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FARMER'S wife who had no children went one day to a
fairy, who appeared as an old woman, and begged her to
give her a baby. "Even a very tiny one would make me
happy," she said. The fairy laughed, and gave her a
barley-corn, telling her to put it in a flower-pot, and
she would see what would happen. The woman obeyed, and
the very next day she saw that a beautiful tulip bud
was standing on its tall stalk in the pot. The woman,
delighted, kissed the golden leaves; the bud opened,
and inside it she found a lovely baby only half as long
as a thumb. She called her "Totty."
The woman made a walnut-shell her cradle; the bed was
of violets, the coverlet was a rose leaf. As Totty
grew bigger her mother seater her on a large tulip leaf
floating on water in a plate, and Totty rowed herself
from side to side with two oars made of white horse
hairs. One night a toad jumped through the bedroom
window and saw Totty sleeping. "She will make a lovely
wife for my son," she said; so she took up the cradle
and carried it to the pond, where she put it on a great
lily leaf. Totty cried bitterly when she woke and
found herself there, but the toad made her weave rushes
for the household linen when she should be married to
Tadpole, her son. The fishes in the pond were very
sorry for her, so they bit the stem of the leaf
through, and it floated down the stream.
Totty tied a white butterfly, that flew down to her, to
the leaf with her girdle, and felt very happy, as he
drew her leaf
 along far from the toad and her son. But one day a
cockchafer saw her and fell in love with her. He
seized her by the waist and flew with her into a tree,
but his friends said she was very ugly, and the
cockchafer believed them, and told Totty he did not now
care for her; but he flew down with her, and left her
on a daisy in the wood. Totty lived there all the
summer; but when the winter came she was cold an
hungry, and she begged the field-mouse to take her in.
The mouse was kind to her, but she wanted her to marry
the old mole, who often visited her, and Totty did not
like to live in the dark, underground home of the great
mole. She cried bitterly about it. But the mouse
insisted. "Obey me," she said, "or I will bite you.
The mole is rich; look at his fur, it is splendid!"
Now, during the winter, Totty had found a poor swallow
almost dead with cold, and she had taken him some
barley-corns, and covered him up warmly, and saved his
life; in the spring he had flown off. Summer came and
went, and at last the mouse would wait no longer for
the marriage; she fixed Totty's wedding-day with the
mole, and the poor girl went out of the door to look
for the last time at the setting sun, and stood there
By and by she heard "Tweet, tweet" quite near to her,
and saw her friend the swallow on a branch close by
her. He asked her why she wept, and she told him.
"Get on my back," he said, "and I will take you away
from the cruel mouse." Totty joyfully did as he told
her, and the swallow flew fast away over land and sea,
till he put her down on a large white flower like a
convolvulus, and she saw standing in it a little man
with a gold crown on his head. He was very little
bigger than Totty, and was the King of the Flower
Fairies. He asked Totty to marry him; she said "Yes"
and he made her his Queen.