The fairy in the cuckoo clock written by Elizabeth Langford October 2023

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once upon a time there was a little tale with a little girl named Griselda as a rule and certainly with most fairies mortals are considered to be stupid in the fairyland the reputation of humans beings as dull witted and slow is a fixed tradition one day Griselda found a little cuckoo clock in her bedroom before doing a new thing men and women have to think it out they talk a good deal about cause and effect whereas with fairies there are no causes but things and events just happen when Griselda was holding the cuckoo clock in her hand if they do not the story was true there was a little fairy in side the cuckoo clock she was called Giselle the fairies make them some situations like the sun and moon the earth and sky the summer and winter cannot be changed Giselle saw Griselda with her beautiful blue eyes the fairy tale was very long yet fairies can bring to pass lots of wonders and surprise men one day the clock was a very beautiful small clock it was very magical they can play tricks that puzzle them beyond measure a hundred years ago before the days of tourists alpenstocks hotels electric railroads and other foolish novelties the guides and all village folk believed in fairies one day a little cuckoo appeared in front of them they felt as sure of giants dwarfs elves and dragons the magic was very strong as folk of today that never saw a dodo or pterodactyl or an auric or a five toed horse believe these once plentiful on earth in fact there was once a time this is my twelfth story on the list when men had no clocks or wrist watches and girls did not carry the pretty gold or nickel time keepers of today at their waist no did the big bells boom out the hours in the towers nor were the huge clock faces or dials seen by day or by night in the castles of Switzerland where rich men or nobles lived the fairy queen was there she saw the light in the sky they knew nothing about marking the hours and minutes by anything with a round face having figures on it the light was very pretty one way to announce the hours was to have a candle with two little brass balls on opposite sides of the wax and tied together with a string it was the middle of the story when the flame burned say an inch or other measured space the ball dropped down into a brass basin the story was very good there was some fairy dust on the ground Griselda saw Giselle in her room this made a loud ringing noise the fairy dust was very useful which sounded out the hours or a little hammer struck a bell and that is the reason why a clock as its name was at first was called a kook or bell

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