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In most early legends the transformed fairy creature was milky white with red eyes, a sure sign of it being a fairy in disguise. Later in time, a fairy often appeared as a beautiful woman, detectable only by her graceful air-like movements and a scent of apple blossoms about her. 36 rom I:: ro th ed b desig the b type bein~ bein~ \\-orl. beca! in rh depI':: P'HIR'Y LORE llll­ les. as the bur ales :her ater . by ler. ~ In many regions of Europe fairy society was divided into two classes, the peasant and the aristocracy.

Give him butter," said her King. "Give him a drink of the Black Well water," they both said. Then they gave her twelve drops of liquid in a wee green bottle, three drops for the oatmeal, three for the oatcakes, three for the butter and three for the Black Well water. She took the green bottle in her hand, and suddenly it was dark. She was flying through the air, and when she opened her eyes she was at her own doorstep. She slipped away to bed, glad to be home again, and said nothing about where she had been or what she had seen.

The killings occurred during rit­ ual battles of "good against evil," and were followed by a rebirth of the fallen character. In most plays it was Saint George pitted against the evil Turkish knight. The knight is slain in combat and is then cured by the "doctor" character. The knight then rises and repents of his evil ways, an act that some say symbolizes the death of the Old Year and the birth of the New Year. The mummers also engaged in wild antics during the festivals and encouraged the same of others.

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