“They were now loath to let her go, for, “If the fairies see you,” they warned her, “they will mischief you—stab you to death, or compel you to nurse their children, or turn you into something tedious, like an evergreen oak.” As they said this they looked with affected pity at an evergreen oak, for in winter they are very envious of the evergreens.
“Oh, la!” replied the oak bitingly, “how deliciously cozy it is to stand here buttoned to the neck and watch you poor naked creatures shivering.”
This made them sulky, thought they had really brought it on themselves, and they drew for Maimie a very gloomy picture of the perils that faced her if she insisted on going to the ball.”
Illustration by Arthur Rackham for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
Written by J.M. Barrie, first published in 1906