Ithaca Judge Scott Miller tossed charges filed against a local artist for spraypainting a pink fairy on an Ithaca street.
Click here for The Voice’s story about the case. You can read Miller’s ruling in its entirety at the bottom of this story.
Here we are highlighting 7 great literary references in Miller’s ruling:
1 — Peter Pan
“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. ”
— from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
2 — Richard Dawkins
“There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can’t prove that there aren’t any, so shouldn’t we be agnostic with respect to fairies?”
— Richard Dawkins.
3 — William Butler Yeats
“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame”
–W.B. Yeats’ “The Land of Heart’s Desire.”
4 — Mary Poppins
“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”
— from P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins.
5 — William Wordsworth
“What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.”
–William Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.”
6 — ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’
“Defendant has presented evidence that he extinguished the pink fairy rather easily with just a splash of water, reminiscent of how easily Dorothy dispatched the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’” from Judge Scott Miller’s Dec. 24 ruling.
7 — Edgar Allen Poe
“[The fairy’s] pink flame is extinguished,” Judge Miller said. “She delighted Ithaca’s children for just a moment and now like Lenore [from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”] she is nevermore,” from Judge Miller’s ruling.