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Electricity as a Fairy?

Read the two quotations below, which are taken from two late nineteenth-century books, and try to answer the questions that follow:-

Quotation 1

“In the last seventy years or so […] the new facts discovered have been so numerous and remarkable, their applications so curious and important, that electricity has been compared to a kind fairy, of whom it was only necessary to ask miracles to have them realized”

Adolphe Ganot, Natural Philosophy for General Readers and Young Persons, trans. Edmund Atkinson (1872)

Quotation 2

“There are persons who will not fail to warn us that we shall be blown sky-high, or shriveled up to a cinder some day, if once we let such a mysterious stranger into our houses.”

Ascott R. Hope, Wonders of Electricity (1881)

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