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The Phoenix and the Carpet

The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbit
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The Phoenix and the Carpet is a fantasy novel for children, written in 1904 by E. Nesbit. It is the second in a trilogy of novels that began with Five Children and It (1902), and follows the adventures of the same five protagonists – Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and the Lamb. Their mother buys the children a new carpet to replace the one from the nursery that was destroyed in an unfortunate fire accident. Through a series of exciting events, the children find an egg in the carpet which cracks into a talking Phoenix. The Phoenix explains that the carpet is a magical one that will grant them three wishes per day.

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THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET

E. Nesbit

TO

My Dear Godson HUBERT GRIFFITH and his sister MARGARET

TO HUBERT

Dear Hubert, if I ever found A wishing carpet lying round, I'd stand upon it, and I'd say: 'Take me to Hubert, right away!' And then we'd travel very far To where the magic countries are That you and I will never see, And choose the loveliest gifts for you, from me.

But oh! alack! and well a day! No wishing carpets come my way. I never found a Phoenix yet, And Psammeads are so hard to get! So I give you nothing fine Only this book your book and mine, And hers, whose name by yours is set; Your book, my book, the book of Margaret!

E. NESBIT DYMCHURCH September, 1904

CONTENTS

1 The Egg 2 The Topless Tower 3 The Queen Cook 4 Two Bazaars 5 The Temple 6 Doing Good 7 Mews from Persia 8 The Cats, the Cow, and the Burglar 9 The Burglar's Bride 10 The Hole in the Carpet 11 The Beginning of the End 12 The End of the End

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