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[Illustration: The Zankiwank & The Bletherwitch]

The Zankiwank and The Bletherwitch

An Original Fantastic Fairy Extravaganza

" Imagination is always the ruling and divine power, and the rest of the man is only the instrument which it sounds, or the tablet on which it writes. " JOHN RUSKIN.

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THE ZANKIWANK & THE BLETHERWITCH

BY S.J. ADAIR FITZGERALD

WITH PICTURES BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

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LONDON J.M. DENT & Co. ALDINE HOUSE E.C. 1896

All Rights Reserved

To MY BLANCHE

I AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBE THIS LITTLE BOOK

CONTENTS

PART I A TRIP TO FABLE LAND 1

PART II THE FAIRIES' FEATHER AND FLOWER LAND 33

PART III A VISIT TO SHADOW LAND 91

PART IV THE LAND OF TOPSY TURVEY 119

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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EVERYBODY MADE A RUSH FOR THE TRAIN Frontispiece

THE ZANKIWANK AND THE BLETHERWITCH Title Page

THE JACKARANDAJAM 5

MR SWINGLEBINKS 7

THEY WERE RUN INTO BY A DEMON ON A BICYCLE 17

BIRDS, BEASTS AND FISHES WERE HURRYING BY IN CONFUSING MASSES 19

THE FROGS ... PLAYING "KISS IN THE RING" 24

THEY WERE GLUED TO THE EARTH 27

THE ELFIN ORCHESTRA 37

I HAVE DISPATCHED THE JACKARANDAJAM AND MR SWINGLEBINKS IN A FOUR WHEELED CAB 41

A COMPANY OF FAIRIES ... LEAPT FROM THE PETALS OF THE FLOWERS 45

THE SLY JACKDAWS AND THE RAVENS ... EVIDENTLY PLOTTING MISCHIEF 51

ONE OF THE PRETTIEST DANCES YOU EVER SAW 55

TITANIA ARRIVED ... WITH A FULL TRAIN OF FAIRIES AND ELVES 61

WILLIE PINCHED HIS EXCEEDINGLY THIN LEGS, MAKING HIM JUMP AS HIGH AS AN APRIL RAINBOW 64

PEASEBLOSSOM AND MUSTARD SEED 71

QUEEN TITANIA AND HER COURT OF FAIRIES WERE EATING PUDDINGS AND PIES 75

THE TWO CHILDREN TUMBLED OFF NOTHING INTO A VACANT SPACE 79

"KEEP THE POT A BOILING," BAWLED THE ZANKIWANK 83

SO INTO SHADOWLAND THEY TUMBLED 87

A WHOLE SCHOOL OF CHILDREN FOLLOWING MADLY IN THEIR WAKE 95

THE GOBLINS STARTED OFF ON HORSEBACK 101

"THE UNFORTUNATE DOLL" 103

THE WINNY WEG WAS DANCING IN A CORNER ALL BY HERSELF 106

MAUDE AND WILLIE WERE RECLINING PEACEFULLY ON A GOLDEN COUCH WITH SILVER CUSHIONS 107

A GAME OF LEAP FROG 108

A GREAT RED CAVERN OPENED AND SWALLOWED UP EVERYTHING 117

"NOW THEN, MOVE ON!" 123

THE WIMBLE AND THE WAMBLE 126

JORUMGANDER THE YOUNGER ... APPROACHED THEM WITH A CASE OF PENS 133

"WHY, HERE HE IS!" 138

THE ZANKIWANK ARGUING WITH THE CLERK OF THE WEATHER AND THE WEATHER COCK 145

TIME WAS MEANT FOR SLAVES 151

CHILDREN WITH THE ODDEST HEADS AND FACES EVER SEEN 158, 159

IT WAS A SORT OF SKELETON 163

THE GRIFFIN AND THE PHOENIX 170

THEY SPRANG INTO THE HASH 173

DR PAMPLETON 177

NO ONE INDIVIDUAL GOT HIS OWN PROPER LIMBS FASTENED TO HIM 183

THERE WAS JOHN OPENING THE CARRIAGE DOOR FOR THEM TO GET OUT 187

Part I

A Trip to Fable Land

By the Queen Moon's mystic light, By the hush of holy night, By the woodland deep and green, By the starlight's silver sheen, By the zephyr's whispered spell, Brooding Powers Invisible, Faerie Court and Elfin Throng, Unto whom the groves belong, And by Laws of ancient date, Found in Scrolls of Faerie Fate, Stream and fount are dedicate... Continue reading book >>




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