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See also Fairies, elves, Gods, spirits and demons


Superstition, folklore, female

Description of this motif:

Fairies are, like elfs, classic and central element in folktales. The Frenchman Charles Perrault, coined the genre "fairy tales" with his Contes du fes from the last half of the 17th century. Perrault's tales lie behind the English word "fairytales".

Example :

"But I must tell you," he insisted. "The daughter of our Egyptian host has come here. She has ventured to take this long journey, and-she's lost!"

"She who comes of fairy stock? Speak up. You know that I must not be kept in suspense while I'm on my eggs."

Comment on this quote: The storks speak.
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