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Thu, 14 Oct 2010
Teeny-Tiny by John Russell Smith 1849

A teeny tiny woman hides
beneath her sheets

DORA AND HOP - SCOTCH BRING YOU

Teeny - Tiny


ONCE upon a time there was a teeny-tiny woman who lived in a teeny-tiny house in a teeny-tiny village. And, lo and behold, one fine beautiful evening, this teeny-tiny woman put on her teeny-tiny bonnet, and went out of her teeny-tiny house to take a teeny-tiny walk. She had not gone very far when she came to a teeny-tiny gate; so the teeny-tiny woman opened the teeny-tiny gate, that led into the green churchyard of a And there she stayed to look through. And presently this teeny-tiny woman opened the teeny-tiny gate and went into a teeny-tiny churchyard.

   And, lo and behold, when this teeny-tiny woman had got into the teeny-tiny churchyard, there was a teeny-tiny grave, and there, lying upon the dark mould she saw with her teeny-tiny eye what but a teeny-tiny bone ! And the teeny-tiny woman said to her teeny-tiny self, "This wee little teeny-tiny bone that it is will make me a teeny-tiny supper."

So with jusy one teeny-tiny glance over her shoulder, she thrust the teeny-tiny bone into her teeny-tiny pocket, and off she went home to her teeny-tiny house.

And, lo and behold, straight over the teeny-tiny chimney stood a teeny-tiny star. Now, when the teeny-tiny woman got home to her teeny-tiny house, I must confess she felt a teeny-tiny bit tired. So having lighted her teeny-tiny candle, up she went - went she into her teeny-tiny bedroom.  And with just one teeny-tiny glance over her shoulder, she put the teeny-tiny bone under her teeny-tiny pillow.

And, lo and behold , when this teeny-tiny woman had been to sleep but what seemed less even than a teeny-tiny moment, she was suddenly awakened by the sound of a footstep. And the footstep was coming up and up and up the stairs, one stair at a time; up and up. And the teeny-tiny woman lay in her teeny-tiny bed and listened.

And presently at the door there came a rap. Three times over: rap-rap-rap. And then in the silence a voice: "Where's me bone ?"

She is hiding beneath her
teeny-tiny sheetsAnd at this, the teeny-tiny woman was a teeny-tiny bit alarmed, and she hid her teeny-tiny head under the teeny-tiny sheet, and tried to sleep again.

And again, a little louder; rap-rap-rap. And a voice: Where's me bone ?"

   At this th e teeny-tiny woman gave a teeny-tiny scream, and hid her teeny-tiny head a teeny-tiny bit further under the teeny-tiny bed-clothes. And she could scarcely hear anything for the sound of her teeny-tiny teeth chattering. But now, louder than ever, shaking the whole teeny-tiny house, the teeny-tinyjug in the teeny-tiny basin, and every teeny-tiny picture on the teeny-tiny wals : RAP-RAP-RAP. And a voice: "Where's me bone ?"

 And at this -  to feel the teeny-tiny house shake, and to hear that enormous voice - the teeny-tiny woman was all but frightened out of her teeny-tiny wits. And without more ado, she drew out the teeny-tiny bone from beneath her teeny-tiny pillow, hopped out of her teeny-tiny bed, and flinging open the teeny-tiny door, she threw out the teeny-tiny bone straight into the darkness.

                            "TAKE IT !" says she.


 This wonderful little story was written by John Russell Smith.It is printed in Readings, selected by Walter de la Mare and Thomas Quayle Book 3 , 1925.

but thought to be written many years previous... London: John Russell Smith, 1849. ...

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