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Jessie M. King The Dwarf’s Dream from The Birthday of the Infanta by Oscar Wilde:
He started, and taking from his breast the beautiful white rose, he turned round, and kissed it. The monster had a rose of its own, petal for petal the same! It kissed it with like kisses, and pressed it to its heart with horrible gestures.When the truth dawned upon him, he gave a wild cry of despair, and fell sobbing to the ground. So it was he who was misshapen and hunchbacked, foul to look at and grotesque. He himself was the monster, and it was at him that all the children had been laughing, and the little Princess who he had thought loved him—she too had been merely mocking at his ugliness, and making merry over his twisted limbs. Why had they not left him in the forest, where there was no mirror to tell him how loathsome he was? Why had his father not killed him, rather than sell him to his shame? The hot tears poured down his cheeks, and he tore the white rose to pieces. The sprawling monster did the same, and scattered the faint petals in the air. It grovelled on the ground, and, when he looked at it, it watched him with a face drawn with pain. He crept away, lest he should see it, and covered his eyes with his hands. He crawled, like some wounded thing, into the shadow, and lay there moaning.~ The Birthday of the Infanta

Jessie M. King ~ The Little Princess Had Always to Play Alone ~ from The Birthday of the Infanta by Oscar Wilde ~ via Art Passions Gallery ~ Fairytale Here ~ Thank you, Art Passions!

Jessie M. King ~ Collins’ Golden Dawn Booklet no. 7 cover ~ 1928 ~ via

Jessie M. King ~ Fairy Obedience Said to Fairy Love ~ 1929 ~ frontispiece from Mummy’s Bedtime Story Book by “Marion” ~ via

Jessie M. King ~ Frontispiece and Title Page ~ Mummy’s Bedtime Story Book by “Marion” ~ 1929 ~ via

Jessie M. King ~ Cover Art ~ Mummy’s Bedtime Story Book by “Marion” ~ 1929 ~ via