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Introduction While the world lasts, the art of the story-teller will know no decay, nor will his listeners weary of the tale. And while, save for the half-dozen great novels to which Gibbon sfamous prediction concerning Tom Jones may be applied, the great harvest of fiction which each generation of caterers provides forM udie ssubscribers is but for a season, there is one class which is not for an age, but for all time, and for every zone. Beauty and theB east, Cinderella, Jack and theB eanstalk, Cap dR ushes, Tom Tit Tot, The Giant ivho had no Heart in his Body the very titles are appetising these, and a hundred other folk and fairy tales, told in the twilight on the laps of nurses, and by the knees of grandams, have been the delight of unnumbered generations of children, and will remain the delight of generations while tears and laughter abide. The interest which all things personal and human, especially when cast into naifative or drinlatic form, arouses in young and old, is pere nniaK But perhaps the secret of the endless charm of the nursery taje is to be found largely in the appeal which it makes fo the feeJ ipg, of wonder, a feeling which the rough-aruM umblG of life, pushing out thoughts that would assert themselves in the pauses of working-hours, may suppress, but which can never wholly die.
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