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"I am that merry wanderer of the night", cried the elf Robin Goodfellow, sometimes called Puck by commonfolk. Indeed, he was the jester of the faerie, a cutup who lured travelers into swamps, pinched lazy housemaids and pulled stools from beneath inveterate gossips. It was said that humans danced to his seductive piping as trained bears to a circus drum, and that he took his pleasure in causing confusion among mortals, whose follies he never tired of watching.

"That shrewd and knavish sprite call'd Robin Goodfellow."
- William Shakespeare

Rob"in Good"fel`low (?).

A celebrated fairy; Puck. See Puck.



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