I T is easy to imagine the astonishment of the three girls at hearing this strange request. They gazed in a bewildered fashion upon the kneeling fairy, and were at first unable to answer one word. Then Seseley said -- sadly, for she grieved to disappoint the pretty creature: "We are but mortal children, and have no powers of enchantment at all."
"Ah, that is true, so far as concerns yourselves," replied the fairy, eagerly; "yet mortals may easily transform fairies into anything they wish."
"If that is so, why have we never heard of this power before?" asked Seseley.
"Because fairies, as a rule, are content with
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Publication information: Book title: The Enchanted Island of Yew. Contributors: L. Frank Baum - Author. Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company. Place of publication: Indianapolis. Publication year: 1903. Page number: 15.