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From my project based on the W. B. Yeats book ‘Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry’, this illustration is inspired by the story ‘The Jackdaw’.
The tale tells of a man who buys a jackdaw that learns to say a number of phrases. When the man falls on hard times and ends up in prison, he releases the bird.
Shortly afterwards, it is captured in a net amongst a flock by a gardener, who takes them to a house to kill them. The jackdaw flies to the corner of the room, where it calls out the phrases, causing the gardener to believe there is another person in the room. Frightened, the gardener flees from the house, followed by the birds who regain their freedom.