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ProjectGutenberg'sViolet:AFairyStory,byCarolineSnowdenGuild ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:Violet:AFairyStory Author:CarolineSnowdenGuild ReleaseDate:April5,2011[EBook#35773] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKVIOLET:AFAIRYSTORY*** ProducedbyHeatherClark,MaryMeehanandtheOnline DistributedProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net(This bookwasproducedfromscannedimagesofpublicdomain materialfromtheGooglePrintproject.) VIOLET: AFAIRYSTORY BOSTON: PHILLIPS,SAMPSON,ANDCOMPANY 1856 Entered,accordingtoActofCongress,intheYear1855,by PHILLIPS,SAMPSON,ANDCOMPANY, IntheClerk'sOfficeoftheDistrictCourtoftheDistrictof Massachusetts STEREOTYPEDATTHE BOSTONSTEREOTYPEFOUNDRY CONTENTS PUBLISHERS'ADVERTISEMENT CHAPTERI VIOLET'SHOME CHAPTERII STRANGEPLAYFELLOWS CHAPTERIII THEMOUNTAINBROOK CHAPTERIV TOADY CHAPTERV LOVE'SCHARM CHAPTERVI HOWFAIRIESLOOK CHAPTERVII THEBIRTHDAYPRESENT CHAPTERVIII VIOLET'STROUBLES CHAPTERIX FAIRIESAGAIN CHAPTERX THESTRANGERS CHAPTERXI THEDOCTORDOCTORED CHAPTERXII WHOAREHAPPIEST CHAPTERXIII VIOLETBERRYING CHAPTERXIV THEBIRDS'HARVESTTIME CHAPTERXV WHERETHESQUIRRELLEDVIOLET CHAPTERXVI ALONEINTHEWOOD CHAPTERXVII THEKITTEN'SBATH CHAPTERXVIII THEPRICEOFTOADY'SLEG CHAPTERXIX GOINGTOSCHOOL CHAPTERXX OLDREUBENDEAD CHAPTERXXI ANEWHOMEANDOLDFRIENDS CHAPTERXXII THENEWOLDHOME CHAPTERXXIII ALFRED CHAPTERXXIV NARCISSA CHAPTERXXV NEWPLANS CHAPTERXXVI SPRINGATTHECOTTAGE CHAPTERXXVII VIOLET'SSCHOLARS VIOLET'SSTORY CHAPTERI CHAPTERII JUVENILEWORKS PUBLISHERS'ADVERTISEMENT Intheabsenceofanyprefacebytheauthor,thepublishersdesiretocallspecial attentiontothismostexquisitelittlestory ItbreathessuchaloveofNatureinall her forms, inculcates such excellent principles, and is so full of beauty and simplicity,thatitwilldelightnotonlychildren,butallreadersofunsophisticated tastes TheauthorseemstoteachthegentlecreedwhichColeridgehasimbodied inthosefamiliarlines,— "Heprayethwellwholovethwell Bothman,andbird,andbeast." VIOLET:AFAIRYSTORY CHAPTERI VIOLET'SHOME Once there was a gardener who lived in an old hut of a house, with one table inside,andsomeroughstools,andalargeboxthatservedforabed,allofwhich hehadmadehimself Therewasonewindow;butwhenitstormedtherainbeatinsothattheoldlady, hiswife,hadtopinhershawlagainstit,andthenthewholehousewasdarkas night Every body thought these people poor except themselves; but they had one treasurewhichseemedtothembetterthanawholemountainofgoldandallthe splendid houses and gay carriages in the world This was their little daughter Violet, whose presence in their home made it beautiful and stately, and whose absence,theythought,wouldhavemadeapalacedull Violetwasnotasbeautifulassomechildren Shewaspaleandslender,andher soft, light hair did not curl in ringlets, but floated over her shoulders like a goldenveil ButO,shehadsuchbeautifuleyes!Theywerelarge,andsobright and clear, and such a deep, deep blue! Sometimes they made you think of a brook in the shady wood when gleams of sunshine have found their way to it; sometimes they were like nothing so much as the violets that grew beside the doorwayofherownfather'shut The old man had, besides his daughter, a garden, which was dear to him; and wellitmightbe,forinsummeritdidone'seyesgoodtolookattheblossomsall tangledtogether,andsprinkledoverwithgreatdropsofpearlydew Rosesthere were,andlilies,andfox-gloves,andmignonette,andagreatmanyotherflowers that had long names, which Violet could not remember Then there were long, neatly-keptbedsofvegetablesandsweetherbs,whichReuben—forthatwasthe gardener'sname—carriedtomarket Now,whileReubenwasdigginghisvegetables,hiswifeandVioletwouldgather theprettiestflowersandbuds,andtiethemintobouquetswithsomuchtastethat soon the old gardener became famous for his flowers, and many rich people soughthimout,promisingtobuyallhewouldbringtotheirhouses Flowersonlygrowinsummertime;andalltheyearroundpeoplemusteat,and drink, and wear clothes; and then Reuben had to pay rent for his garden; so, notwithstandingtheirindustry,Violet'sfriendswerepoor Buttheywerehappierthanagreatmanyrichpeople,andcertainlylovedViolet aswellasthoughshehadbeenaqueen Theyweresokindtoherthatsometimes thelittlegirlthought,ifthereweresuchbeingsasfairies,theymustlookintoher hearteveryday,findoutherwishes,andtellthemtohergoodparents Between you and me, there were two fairies—one named Love and the other Contentment—that lived all the time in Reuben's hut; and though Violet had never seen their faces, and did not even know their names, they were always doingsomethingforher Itwasbecausetheseexcellentfriendshadtouchedher coarse garments that they looked fine and soft as velvet to her eyes; it was because they never left the old black hut that it looked so clean and sunny— cheerfulasapalace Youmaywonder,ifthesefairiesweresopowerful,whytheydidn'thaveapalace of their own; but you must remember directly they enter a place it becomes a palace;andbesides,Violetpossessedacharmsopowerfulthateventhefairies couldnotflyawayunlessshegavethemleave;andyet—wasn'titqueer?—she didnotknowthisherself CHAPTERII "Notmanydaysaftertheseevents,Mabelwentagaintothefieldwherethelilies and strawberries grew, played about in the sun until she was tired, and then seatedherselfunderashadytreetorest,andhearthebirdsandrustlingleaves, andwatchthebrookglidethroughthegrass "Thegrassaboutherwaslong,andfine,andsoftasanybed;itwascooltoo,and Mabel, listening to the quiet murmur of the brook, fell fast asleep; but all the while she thought herself wide awake, and wondered why the sound of the ripplingofwaterchangedtosomethinglikethetreadoftinyfeet;andthenthere camethesweetest,mostdelicatemusic;andallatonce—coulditbe?—shesawa multitudeoflittlebeingsmarchingthroughtheverypathwayherfootstepshad made in the grass, and approaching her They were hardly taller than a grasshopper would be if he could stand up like a man, and had formed themselvesintothedrollestlittleprocession "Firstcame themusicians;therewerefluteplayers,usingeachajointofgrass stem for instrument, bell ringers, jingling lilies of the valley, and trumpeters tootingthroughwhitelilacblossoms Thencametheguards,dressedinuniform, and bearing each a fern leaf for banner at once and parasol With these leaves they shaded a group of little women, who marched along as dignified as nuns untiltheycametoabunchoffennelleavesthatgrewnearMabel'sresting-place Towards this they flew, for the tiny people had wings; they climbed the stems and clung to the feathery leaves, and then all at once, espying Mabel, trooped towardsher,andrangedthemselvesuponaplatformofplantainleaves "Theywerefunnylittlewomen—tall,andprim,andslim,wearinggreenmantles andsuchbigpurplehoods Theyweremorepolitethansomelargerpeople,and did nothing but bow, and courtesy, and smile to Mabel, who asked them who theywereandwhencetheycame "They shook their heads, and laughed, while the air was filled with sweetest odor Atlastonesaid,— "'Weareflowerspirits Everyyearwecometoearthandliveinsomeblossom, which we fill with beauty and fragrance; but when it withers we go back to Fairylanduntilanotherspring Wehave,besidesourfairyqueen,aqueenwhom we choose every year among mortals, and serve her faithfully We have just returnedfromworkinginherservice.' "'Are you not hungry?' asked Mabel 'I have brought luncheon Won't you eat someofmygingerbread?' "Thefairieslaughedagain 'Welive,'theysaid,'uponflowerdustanddewdrops; weshouldnotrelishmortalfood.' "Then they called from the attendants who lingered among the fennel leaves their steward and butler; and it was Mabel's turn to laugh when she saw how queerlytheyate "Someblossomsfromtheelderbush,littleivoryurns,servedthemforgoblets These were set upon a mushroom, and some red clover blossoms were rolled around the table for seats The little men had tried in vain to break these blossomsoff;sotheycaughtacaterpillar,whippedhimalongwithgrassblades, andmadehimusehisteethforaknife Thentheyhadcaughtatoad,andheaped his round back with the blossoms, which rolled off as fast as they could be pickedupagain;andbythetimetheyreachedtheirmistresses,thefairyservants werewarmandredinthefaceasanyhaymakers "The fairies grew so hungry with waiting that they even tasted a crumb of Mabel'sgingerbread;butnotlikingthisverywell,theytookoutfromamongthe provisions that were packed in a wild rose, the petals nicely fastened together withcobwebthreads,somepoppyandcarawayseeds,uponwhichtheybeganto gnawwiththeirlittlewhiteteeth "'You must have lived in violets,' said Mabel 'Every time you shake your bonnetsandlaugh,theairisfulloftheirodor Can'tyousmellit?' "'Yes,forwewerevioletsonceourselves,andallblossomedinthesamegarden; someofusgrewfromthesameroot,andaqueerlifewehaveledinthelastfew days One hot day this very week the gardener's wife picked us in the greatest haste,andtiedustogethersotightlywewereallbutsmotheredforawhile The woman gave us to a little girl, who was just putting our stems in some cool water, and we half dead with thirst, when she must needs give us away to a beggarwoman.' "'Why,'exclaimedMabel,'wereyoumyviolets?' "Thefairiesonlylaughed "'Thewomanheldusinherhothandsuntilwewereallbutwilted,andshegave one or two of my sisters to the poor tired child that followed her through the dust.' "'Whatisthematter?'askedMabel;'youreyesarefulloftears.' "'Iamthinkingofmysisters,whomweshallnevermeetagain;'andthetearsran downthefairy'slittlecheeks 'Thechildwasovertired,andsowarmthatwhen theycametoaresting-place,andshelaydowntosleep,sheneverawokeagain Aladywhohadtakenpityuponherlaidthelittlebodyoutforburial,andfinding thosefewvioletsstillclinchedinthedeadhand,wouldnotremovethem;somy sisterswereburiedinhergrave,andmustremaintherenooneknowshowlong; forwhileweliveonearthwemusttakecareofthesebodies,frailflowersthough theybe Ifweomitthis,allourhappinessandusefulnessaregone Thekindlady whoburiedthebeggarchildboughtusfromthewoman,allwiltedaswewere In her shady parlor we soon grew refreshed, lifted our heads again, and in gratitudebreathedforthodors,tilltheroomwasallperfumed Alovelygirlcame tovisitthelady,andsaidsomuchaboutoursweetness,that,toourjoy,wewere dividedwithher Shetookustoherhome,asplendidplace,alllight,andgilding, andflowers,curtains,andcushions,andvelvetcarpets,andmarblestands Upon oneoftheselastwewereplaced,inawhitePariancup,buthardlyhadtimeto regain our breath when one of the maiden's lovers came, selected me from amongtherest,andtwirledmearoundhisfingerashetalked,untilmystemwas broken,andIallbutdead Inaluckyhourheletmefall,and,lameasIwas,I caughtbythelegofagreatfly,whowhizzedmeoutofthewindowinasecond, buzzingsoallthewhilethathealmoststunnedme Ihavejustfoundmyfriends here,andhavenothadtimetoaskabouttheiradventures.' "Thelittlewoman,tiredwithtalkingsolong,sankintoherseatontheplantain leaf, and taking a caraway seed from her pocket, began nibbling, while her companionsfinishedthestory "'Wehavehadlesstrouble,'theysaid 'Thebenevolentladytookustoadismal prison, to be sure, and we were shut up for a while with a man who had murderedanother,andwaswaitingtobehung Hehadforgottenhisownmother and his early home; but when he looked at us, the past came back to him He rememberedthelittlegardenbyhisfather'shouse,andfeltforamomentlikean innocentboyagain Fromthathourhegrewpenitent,andhemaybeforgivenin consequencebyGod.' "'Butdidn'tthejailerforgivehim?'askedMabel "'No; he was We belonged to no one then, so we caught our withering bodiesunderourarms,andflewawaythroughtheirongratingsofhiscell But, Mabel,whatareyouthinkingabout?'endedthefairy "'Thinking,'saidMabel,'howmuchbetteritwastogiveawaymyvioletsthanto keepthem Ilittledreamedtheywoulddosomuchgoodintheworld But,fairy, whatisthenameoftheearthlyqueenyoutoldmeabout?' "'Mabel,' answered all the little voices; and the fern leaf banners waved, and violet odors filled the air again, while the tiny flutes and trumpets made sweet musicatthementionoftheirqueen "'Why,thatismyname,'saidthelittlegirl "'Andyouareourqueen,'saidthefairies 'Itisakindandlovingheartthatgives onepowerlikeafairywand,andcanwinallgoodspiritstoserveitsowner This will change selfishness into benevolence, and sin to penitence, and hatred to forgiveness; it will transform—haven't you done it?—a prison into a dewy garden,andputloveandpenitenceintoamurderer'sheart Whoeverusesusto bestpurposesisourqueen;andthissummerourqueenisMabel.' "Mabel reached forward to take her little subjects from the leaf; but lo, it was onlyahandfulofviolets Inhersurprise,sheawoke,withadimfeelingstillthat shehadwatchedthelittleprocessionwind awaythroughherfoottracksin the grass,thefernleafbannerswavingoverit,whilemingledwithvioletodorscame backtriumphantmusicfromthetinyflutesandtimbrels Lowbutclearwerethe fairyvoices;andMabelneverforgotthewordstheysang,whichended,— 'Allofus,whoe'erwebe, Maycarveusoutsuchroyalty.'" JUVENILEWORKS CHRISTMASHOLIDAYSATCHESTNUTHILL BYCOUSINMARY ContainingfineengravingsfromoriginalDesigns,andprintedveryneatly Itwillbefoundtobeacharminglittlebookforapresentforallseasons LITTLEBLOSSOM'SREWARD; ACHRISTMASBOOKFORCHILDREN BYMRS EMILYHARE BeautifullyIllustratedfromoriginalDesigns,andacharmingPresentationBook forYoungPeople ESTELLE'SSTORIESABOUTDOGS; ContainingsixbeautifulIllustrations;beingoriginalPortraitsfromLife BYH TRUSTA LITTLEMARY;OR,TALKSANDTALES Thislittlebookischarminglyillustrated,andisaverybeautifulbook Itismade upofshortlessons,andwasoriginallywrittenforthepracticaluseofchildren fromfivetotenyearsofage PEEPAT"NUMBERFIVE;" Or,ACHAPTERINTHELIFEOFACITYPASTOR THETELLTALE; Or,HOMESECRETSTOLDBYOLDTRAVELLERS THE"LASTLEAFFROMSUNNYSIDE;" BYPAULCREYTON FATHERBRIGHTHOPES; Or,ANOLDCLERGYMAN'SVACATION HEARTSANDFACES; Or,HOMELIFEUNVEILED ByFrancisC Woodworth EDITOR OF "WOODWORTH'S YOUTH'S CABINET," AUTHOR OF "THE WILLOW LANE BUDGET," "THE STRAWBERRY GIRL," "THE MILLER OFOURVILLAGE,""THEODORETHINKER'STALES,"ETC.,ETC UNCLEFRANK'SBOYS'ANDGIRLS'LIBRARY ABeautifulSeries,comprisingsixvolumes,witheightTintedEngravingsineach volume Thefollowingaretheirtitlesrespectively:— I THEPEDDLER'SBOY;OR,I'LLBESOMEBODY II THEDIVINGBELL;OR,PEARLSTOBESOUGHTFOR III THEPOORORGANGRINDER,ANDOTHERSTORIES IV OURSUE:HERMOTTOANDITSUSES V MIKEMARBLE:HISCROTCHETSANDODDITIES VI THEWONDERFULLETTERBAGOFKITCURIOUS "Woodworth is unquestionably and immeasurably the best writer for children that we know of; for he combines a sturdy common sense and varied information with a most childlike and loveful spirit, that finds its way at once to the child's heart We regard him as one of the truest benefactorsofhisrace;forheisaswiseasheisgentle,andneveruseshis poweroverthechild-hearttoinstilintoitthepoisonoffalseteaching,orto crampitwithunlovelybigotry Thepublishershavedonetheirpart,aswell astheauthor,tomakethesevolumesattractive Altogetherweregardthem as one of the pleasantest series of juvenile books extant, both in their literary character and mechanical execution."—Syracuse (N Y.) 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