world?

'Tis all gold and snow,

Save where scarlet waves are hurled

Down yon gulf below."

"'Tis thy world, 'tis my world,

City, mead, and shore,

For he that hath his own world

Hath many worlds more."

A boy, whom I knew very well, was once going through a meadow, which

was full of buttercups. The nurse and his baby sister were with him;

and when they got to an old hawthorn, which grew in the hedge and was

covered with blossom, they all sat down in its shade, and the nurse

took out three slices of plum-cake, gave one to each of the children,

and kept one for herself.

While the boy was eating, he observed that this hedge was very high

and thick, and that there was a great hollow in the trunk of the old

thorn-tree, and he heard a twittering, as if there was a nest

somewhere inside; so he thrust his head in, twisted himself round, and

looked up.

It was a very great thorn-tree, and the hollow was so large that two

or three boys could have stood upright in it; and when he got used to

the dim light in that brown, still place, he saw that a good way above

his head there was a nest,--rather a curious one, too, for it was as

large as a pair of blackbirds would have built,--and yet it was made

of fine white wool and delicate bits of moss; in short, it was like a

goldfinch's nest magnified three times.

Just then he thought he heard some little voices cry, "Jack! Jack!"

His baby sister was asleep, and the nurse was reading a story-book, so

it could not have been either of them who called. "I must get in

here," said the boy. "I wish this hole was larger." So he began to

wriggle and twist himself through, and just as he pulled in his last

foot, he looked up, and three heads which had been peeping over the

edge of the nest suddenly popped down again.

"Those heads had no beaks, I am sure," said Jack, and he stood on

tiptoe and poked in one of his fingers. "And the things have no

feathers," he continued; so, the hollow being rather rugged, he

managed to climb up and look in.

His eyes were not used yet to the dim light; but he was sure those

things were not birds,--no. He poked them, and they took no notice;

but when he snatched one of them out of the nest, it gave a loud

squeak, and said, "O don't, Jack!" as plainly as possible, upon which

he was so frightened that he lost his footing, dropped the thing, and

slipped down himself. Luckily, he was not hurt, nor the thing either;

he could see it quite plainly now: it was creeping about like rather

an old baby, and had on a little frock and pinafore.

"It's a fairy!" exclaimed Jack to himself. "How curious! and this must

be a fairy's nest. Oh, how angry the old mother will be if this little

thing creeps away and gets out of the hole!" So he looked down. "Oh,

the hole is on the other side," he said; and he turned round, but the

hole was not on the other side; it was not on any side; it must have

closed up all on a sudden, while he was looking into the nest, for,

look whichever way he would, there was no hole at all, excepting a

very little one high up over the nest, which let in a very small

sunbeam.

Jack was very much astonished, but he went on eating his cake, and was

so delighted to see the young fairy climb up the side of the hollow

and scramble again into her nest, that he laughed heartily; upon which

all the nestlings popped up their heads, and, showing their pretty

white teeth, pointed at the slice of cake.

"Well," said Jack, "I may have to stay inside here for a long time,

and I have nothing to eat but this cake; however, your mouths are very

small, so you shall have a piece;" and he broke off a small piece, and

put it into the nest, climbing up to see them eat it.

These young fairies were a long time dividing and munching the cake,

and before they had finished, it began to be rather dark, for a black

cloud came over and covered the little sunbeam. At the same time the

wind rose, and rocked the boughs, and made the old tree creak and

tremble. Then there was thunder and rain, and the little fairies were

so frightened that they got out of the nest and crept into Jack's

pockets. One got into each waistcoat pocket, and the other two were

very comfortable, for he took out his handkerchief and made room for

them in the pocket of his jacket.

It got darker and darker, till at last Jack could only just see the

hole, and it seemed to be a very long way off. Every time he looked at

it, it was farther off, and at last he saw a thin crescent moon

shining through it.

"I am sure it cannot be night yet," he said; and he took out one of

the fattest of the young fairies, and held it up towards the hole.

"Look at that," said he; "what is to be done now? the hole is so far

off that it's night up there, and down here I haven't done eating my

lunch."

"Well," answered the young fairy, "then why don't you whistle?"

Jack was surprised to hear her speak in this sensible manner, and in

the light of the moon he looked at her very attentively.

"When first I saw you in the nest," said he, "you had a pinafore on,

and now you have a smart little apron, with lace round it."

"That is because I am much older now," said the fairy; "we never take

such a long time to grow up as you do."

"But your pinafore?" said Jack.

"Turned into an apron, of course," replied the fairy, "just as your

velvet jacket will turn into a tail-coat when you are old enough."

"It won't," said Jack.

"Yes it will," answered the fairy, with an air of superior wisdom.

"Don't argue with me; I am older now than you are,--nearly grown up,

in fact. Put me into your pocket again, and whistle as loudly as you

can."

Jack laughed, put her in, and pulled out another. "Worse and worse,"

he said; "why, this was a boy fairy, and now he has a mustache and a

sword, and looks as fierce as possible!"

"I think I heard my sister tell you to whistle?" said this fairy, very

sternly.

"Yes, she did," said Jack. "Well, I suppose I had better do it." So he

whistled very loudly indeed.

"Why did you leave off so soon?" said another of them, peeping out.

"Why, if you wish to know," answered Jack, "it was because I thought

something took hold of my legs."

"Ridiculous child!" cried the last of the four, "how do you think you

are ever to get out, if she doesn't take hold of your legs?"

Jack thought he would rather have done a long-division sum than have

been obliged to whistle; but he could not help doing it when they told

him, and he felt something take hold of his legs again, and then give

him a jerk, which hoisted him on to its back, where he sat astride,

and wondered whether the thing was a pony; but it was not, for he

presently observed that it had a very slender neck, and then that it

was covered with feathers. It was a large bird, and he presently found

that they were rising towards the hole, which had become so very far

off, and in a few minutes she dashed through the hole, with Jack on

her back and all the fairies in his pockets.

It was so dark that he could see nothing, and he twined his arms round

the bird's neck, to hold on, upon which this agreeable fowl told him

not to be afraid, and said she hoped he was comfortable.

"I should be more comfortable," replied Jack, "if I knew how I could

get home again. I don't wish to go home just yet, for I want to see

where we are flying to, but papa and mamma will be frightened if I

never do."

"Oh no," replied the albatross (for she was an albatross), "you need

not be at all afraid about that. When boys go to Fairyland, their

parents never are uneasy about them."

"Really?" exclaimed Jack.

"Quite true," replied the albatross.

"And so we are going to Fairyland?" exclaimed Jack; "how delightful!"

"Yes," said the albatross; "the back way, mind; we are only going the

back way. You could go in two minutes by the usual route; but these

young fairies want to go before they are summoned, and therefore you

and I are taking them." And she continued to fly on in the dark sky

for a very long time.

"They seem to be all fast asleep," said Jack.

"Perhaps they will sleep till we come to the wonderful river,"

replied the albatross; and just then she flew with a great bump

against something that met her in the air.

"What craft is this that hangs out no light?" said a gruff voice.

"I might ask the same question of you," answered the albatross,

sullenly.

"I'm only a poor Will-o'-the-wisp," replied the voice, "and you know

very well that I have but a lantern to show." Thereupon a lantern

became visible, and Jack saw by the light of it a man, who looked old

and tired, and he was so transparent that you could see through him,

lantern and all.

"I hope I have not hurt you, William," said the albatross; "I will

light up immediately. Good-night."

"Good-night," answered the Will-o'-the-wisp. "I am going down as fast

as I can; the storm blew me up, and I am never easy excepting in my

native swamps."

Jack might have taken more notice of Will, if the albatross had not

begun to light up. She did it in this way. First, one of her eyes

began to gleam with a beautiful green light, which cast its rays far

and near, and then, when it was as bright as a lamp, the other eye

began to shine, and the light of that eye was red. In short, she was

lighted up just like a vessel at sea.

Jack was so happy that he hardly knew which to look at first, there

really were so many remarkable things.

"They snore," said the albatross, "they are very fast asleep, and

before they wake I should like to talk to you a little."

She meant that the fairies snored, and so they did, in Jack's

pockets.

"My name," continued the albatross, "is Jenny. Do you think you shall

remember that? because, when you are in Fairyland and want some one to

take you home again, and call 'Jenny,' I shall be able to come to you;

and I shall come with pleasure, for I like boys better than fairies."

"Thank you," said Jack. "Oh yes, I shall remember your name, it is

such a very easy one."

"If it is in the night that you want me, just look up," continued the

albatross, "and you will see a green and a red spark moving in the

air; you will then call Jenny, and I will come; but remember that I

cannot come unless you do call me."

"Very well," said Jack; but he was not attending, because there was so

much to be seen.

In the first place, all the stars excepting a few large ones were

gone, and they looked frightened; and as it got lighter, one after the

other seemed to give a little start in the blue sky and go out. And

then Jack looked down and saw, as he thought, a great country, covered

with very jagged snow mountains with astonishingly sharp peaks. Here

and there he saw a very deep lake,--at least he thought it was a lake;

but while he was admiring the mountains, there came an enormous crack

between two of the largest, and he saw the sun come rolling up among

them, and it seemed to be almost smothered.

"Why, those are clouds!" exclaimed Jack; "and O how rosy they have all

turned! I thought they were mountains."

"Yes, they are clouds," said the albatross; and then they turned gold

color; and next they began to plunge and tumble, and every one of the

peaks put on a glittering crown; and next they broke themselves to

pieces, and began to drift away. In fact, Jack had been out all night,

and now it was morning.

CHAPTER II.

CAPTAIN JACK.

"It has been our lot to sail with many captains, not one

of whom is fit to be a patch on your back."--_Letter of

the Ship's Company of H. M. S. S. Royalist to Captain W.

T. Bate._

All this time the albatross kept dropping down and down like a stone,

till Jack was quite out of breath, and they fell or flew, whichever

you like to call it, straight through one of the great chasms which he

had thought were lakes, and he looked down, as he sat on the bird's

back, to see what the world is like when you hang a good way above it

at sunrise.

It was a very beautiful sight; the sheep and lambs were still fast

asleep on the green hills, and the sea-birds were asleep in long rows

upon the ledges of the cliffs, with their heads under their wings.

"Are those young fairies awake yet?" asked the albatross.


生词表:
  • failure [´feiljə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.失败;衰竭;破产   (初中英语单词)
  • farewell [feə´wel] 移动到这儿单词发声  int.再见 n.&a.告别   (初中英语单词)
  • scarlet [´skɑ:lit] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.猩红色 a.猩红的   (初中英语单词)
  • meadow [´medəu] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.草地;牧场   (初中英语单词)
  • blossom [´blɔsəm] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.花;开花期 vi.开花   (初中英语单词)
  • thrust [θrʌst] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.&n.猛推;冲;刺;挤进   (初中英语单词)
  • delicate [´delikət] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.精美的;微妙的   (初中英语单词)
  • reading [´ri:diŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(阅)读;朗读;读物   (初中英语单词)
  • plainly [´pleinli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.平坦地;简单地   (初中英语单词)
  • pointed [´pɔintid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.尖(锐)的;中肯的   (初中英语单词)
  • thunder [´θʌndə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.雷 vi.打雷 vt.吼出   (初中英语单词)
  • handkerchief [´hæŋkətʃif] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.手帕,手绢   (初中英语单词)
  • sensible [´sensəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.感觉得到的   (初中英语单词)
  • jacket [´dʒækit] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.茄克衫;外套   (初中英语单词)
  • whistle [´wisəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.吹哨 n.口哨;汽笛   (初中英语单词)
  • fierce [fiəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.残忍的;强烈的   (初中英语单词)
  • slender [´slendə] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.细长的;微薄的   (初中英语单词)
  • presently [´prezəntli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.不久;目前   (初中英语单词)
  • agreeable [ə´gri:əbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.适合的;符合的   (初中英语单词)
  • therefore [´ðeəfɔ:] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.&conj.因此;所以   (初中英语单词)
  • thereupon [,ðeərə´pɔn] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.因此;于是   (初中英语单词)
  • visible [´vizəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.可见的;明显的   (初中英语单词)
  • vessel [´vesəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.容器;船;脉管   (初中英语单词)
  • remarkable [ri´mɑ:kəbl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.值得注意的;显著的   (初中英语单词)
  • enormous [i´nɔ:məs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.巨大地,很,极   (初中英语单词)
  • plunge [plʌndʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.插进 n.投入;冲击   (初中英语单词)
  • breath [breθ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.呼吸;气息   (初中英语单词)
  • upright [´ʌprait] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.直立的 ad.直立地   (高中英语单词)
  • rugged [´rʌgid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不平的;粗犷的   (高中英语单词)
  • scramble [´skræmbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.&n.爬;争夺;炒(蛋)   (高中英语单词)
  • heartily [´hɑ:tili] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.衷心地;亲切地   (高中英语单词)
  • sunbeam [´sʌnbi:m] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.日光   (高中英语单词)
  • uneasy [ʌn´i:zi] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不安的;不自在的   (高中英语单词)
  • lantern [´læntən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.灯笼;提灯   (高中英语单词)
  • transparent [træns´peərənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.透明的;显而易见的   (高中英语单词)
  • parrot [´pærət] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.鹦鹉;应声虫   (英语四级单词)
  • delighted [di´laitid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.高兴的;喜欢的   (英语四级单词)
  • crescent [´kresənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.月牙 a.新月形的   (英语四级单词)
  • mustache [mə´stɑ:ʃ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.髭,小胡子   (英语四级单词)
  • fairyland [´fɛərilænd] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.仙境,奇境   (英语四级单词)
  • hawthorn [´hɔ:θɔ:n] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.山楂(属)   (英语六级单词)
  • footing [´futiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.立脚点;基础;地位   (英语六级单词)
  • whichever [witʃ´evə] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.&pron.无论哪个(些)   (英语六级单词)
  • waistcoat [´weskət, ´weiskəut] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.背心,马甲   (英语六级单词)
  • taking [´teikiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.迷人的 n.捕获物   (英语六级单词)
  • royalist [´rɔiəlist] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.保皇主义者   (英语六级单词)

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