In presenting this story for the young the writer has endeavored to give a vivid and accurate life of Jeanne D’Arc (Joan of Arc) as simply told as possible. There has been no pretence toward keeping to the speech of the Fifteenth Century, which is too archaic to be rendered literally for young readers, although for the most part the words of the Maid have been given verbatim.
"They come no more," replied the little maid gravely. "Godmother Beatrix and the Curé both say that they do not. They came in the olden time, but for their sins they come no longer."
"Perchance they hold their meetings further back in the wood," suggested another girl. "That may be the reason that they are not seen."
"I shall see," cried one of the boys rising, and starting toward the forest that extended its dark reaches behind them. "If there be fairies there, I, Colin, shall find them."
"Do not go, Colin," exclaimed Jeanne in alarm. "You know that there is danger both from wolves and wild boars."
Few dared enter the wood, so thick it was, and the wolves it harbored were the terror of the countryside. So greatly were they feared, and such was the desire to be rid of the menace, that there was a reward given by the mayors of the villages for every head of a wolf, or a wolf cub, brought to them. So now a protesting chorus arose from the children as Colin, with a scornful
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