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Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling
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K.V. Johansen Scraps of poetry from the stories in these have been with me for, it seems, all my life. "Four and twenty ponies..." "What is a woman that you forsake her... to go with the old grey widow-maker ..." In a way, Puck's stories are a precursor to Sutcliff's historical fiction; Kipling wrote them out of a desire to mythologize a landscape, to give the imagined history of a single place through time by telling the stories of the people who had lived, fought, loved, and died there. Puck, too, is in a way a precursor of my own Torrie, although I'd forgotten Puck described himself as an Old Thing until a rereading long after Torrie came out.

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