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" Surely few regret having chased when children across the wet and briary field after the end of the rainbow. Even after we learned the pot of  gold was a  myth, the inspiration of the chase far outweighed the disillusionment.  Even the darker fictions but add colour to the memory. Few of us would take out of our  memories the thrill and awe of the night  we thought the world was coming to an end; the day we saw the first circus parade and thought the cages gold;  the mysterious white  form which we fancied hovered over the churchyard that dark night.  If the  colour of these fancies and folk stories still lingers after wisdom has come, we are the richer for it, provided that knowledge has brought the power to know the realfrom the imaginary. The use of grown-up wisdom is to teach which is fancy and which is substance. It is not meant to take away the colour of the mind or grind life down to nothing but material facts. Rather is it to carry over the wonder of fancy and more firmly attach it to the substances that endure …"

The Girls Annual, 1919.