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The Enchanted Types

by L. Frank Baum

Genre: Fairy Tale
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising


One time a knook became tired of his beautiful life and longed for something new to do. The knooks have more wonderful powers than any other immortal folk–except, perhaps, the fairies and ryls. So one would suppose that a knook who might gain anything he desired by a simple wish could not be otherwise than happy and contented. But such was not the case with Popopo, the knook we are speaking of. He had lived thousands of years, and had enjoyed all the wonders he could think of. Yet life had become as tedious to him now as it might be to one who was unable to gratify a single wish.

Finally, by chance, Popopo thought of the earth people who dwell in cities, and so he resolved to visit them and see how they lived. This would surely be fine amusement, and serve to pass away many wearisome hours.

Therefore one morning, after a breakfast so dainty that you could scarcely imagine it, Popopo set out for the earth and at once was in the midst of a big city.

His own dwelling was so quiet and peaceful that the roaring noise of the town startled him.


Not much story here; an other-worldly creature visits earth, frees some caged birds, then wonders what he can do for the stuffed birds on ladies’ hats. Slight, but sweet. You’d probably want to invent a stronger reason for the creature to visit earth.


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