Image from page 142 of "The sea fairies" (1911)
Title: The sea fairies
Publisher: Chicago : Reilly & Britton
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
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of adventures, cause the storyalways turns out the right way. Capn Bill growled something just then, but the onlywords Trot could make out were, never lived to tell thetale. Oh, pshaw, Capn, she said; we maybe in danger, rightenough, an to be honest I dont like the looks of these seadevils at all. But, 1 m sure its no killing matter, for we vegot the fairy circles all around us. Ha, ha! laughed the monster beside her. We knowall about the fairy circles, dont we, Migg4? Ho, ho! laughed the monster on the other side; we do,Slibb, my boy; and we dont think much of fairy circles,either! They have foiled our enemies many a time, declaredthe Princess, with much dignity. 124 Chapter Eleven Ha, ha! laughed one; thats why we re here now.Ho, ho! laughed the other; we ve learned a trick ortwo, and we ve got you fast this time. Then all the sea devils—those above and the one behind,and the two on the sides—laughed all together, and theirlaughter was so horrible that it made even Trot shudder.
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But, now the queen stopped short, and the others stoppedwith her. I will go no farther, she said, firmly, not caring if thecreatures overheard her. It is evident that these monstersare trying to drive us into some secret place, and it is well- 125 The Sea Fairies known that they are in league with Zog the Terrible, whomthey serve because they are as wicked as he is. We must besomewhere near the hidden castle of Zog, so I prefer to stayhere rather than be driven into some place far more danger-ous. As for the sea devils, they are powerless to injure usin any way. Not one of the thousand arms about us canpossibly touch our bodies. The only reply to this defiant speech was another burstof horrible laughter; and now there suddenly appeared beforethem still another of the monsters, which thus completelyhemmed them in. Then the creatures began interlacing theirlong arms—or feelers—until they formed a perfect cagearound the prisoners, not an opening being left that was largeenough for on
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