We live on this mountain, see. It’s our mountain. Our granite, our precious stones, and nobody is entitled to come here, least of all this little man who is sleeping on the rocks. He’s an earthworm, we should crush him dead, but he isn’t worth the trouble. Like all little men, he’ll try to climb to the top, and then the clouds will take him and carry him off. Come on, brothers, let’s go.

The Mountain Giant in The Donkey Cabbage, Yellow Fairy Book. Painting by Philip Burne-Jones.

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