Little Raphael," as her sisters called her, had a decided talent for drawing, and was never so happy as when copying flowers, designing fairies, or illustrating stories
with queer specimens of art.
But it were folly to lay any stress on stories
of this kind, which are sure to spring up around such an event as that now related, and which, as in the present case, sometimes prolong themselves for ages afterwards, like the toadstools that indicate where the fallen and buried trunk of a tree has long since mouldered into the earth.
The immediate cause, however, of the prevalence of supernatural stories
in these parts, was doubtless owing to the vicinity of Sleepy Hollow.
The defect turned out to be the one already spoken of-- two stories
in one, a farce and a tragedy.
He is a very kindly, generous man, and anyone who has ever written stories
will know that it is much more difficult to make kindly, generous characters interesting than unkindly and mean ones.
The circumvallation formed a double enclosure, the inner side of which was, in fact, two feet or three feet distant from the other, and connected by a concentric range of long flat stones, thus forming a series of concentric rings or stories
of various heights, rising to the top of the tower.
Charley was too big a boy, of course, to care anything about little Alice's stories
, although Grandfather appeared to listen with a good deal of interest.
Because I hate ghost stories
," said Prince Hippolyte in a tone which showed that he only understood the meaning of his words after he had uttered them.
I had promised myself that in this quiet, now that I had given up reviewing, and wrote little or nothing in the magazine but my stories
, I should again read purely for the pleasure of it, as I had in the early days before the critical purpose had qualified it with a bitter alloy.
I know lots of other stories
, and I hope to tell them, some time or another; but just now my loving tyrants won't allow me.
in it are not half as interesting as those in the Canadian Woman, although it costs so much more.
In the preface to "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz" I said I would like to write some stories
that were not "Oz" stories
, because I thought I had written about Oz long enough; but since that volume was published I have been fairly deluged with letters from children imploring me to "write more about Dorothy," and "more about Oz," and since I write only to please the children I shall try to respect their wishes.