I had long been aware of the WWI legend of The Angel of Mons, in which a piece of deliberate fiction was accepted as literal truth.
But I was unaware until recently that right in my own backyard, in nearby Hadley, Massachusetts, a similar bit of fiction-as-history existed, the Angel of Hadley, the account of how a mysterious elderly warrior saved settlers from the Indians.
This is a poster currently on sale at Etsy, under the title of "The Fox Catcher," discovered by reader Deborah Newton. Does anyone recognize the fable that it illustrates? The essential events are truly weird.
1) A fox comes to a house and steals away a child.
2) The parents track down the fox to his lair and lure him out with drum and violin music.
3) The fox is beaten and/or killed, and the tearful child is saved.
I thought I knew a lot of fairytales, but this one escapes me!