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AN EXTRACT FRoM THE 't GREEN FAIRY BooK."
Not many years ago, the twenty-third of September, a little Prep.
skipped blithely along a path in the grove, fingering her Newly Ac-
quired Abbot Pin. The Prep's to Cshe spelled it that wayj long
braids Wobbled gaily as she penetrated the oaks farther and
farther. At each step the shadow of the trees grew deeper and
darker. But all of a sudden she descried, sticking up out of the
ground not many millimeters away, a yellowish green post ! It bore
a striking resemblance to one in No. 7, which she had lately learned
from her elders it was considered cunning to ornament with pencil.
But imagine her decomposition when she beheld, sitting before it on
a pedestal like Lorenzo di Medici's, a beast, fthe Prep. imagined
her situation might be 'entitled U Beauty and the Beast." How
strange lj But to go on, please. The Beast was busy with a piece
of India rubber erasing Cupids and Gibson men and 7,904,123
nameless scrawls. His painful task was so engrossing that the
Prep. had time to observe him before he detected her presence.
His body was mottled brownish, like the covers of note books. This
was mostly concealed, however, by countless leaves of books which
had been stuck on to him by Le Page's Liquid Glue. His left side
was adorned principally with familiar quotations from Algebras and
Geometries. He had a predilection for lengthy examples in affected
quadratics, and one aspiring variable quantity stretched out into
his gesticulating tail. Hisright ear flap bore the legend "Amo,
amas, amat," though the object of this sentiment was not, as we
shall see, the Prep. A pony was attempting to trot briskly up one