Mythology


: CHILDHOOD

81. The stars are angels' eyes.

Westminster, Mass.



82. The stars are holes made in the sky, so that the light of heaven

shines through. I remember, as a child, that this idea was suggested to

me on seeing the effect of holes in the lamp shade. I think, however,

that I rather liked to suppose it true and firmly believed in the

explanation.

Cambridge, Mass.



83. As a child, I constantly looked into lilies and tulips in the

expectation of finding fairies lying within them.

Mansfield, O.



84. I remember that as a child, while walking with a companion, she

cried: 'Why, a fairy lighted on my hand!' The child believed that this

had been the case.

Cambridge, Mass.



85. The children used to fearfully look in the well, and on seeing the

reflected face in the bottom, would cry out, Face in the well, pull me

down in the well, and would then run away quickly.

Bruynswick, N.Y.



86. At the age of six or seven years, a child, while going to a spring to

draw water, saw a little creature with wings fly from one star to

another, leaving behind an arc of light. She cried to her aunt: Oh,

aunt, I saw a little gold-boy! Her aunt, somewhat shocked, rebuked the

child, who insisted on the literal truth of her vision.

Mansfield, O.



87. Stick your thumb through a knothole and say:--



Old Gran'f'ther Graybeard, without tooths or tongue,

If you'll give me a little finger I'll give you a thumb.

Thumb'll go away and little finger'll come.



88. Go to the woodpile and say, Johnnie with your fingers, and Willie

with your toes, and something (suthin) will come out of the woodpile and

tear off all your clothes (close).

Gilsum, N.H.





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