Which Treats of a Mirror and of the Splinters

Nowthen,letusbegin. Whenweareattheendofthestory, weshallknowmorethanweknownow:buttobegin.  

Onceuponatimetherewasawickedsprite, indeedhewasthemostmischievousofallsprites. Onedayhewasinaverygoodhumor, forhehadmadeamirrorwiththepowerofcausingall thatwasgoodandbeautifulwhenitwasreflectedtherein, tolookpoorandmean; butthatwhichwasgood-for-nothingandlookeduglywasshownmagnifiedandincreasedinugliness. Inthismirrorthemostbeautifullandscapeslookedlikeboiledspinach, andthebestpersonswereturnedintofrights, orappearedtostandontheirheads, theirfacesweresodistortedthattheywerenottoberecognised; andifanyonehadamole, youmightbesure thatitwouldbemagnifiedandspreadoverbothnoseandmouth.  

"That’sgloriousfun!"saidthesprite. Ifagoodthoughtpassedthroughaman’smind, thenagrinwasseeninthemirror, andthespritelaughedheartilyathiscleverdiscovery. Allthelittlespriteswhowenttohisschool forhekeptaspriteschool toldeachotherthatamiraclehadhappened;  

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

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