The Magic Finger
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What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?
To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it's just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she's very, very angry, the little girl's Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it's turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that's just the beginning of their problems….
get cross, when I see red … Then I get very, very hot all over … Then the tip of the forefinger of my right hand begins to tingle most terribly … And suddenly a sort of flash comes out of me, a quick flash, like something electric. It jumps out and touches the person who has made me cross … And after that the Magic Finger is upon him or her, and things begin to happen … Well, the Magic Finger was now upon the whole of the Gregg family, and there was no taking it off again. I ran home and
now a tiny little man! He was maybe as tall as the seat of a chair, but no taller. And where his arms had been, he had a pair of duck’s wings instead! ‘But … but … but …’ cried Mrs Gregg, going purple in the face. ‘My dear man, what’s happened to you?’ ‘What’s happened to both of us, you mean!’ shouted Mr Gregg. It was Mrs Gregg’s turn now to jump out of bed. She ran to look at herself in the glass. But she was not tall enough to see into it. She was even smaller than Mr Gregg, and she,
make the inside nice and soft.’ The building of the nest went on and on. It took a long time. But at last it was finished. ‘Try it,’ said Mr Gregg, hopping back. He was very pleased with his work. ‘Oh, isn’t it lovely!’ cried Mrs Gregg, going into it and sitting down. ‘I feel I might lay an egg any moment!’ The others all got in beside her. ‘How warm it is!’ said William. ‘And what fun to be living so high up,’ said Philip. ‘We may be small, but nobody can hurt us up here.’ ‘But what
to eat an apple without holding it in your hands is not at all easy. Every time you try to get your teeth into it, it just pushes away. In the end, they were able to get a few small bites each. And then it began to get dark, so they all flew back to the nest and lay down to sleep. It must have been at about this time that I, back in my own house, picked up the telephone and tried to call Philip. I wanted to see if the family was all right. ‘Hello,’ I said. ‘Quack!’ said a voice at the other
I saw Philip and William coming out of the woods with their father, and they were carrying a lovely young deer. This made me so cross that I started shouting at them. The boys laughed and made faces at me, and Mr Gregg told me to go home and mind my own P’s and Q’s. Well, that did it! I saw red. And before I was able to stop myself, I did something I never meant to do. I PUT THE MAGIC FINGER ON THEM ALL! Oh, dear! Oh, dear! I even put it on Mrs Gregg, who wasn’t there. I put it on the