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possible . He was right , and certainly it was foolish of Frederick to wish to enter a castle which , with all its turrets of gold , was not so high as himself . Soon afterwards the promenade and the dance were repeated in exactly the same manner ; the man in the emerald green cloak looked out of the same window , and godpapa Pivot came to the same gate . Frederick cried out with impatience— Godpapa Pivot , I do wish you would go to the other gate !'
* That cannot be , my dear Frederick / answered the commissioner . c Well , then , tell that man in green not to look so often out of the window , but to go and walk with the others / 4 I cannot do it , ' said the commissioner , * as the mechanism is at first arranged so must it proceed . ' € Well , then I must tell you , godpapa Pivot' said Frederick , that if those good little people in the castle only do one thing continually , I don ' t think much of them . With my hussars it is quite different ; they manoeuvre as I wish ; they advance , they retreat , they are not shut up in a house . So saying , he ran to the other table and put his squadron in motion . Mary also turned to go away , for she was tired of the eternal walking and dancing ; but , being a very good little girl , she did not wish
her godpapa to observe her ennui . Mr . Pivot said to Dr . and Mrs . Smallhorse , in a discontented tone—* I must take away my castle , the work is too ingenious to be understood by these little folks . ' But Mrs . Smallhorse begged him to show the interior of it , and the wheels which put the puppets in motion .
Chapter II . —The ProtegS . Mary still lingered by the table , and suddenly observed something new , for the hussars of Frederick , in making a grand charge , cleared every thing before them , and discovered , on their left flank , a little man who had not been seen until that very moment . He stood in a modest
manner waiting patiently his turn . There is a great deal to say about this little man . The lower part of his body , from his shoulders downwards , was not very well formed , and his head was extremely large ; but this bad effect was somewhat diminished by his style of apparel , which indicated the man of quality . He wore a violet-coloured hussar jacket , plentifully covered with braids and buttons , red pantaloons , and the most beautiful boots—quite enviable ; they looked as if they were painted . Mary , at first sight , thought the little man very ugly , but , afterwards , when she observed the expression of goodness in his face , became better pleased with him . Friendship and universal benevolence glowed in his large , grey , open eyes , and his red lips were curled into a sweet smile .
' Dear papa , ' said Mary , * tell me , do tell me , whom does this pretty little man belong to ? 4 He must work for you all , ' answered papa ; " 'it is his duty to break nuts , and Louisa ( who was the elder sister ) and Fred may use him . * So saying , papa put him with care upon the table , and , the cap being pushed , the little man opened his large mouth , within which was seen fine , white , and pointed teeth . At papa's bidding , Mary placed therein a nut , and—crack!—the little man bit it so hard that the shell flew away , and the kernel tumbled into her hand . So Mary learned that the
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1835, page 11, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2641/page/11/