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 Fairy Sparks.Fait Accompli (French). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fairy of the Mine.
A malevolent being supposed to live in mines, busying itself with cutting ore, turning the windlass, etc., and yet effecting nothing. (See GNOME.)   1
“No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine,
Hath hurtful power o’er true virginity.”
Milton: Comus, 447–8.

 Fairy Sparks.Fait Accompli (French). 

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