She awoke to see the black， ragged figure of little Tom. She screamed and a nurse came in. Tom escaped out a window and down a tree. He ran through the park around the house， climbed over a wall， and slowed to a walk. He went for miles through the moors and climbed a mountain. He was hot， tired， and thirsty， but down below was a wonderful sight.
A deep， deep green and rocky valley， very narrow， and filled with woods： but through the woods， hundreds of feet below him， he could see a clear stream glance. Oh， if he could but get down to that stream！ Then， by the stream， he saw the roof of a little cottage， and a little garden， set out in squares and beds. And there was a tiny little red thing moving in the garden， no bigger than a fly. As Tom looked down， he saw that it was a woman in a red petticoat！ The name of the place was Vendale. The woman in the cottage was teaching some children the alphabet. She gave Tom a cup of milk and a piece of bread and told him to rest. Being feverish， he could not sleep. He went down to the brook， took off his clothes， and tumbled into the cool， clear water.
Tom suddenly found himself to be less than four inches long. The fairies had turned him into a water baby. He swam downstream， passing salmon going upstream. On the banks were men fishing. One of them fell into the swift current， rolled over and sank to the bottom of a deep hole. Tom saw that it was his old master， Mr. Grimes. Fairies carried the body away.
Tom reached the sea in the autumn. One day a man and a little girl were walking on the rocks at water's edge. She was Ellie， the same little girl Tom had seen in the great house. The man groped with his net in the weeds and caught little Tom by accident. Tom bit the man's finger and dropped back into the water. Excited， Ellie slipped and hit her head on a rock. That night， fairies came to her bed and carried her away.
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