And there was an end of Rosalba! When the Princess Angelica was born, her parents not only did not ask the Fairy Blackstick to the christening party, but gave orders to their porter absolutely to refuse her if she called.

As for Blackstick, she, according to her custom, had flown out of the coach window in some inscrutable manner, and was now standing at the palace door. Giglio came up the steps with his horrible bride on his arm, looking as pale as if he was going to execution. He only frowned at the Fairy Blackstick he was angry with her, and thought she came to insult his misery.

"Master's not at home," says Jenkins, just in his old voice; and Mrs. Jenkins, giving a dreadful YOUP, fell down in a fit, in which nobody minded her. For everybody was shouting, "Huzzay! huzzay!" "Hip, hip, hurray!" "Long live the King and Queen!" "Were such things ever seen?" "No, never, never, never!" "The Fairy Blackstick for ever!"

As for Blackstick, she, according to her custom, had flown out of the coach window in some inscrutable manner, and was now standing at the palace door. Giglio came up the steps with his horrible bride on his arm, looking as pale as if he was going to execution. He only frowned at the Fairy Blackstick he was angry with her, and thought she came to insult his misery.

Between the kingdoms of Paflagonia and Crim Tartary, there lived a mysterious personage, who was known in those countries as the Fairy Blackstick, from the ebony wand or crutch which she carried; on which she rode to the moon sometimes, or upon other excursions of business or pleasure, and with which she performed her wonders.

'I have a competency, my love, she says, 'and with thee and a cottage thy Barbara will be happy. Giglio was half mad with rage by this time. 'I will not marry her, says he. 'Oh, Fairy, Fairy, give me counsel? And as he spoke he looked wildly round at the severe face of the Fairy Blackstick. "'Why is Fairy Blackstick always advising me, and warning me to keep my word?

No! never! And she looked fondly towards Giglio, whom she thought a pattern of perfection. 'Why is Fairy Blackstick always advising me, and telling me how to manage my government, and warning me to keep my word? Does she suppose that I am not a man of sense, and a man of honour? asks Giglio testily. 'Methinks she rather presumes upon her position. 'Hush! dear Giglio, says Rosalba.

And then the queen had a fancy to have the colour of the door altered, and the painters dabbed him over the mouth and eyes, and nearly choked him, as they painted him pea-green. I warrant he had leisure to repent of having been rude to the Fairy Blackstick." As the years went on, Thackeray became ever more and more famous, his company more and more sought after.

She had scores of royal godchildren; turned numberless wicked people into beasts, birds, millstones, clocks, pumps, boot jacks, umbrellas, or other absurd shapes; and, in a word, was one of the most active and officious of the whole College of fairies. But after two or three thousand years of this sport, I suppose Blackstick grew tired of it.

They used actually to patronise me when I went to pay them a visit ME, the Fairy Blackstick, who knows all the wisdom of the necromancers, and could have turned them into baboons, and all their diamonds into strings of onions, by a single wave of my rod!"