Which Treats of a Mirror and of the Splinters

Nowthen,letusbegin.Whenweareattheendofthestory,weshallknowmorethanweknownow:buttobegin.

Onceuponatimetherewasawickedsprite,indeedhewasthemostmischievousofallsprites.Onedayhewasinaverygoodhumor,forhehadmadeamirrorwiththepowerofcausingallthatwasgoodandbeautifulwhenitwasreflectedtherein,tolookpoorandmean;butthatwhichwasgood-for-nothingandlookeduglywasshownmagnifiedandincreasedinugliness.Inthismirrorthemostbeautifullandscapeslookedlikeboiledspinach,andthebestpersonswereturnedintofrights,orappearedtostandontheirheads,theirfacesweresodistortedthattheywerenottoberecognised;andifanyonehadamole,youmightbesurethatitwouldbemagnifiedandspreadoverbothnoseandmouth.

"That’sgloriousfun!"saidthesprite.Ifagoodthoughtpassedthroughaman’smind,thenagrinwasseeninthemirror,andthespritelaughedheartilyathiscleverdiscovery.Allthelittlespriteswhowenttohisschoolforhekeptaspriteschooltoldeachotherthatamiraclehadhappened;

Аndthatnowonly,astheythought,itwouldbepossibletoseehowtheworldreallylooked.Theyranaboutwiththemirror;andatlasttherewasnotalandorapersonwhowasnotrepresenteddistortedinthemirror.Sothentheythoughttheywouldflyuptothesky,andhaveajokethere.Thehighertheyflewwiththemirror,themoreterriblyitgrinned:theycouldhardlyholditfast.Higherandhigherstilltheyflew,nearerandnearertothestars,whensuddenlythemirrorshooksoterriblywithgrinning,thatitflewoutoftheirhandsandfelltotheearth,whereitwasdashedinahundredmillionandmorepieces.

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