Fairy Ointment

fairy ointmentIn this , a strange looking little old man asks a nurse to come to his house to help his sick wife look after their baby boy. The man’s wife gives the nurse some ointment to put on the baby’s eyes. Being curious, the nurse puts some of the ointment on one of her own eyes. The family seemed normal enough up to this point. However, the ointment helps the nurse to learn their secret.

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General Comments on the Story

english fairy storiesOur source was a children’s book called English Fairy Stories by Australian collector Joseph Jacobs, first published in 1890. The book can be downloaded in various forms from Project Gutenberg here. An is available from Librivox here.

As is often the case, there are several folktales from other countries with similar stories to Fairy Ointment. For interest, we have included an Irish version by the name of “The Fairy Nurse”. This is longer and involves the rescue of a neighbor who had been kept prisoner by the pixies. It was recorded in The Lilac Fairy Book, one of a series of twelve collections of folk and fairy tales for children edited by Scottish writer Andrew Lang. This is the last book in the series, and was first published in 1910. The book can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg here. An audiobook is available from Librivox here.

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(n: fairytale pl fairytales) A children's story that has people or creatures in it with magical powers. (เทพนิยายน) 14000
(n: fairy pl fairies) An imaginary creature having magical powers. (นางฟ้า) 4000
(n: tale pl tales) A story about real or imaginary events; an exciting or dramatic story that may not be completely true. (นิทาน)

cling(v: cling, clings, clung, clinging) 1. To hold onto something or someone very tightly. The children clung to their father as he said goodbye. 2. To stick to something or someone. The shirt clung to his wet shoulders. 3. (often disapproving) To stay very close to someone for emotional support, protection, etc. A clinging child. (ติดกัน)
(adj: clingy, clingier, clingiest) Used to ​describe something or someone that clings. A clingy dress/child. 4000

eyelid(n: eyelid pl eyelids) Either one of the two movable pieces of skin that cover your eye when it is closed. (เปลือกตา) 7000

healthy(adj: healthy, healthier, healthiest) Well; not sick or injured; having good health. (กระปรี้กระเปร่า) 1000

naughty(adj: naughty, naughtier, naughtiest) Behaving badly; used especially to describe a child who does not behave properly or obey a parent, teacher, etc. (ซุกซน) 2000

neat(adj: neat, neater, neatest) Tidy, with everything in the right place; well-ordered; not messy. (สะอาดสะอ้าน) 3000

nightdress(n: nightdress pl nightdresses) A loose dress that is worn in bed, especially by women and girls; also called a nightgown. (ชุดนอน) 8000

of course(adv: of course) 1. Used to say yes to a question or that something is true in a way that shows you are very certain about it. "May I borrow this book?" "Of course!" 2. Used to show that what is being said is very obvious or already generally known. She was late and rude, so of course she didn't get the job. (อย่างเห็นชัด)

ointment(n: ointment pl ointments) A smooth, creamy substance that is rubbed on the skin to help heal a wound or to reduce pain or discomfort. (หม่อง) 6000

pixie(n: pixie or pixy pl pixies) An imaginary creature that looks like a small person, has magical powers, and likes to play tricks on people. (ภูตฝรั่ง; ตัวเล็กกว่ามนุษย์) 10000

stall(n: stall pl stalls) A small open counter or partially enclosed structure where things are displayed for sale. (แผงขายของ) 2000

(phrasal verb: stick your nose into) [idiom] To get involved in or want information about something that does not concern you.

ugly(adj: ugly, uglier, ugliest) Unpleasant to look at; not pretty or attractive. (น่าเกลียด) 4000

(v: wonder, wonders, wondered, wondering) To have interest in knowing or learning something. (รู้สึกกังขา)
(n: wonder, noncount) A feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. (ความพิศวง)
(adj: wonderful) 1. So surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. as to create a feeling of wonder. (อัศจรรย์) 2. Beautiful, excellent, etc. (งดงาม) 1000

wondering wonderful

(n: folktale pl folktales) A story that is part of the traditions of a group of people and was handed down in spoken form before books and printing. (นิทานชาวบ้าน) 9000
(adj: folk) Of or relating to the traditions of the common people of a country or region. (เกี่ยวกับขนบประเพณีของชาวบ้าน) 2000
(n: tale pl tales) A story about real or imaginary events; an exciting or dramatic story that may not be completely true. (นิทาน) 3000

e-book(n: e-book pl e-books) A book whose contents are in an electronic format so that it can be downloaded and read.

audiobook(n: audiobook pl audiobooks) A book that is read out loud and recorded on a CD or as a computer file so that it can be listened to. (หนังสือเสียง)

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