The Satyr's Children
. Argus Books . Chicago
PS3545.Y27 S3 1939 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A wistful and romantic twenty-page short story in a pamphlet. The story touches on reactions to the foreign and especially on the need for compassion with anyone's eccentricities. An aged woodcutter and his wife come upon orphaned satyr-children, adopt them, defend them, care for them, and worry about them-until they have grown and it is clear that their own world is calling them back. I like especially the old mother. When told You cannot know where they came from or what will become of them, she answers No, that cannot be known about any one. Again Well, well, she knew that Christina was right in considering the children's horns and tails were odd. Yet there they were,--after all, not more freakish than her husband's perversity, or many another fact of nature through which, during a long life, she had been sustained by a sense of fun still but powerful (14).