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 the hour is late; - Sleep, honorable noble darling!"

The words seemed very polite; but she soon saw that the little men were only making cruel fun of her. They also made ugly faces at her.

She tried to catch some of them; but they jumped about so quickly that she could not. Then she tried to drive them away; but they would not go, and they never stopped singing "Chin-chin Kobakama, . . . . ." and laughing at her. Then she knew they were little fairies, and became so frightened that she could not even cry out. They danced around her until morning; - then they all vanished suddenly.

She was ashamed to tell anybody what had happened - because, as she was the wife of a warrior, she did not wish anybody to know how frightened she had been.

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