I am yellow and green, my claws are scarlet, and my tail is so long that it lies in a hundred coils. I live in the smoke of the Gloomy Cavern and I guard the Fountain of Health and Beauty. By the time you reach me, you’ll be too sad to meet my fiery eyes or raise your heavy sword.
The Dragon of the Gloomy Cavern in The Story of Pretty Goldilocks, Blue Fairy Book. Illustration by Warwick Goble.