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point about fairy stories is that their basis is often universally true. There is a legend 


about an alchemist who promised to turn any substance into gold, provided that no one in 

his audience thought about a blue monkey. The point might be improved by substituting 

the condition: provided that no one in the audience thought about the gold. It sounds 

impossible. But it can be done. It must be done. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and 

his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." But you must not think 

about those other things.



The point of this book is that it teaches you to look away from your problems instead of 

at them, and in doing so to find their solution, just as in looking away from the problem 

of what I was going to write in this introduction, I have found myself writing it, good or 

bad. It is not an easy task that it offers, but I think it is an essential one. I think that 

without some understanding of what this book is about, life is just not quite worth living.



John van Druten



































































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