It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale
, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.
WHEN the author of these little tales
commenced them, it was her intention to form a short series of such stories as, it was hoped, might not be entirely without moral advantage; but unforeseen circumstances have prevented their completion, and, unwilling to delay the publication any longer, she commits them to the world in their present unfinished state, without any flattering anticipations of their reception.
We may be sure that when the day's work was done, when the fight or the chase was over, they gathered round the wood fire and listened to the tales
of the story-teller.
As in most of my writings I insist not on the events but on their effect upon the persons in the tale
And I have noticed another thing: that as the short tale
grows into the long tale
, the original intention (or motif) is apt to get abolished and find itself superseded by a quite different one.
Yes, if a fairy tale
would come of its own accord; but they are proud and haughty, and come only when they choose.
Sometimes, as in his treatment of the popular medieval beast-epic material in the Nun's Priest's Tale
of the Fox and the Cock, the humor takes the form of boisterous farce; but much more often it is of the finer intellectual sort, the sort which a careless reader may not catch, but which touches with perfect sureness and charming lightness on all the incongruities of life, always, too, in kindly spirit.
And shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales
which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?
As I was painting the bright petals of a blue bell, it told me this tale
Marry, we shall have it a again," sighed the boy; "that same old weary tale
that he hath told a thousand times in the same words, and that he WILL tell till he dieth, every time he hath gotten his barrel full and feeleth his exaggeration-mill a-working.
In the Sketches from Memory Hawthorne gives an intimation of the tale
which he might write and did afterward write of The Great Carbuncle.
The author did not make any obstinate opposition, for he began to be of opinion with Dr Wheeler, in Miss Edgeworth's excellent tale