Brown - Autumn Whispers
THE VERTE VELLES are
dwarves, no taller than the stem of a flower or a blade of grass; some are so
small that they disappear in the moss; the Green Ladies and Maidens are as tall
and supple as a young fir tree.
APPEARANCE: It is difficult
today to describe a Green Lady, daughter of the flora and light. Sometimes she
takes on the appearance of the ancient nymph that she once was; the wild virgin
with her skin marbled with ivy and the golden coins of the aca- cia; at other
times she appears in the veiled shadow of a jadelaine. The Vougeotes are
graceful, the Verdelettes minuscule, the Wild Ladies lanceolate and nectareous,
the Green Limbs bewitching. Sometimes their beauty conceals the face of a shrew
and the appetite of an ogress.
Green Ladies do not owe their name to the color of their skirt but to the color
of their clothes; dresses, tunics, veils, coats, hoods, skirts, breeches and
slippers. Their dress combines all the shades of green. The most noble among
them wear a red hat, the smallest ones a foxglove hat.