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Mopsa the Fairy

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Author: Jean Ingelow
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,314 / 120 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.3
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 707
Added to site: 2010.06.18 28185
Genre: Young Readers

If 'Mopsa the Fiary' implants a taste for the "beautiful and true" in the hearts of its juvenile readers, so that to love what is good were the dominant desire inspired by its careful perusal, we should say that such nonsense was even better than sense -- for the children for whom it was written.

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m. Mind you don't lose any of them, for I really don't know what will happen if you do. Now I have one thing more to say to you, and that is, are you hungry?"

"Rather," said Jack.

"Then," replied the albatross, "as soon as you feel very hungry, lie down in the bottom of the boat and go to sleep. You will dream that you see before you a roasted fowl, some new potatoes, and an apple-pie. Mind you don't eat too much in your dream, or you will be sorry for it when you wake. That is all. Good-by! I must go."

Jack put his arms round the neck of the bird, and hugged her; then she spread her magnificent wings and sailed slowly away. At first he felt very lonely, but in a few minutes he forgot that, because the little boat began to swim so fast.

She was not sailing, for she had no sail, and he was not rowing, for he had no oars; so I am obliged to call her motion swimming, because I don't know of a better word. In less than a quarter of an hour they passed close under the bows of a



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