„I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense…“

Journal entry (1896-11-17), from the National Trust collection.
Zdroj: The Complete Tales

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