fairy tale


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fairy tale

, story
a story about fairies or other mythical or magical beings, esp one of traditional origin told to children
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It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.
Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal.
"My mother says that all you look at can be turned into a fairy tale: and that you can find a story in everything."
"Yes, if a fairy tale would come of its own accord; but they are proud and haughty, and come only when they choose.
"But that is no fairy tale," said the little boy, who was listening to the story.
CECILY:--"Besides, fairy tales always end nicely and this doesn't."
"We were talking fairy tales," he answered, "and they are not nonsense.
Perhaps his reason had been suddenly unseated by the unnatural captivity he carried with him, but in that wood he felt something unfathomably German--the fairy tale. He knew with half his mind that he was drawing near to the castle of an ogre--he had forgotten that he was the ogre.
But I incline to believe that there was a fairy tale, after all, in that little wood, horrible as was its occasion.
Was it not like the old fairy tales, the you-help-us and we'll-help-you of Psyche and the ants?
"They will say that it is but one more of the fairy tales of this wonderful Mr.
"These," he declared, "are fairy tales. Pailleton was a friend of mine.