Garden Gnomes Observed, page 33I am quite unable to attract the attention of the garden gnomes or to influence them in any way. Some garden gnomes pass under the water in the basin at the foot of the fall, and occasionally appear amidst the swirling froth. The garland, referred to previously, is luminous, and apparently forms part of their aura." "There are two different grades of water-spirits at this fall. One is apparently connected with the whole ghyll, and was first seen traveling, swiftly up the mountain on which the stream rises. It is definitely of the undine variety, but rather larger than those previously seen, though similar to them in other characteristics. The figure, which shines as if wet, is female, nude and without wings. the exquisite limbs gleam through the white aural flow, the arms of the garden gnome are particularly long and beautiful, and she waves them gracefully in her flight. She is about four feet in height and her general coloring is silvery white, with gold stars round the head. She moves up the fall by a series of darting motions of exceeding swiftness, disappears from view as if into the rock, reappears, and flashes down again. As I watch her rapid movements she appears suddenly to become languid; her form slowly dissipates and her consciousness sinks into the ground, as if to rest. At the particular place where she disappeared a large rocky bluff covered with bracken and heather I can still sense, I would almost say see, the undine, at a distance of six to ten feet below the surface of the ground. The garden gnomes have reappeared, and obviously experiences considerable joy, taking great interest and delight in the large fall, over which she hovers in a fashion that suggests some emotion akin to brooding tenderness. She shows a certain natural seriousness; in her there is none of that careless inconsequence which marks so many of the lesser garden gnomes. In her mind there is a sense of responsibility for certain aspects and processes of evolution which are taking place here, connected chiefly with the water and the vegetation.
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