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Enchanted Castle, The

MORE FROM THE fortuitously prolific pen of E. Nesbitt, but stuffed full of the usual upper class Edwardian drawing rooms peopled by Posh Edwardian Children, here discovering a “magic ring” with wish-conferring capabilities. Each wish, naturally, had an unfortunate sting in the tail. So, a row of hastily constructed mannekins (an audience for the children’s pantomime) unexpectedly came to life as terrifying “Ugly-Wuglies”, the thieving cock-er-nee maid’s magical shopping spree wrought disastrous consequences and, in the most memorable moment, marble statues in the grounds took it upon themselves to start wandering around at night. Literal wish-fulfilment for those upper class kids who lived up the road from you. For those of us watching not a) Edwardian b) posh c) in a drawing room, all there was to wish for were the delights of riding around in a dinosaur, perpetual invisibility, or an indoor toilet.

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