This first story is the Goblin and the Grocer from
THE PINK FAIRY BOOK Edited by Andrew Lang
The story is of a goblin, who in this story is not a bad creature. He lives with a grocer because the grocer gives him jam each Christmas Eve. Upstairs is a student, who gets a book of poetry and reads it out loud at night. The goblin sneaks up to listen and falls in love with the poetry. Eventually there is a fire, and the goblin saves the poetry book from the fire and finds out that it is more important to him than the jam. But he likes the jam too so he stays with both the grocer and the student.
This story is Rated G. The moral seems to be that it is ok to appreciate beauty, but you need your jam too. Not sure what use this is, but there you have it.
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