[ noun ] a story about fairies; told to amuse children

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(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

In a series of fairy_tales and fantasies , Melies demonstrated that the film is superbly equipped to tell a straightforward story , with beginning , middle and end , complications , resolutions , climaxes , and conclusions .

(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)

I called the other afternoon on my old friend , Graves_Moreland , the Anglo-American literary critic - his mother was_born in Ohio - who lives alone in a fairy-tale cottage on the Upson_Downs , raising_hell and peacocks , the former only when the venerable gentleman becomes an angry old_man about the state of literature or something else that is dwindling and diminishing , such_as human stature , hope , and humor .

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narration Bluebeard

[ noun ] an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse

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