The one sure road to trouble, she’d say, is to get mixed up in the middle of a fairy quarrel.
Charles de Lint, Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale
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- “The words of child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim (The Uses of Enchantment) are applicable here: ‘Each Fairy tale is a magic mirror which reflects some aspects of our inner world, and one of the steps required by our evolution from immaturity to maturity. For those who immerse themselves in what the fairy tale has to communicate, it becomes a deep, quiet pool which at first seems to reflect only our own image; but behind it we soon discover the inner turmoils of our soul — its depth, and ways to gain peace within ourselves and with the world, which is the reward of our struggles.'”
- “A fairy!” hooted the centaur, throwing back his head and laughing wildly. “Why in the name of Pan would anyone ever waste their time on those silly little pests!
- “It’s just… you hear the stories, but you never expect to rub up against one your ownself.” “It’s even less fun being stuck in the middle of one.”
- “They had curious effects on the neighbourhood. Part of the main road from Inverness to Fort Augustus ran through my estate. Soon superstitions about the road made the natives avoid it. People refused to use it after nightfall. Even the tough, hard-drinking workmen from Glasgow who were employed at Foyers would go a long way round to avoid that uncanny road.”
- Staying with the Trouble