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possible people . At one corner of the market-place a great tumult arose , for the people all ran to see the great mogul , who was going by in his palanquin , attended by all his court , and seven hundred slaves . At the same time , at the other corner of the place , entered the lord mayor ' s show . In the midst of the crowding and noise caused by the meeting of
these two grand processions , an alderman got his head knocked off by a brahmin , and the great mogul was pitched out of his palanquin . Terrible was the fray in consequence ; they began to beat each other , when suddenly the little man in the brocade robe , who had saluted Nutcracker by the title of ' prince' at the gate of the town , jumped upon the base of the obelisk , and cried out , in a loud and clear voice , * Confectioner !
confectioner ! confectioner ) ' Immediately the tumult was stilled , the crowd dispersed , the great mogul remounted his palanquin , the alderman put his head upon his shoulders , and the processions defiled by rapidly . 4 What did the cry of " confectioner ! " mean 2 ' asked Mary of Nutcracker . 4 My dear young lady , " replied Nutcracker , * this confectioner is the
all-powerful and unknown first cause of these lively little people ; one confectioner ; or , as some of them more rationally believe , three confectioners , father , son , and journeyman , mysteriously intertwisted into one confectioner . His name , pronounced in a loud voice , immediately subdues the greatest tumults . Here people think very little of terrestrial affairs , and are very much opposed to changes of any kind . They meditate , and say , *' What is a puppet ? and to what does the existence of a puppet tend ? 11 They then advanced further into the city , and Mary could not repress a cry of astonishment when they came in sight of a castle , crowned with numerous turrets , all covered with flowers , and spangled with stars . ' We now stand before the castle of Alicumpane / said Nutcracker . Mary was quite absorbed in contemplation of this grand building , and observing that workmen were employed in repairing one of the towers , she interrogated Nutcracker concerning it . 4 Some time since / said he , * this castle was menaced with entire destruction . The giant Dampantime passing this way , bit off one of the towers , and would have continued his meal on the palace , if the government had not bought him off with a quarter of the town , and a large portion of Comfit Wood . *
This discourse of Nutcracker was interrupted by the sound of soft music . The gates of the castle opened , and twelve little pages came out ; they were followed by four ladies , who could not but be taken for princesses ; they embraced Nutcracker tenderly , exclaiming , O my prince , my excellent prince ! O my brother ! ' Nutcracker appeared very much moved ; he wiped his eyes frequently , and , at last , taking the hand of Mary , said , in a pathetic tone : ' This is Miss Mary Smallhorse , the daughter of a worthy physician
who saved my life ; I mean Miss Mary , not the doctor , bhe threw her shoe at my mortal enemy : she procured me the sabre of an invalided colonel of cuirassiers ; to her I owe the death of the king of the rats . ' The ladies threw themselves upon Mary ' s neck , and loaded her with thanks and compliments . They then conducted her into the castle , where a magnificent repast was served up . In the middle of the feast , the handsomest of Nutcracker ' s sisters presented to her a cup filled with
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1835, page 27, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2641/page/27/