Luck of the Bean-Rows, Hurrah!

Story # 5 in The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is by Charles Nodier (1780 – 1844) and it features a main character who is two-and-a-half feet high and is called Luck of the Bean-Rows (love the name!) because his beans grow so fat.

When he is twelve, his parents send him off to town to find a market for his magnificent beans (and also to see the world), and before long he encounters a tiny princess, Pea-Blossom, who lends him one of her hundreds of tiny carriages to ride in.

  • “The springs of this carriage are a trifle lively,” he thought to himself (he was nimble-witted, remember); “it started off on its giddy race before Pea-Blossom could tell me whither I was bound. I don’t see why this journey should not last for ages and ages, for that lovely princess, who is young enough to be something of a madcap, told me how to start the carriage, but had no time to say how I was to stop it . . . It sped from the tropics to the poles and back from the poles to the tropics, across all the parallels and meridians, quite unconcerned by the unhealthy changes of temperature.”

Loving this story. Hopefully it will not end on a cliff-y, like that “Hard Nut” story by E. T. A. Hoffmann.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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