The Selfish Giant part 4

is your garden now, little children,” said the Giant, and he took a great axe
and knocked down the wall. And when the people were going to market at twelve
o’clock they found the Giant playing with the children in the most beautiful
garden they had ever seen.

day long they played, and in the evening they came to the Giant to bid him

where is your little companion?” he said: “the boy I put into the tree.” The
Giant loved him the best because he had kissed him.

don’t know,” answered the children; “he has gone away.”

must tell him to be sure and come here to-morrow,” said the Giant. But the
children said that they did not know where he lived, and had never seen him
before; and the Giant felt very sad.

afternoon, when school was over, the children came and played with the Giant.
But the little boy whom the Giant loved was never seen again. The Giant was
very kind to all th

The Selfish Giant part 3

the Hail stopped dancing over his head, and the North Wind ceased roaring, and
a delicious perfume came to him through the open casement. “I believe the
Spring has come at last,” said the Giant; and he jumped out of bed and looked

did he see?

saw a most wonderful sight. Through a little hole in the wall the children had
crept in, and they were sitting in the branches of the trees. In every tree
that he could see there was a little child. And the trees were so glad to have
the children back again that they had covered themselves with blossoms, and
were waving their arms gently above the children’s heads.

Farthest corner

birds were flying about and twittering with delight, and the flowers were
looking up through the green grass and laughing. It was a lovely scene, only in
one corner it was still winter. It was the farthest corner of the garden, and
in it was standing a little boy. He was so small

The Selfish Giant part 2

the Spring came, and all over the country there were little blossoms and little
birds. Only in the garden of the Selfish Giant it was still winter. The birds
did not care to sing in it, as there were no children, and the trees forgot to
blossom. Once a beautiful flower put its head out from the grass, but when it
saw the notice-board it was so sorry for the children that it slipped back into
the ground again, and went off to sleep.

Chimney pots down

only people who were pleased were the Snow and the Frost. “Spring has forgotten
this garden,” they cried, “so we will live here all the year round.” The Snow
covered up the grass with her great white cloak, and the Frost painted all the
trees silver. Then they invited the North Wind to stay with them, and he came.
He was wrapped in furs, and he roared all day about the garden, and blew the
chimney-pots down. “This is a delightful spot,” he said; “we must ask the Hail
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The Selfish Giant part 1

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

was bom in Dublin in 1854, the son of distinguished parents. His mother, Lady
Wilde, was famous for her volumes of Irish stories. Wilde went first to Trinity
College, Dublin, and later to Oxford. His first published work was a volume of
poems in 1881. From that time until 1895 he wrote plays, poems, essays, a
novel, and several short stories and fairy tales. Wilde’s jewelled style was
never employed to better purpose than in the group of tales from which The
Selfish Giant has been selected. In 1895 he was sentenced to two years’ hard
labour as a result of a notorious trial. After his release he travelled in
Italy and France, and died in 1900 at Paris.

Selfish Giant is reprinted, by permission of Mr. Philip Nutt, from The Happy
Prince and Other Tales, published by Gerald Duckworth and Co. 

The Selfish Giant

afternoon, as they were coming from school, the childre