A horror short story by Arthur Machen.
A couple of youths discuss with a spiritual hermit called Ambrose about a mysterious Green Book. This turns out to be the diary of a young girl, who was instructed by her nurse in the ways of The Fair Folk.
"The White People" provides examples of:
- Ambiguous Innocence: The girl reacts cheerful and enthusiastically to the dark arts and disturbing circumstances.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Ambrose poses a downright alien view on good and evil, suggesting that true evil is the desecration of natural law. By his standards, a girl's messing with The Fair Folk is more evil than a murderer.
- Eldritch Location: The land of the white people, "Deep Dendo". Its a dim yet completely white place with a swirling sky and monuments depicting horrible things.
- Evil Mentor: The nurse, who taught a child to perform bizarre and dangerous magic.
- The Fair Folk: It's right in the title. 'Fair' used to mean 'pale' or 'white'.
- Harmful to Minors: Teaching the dark arts to a child is one thing. But one of the magical tricks the nurse teaches the girl is to create a clay figurine that she implicitly has sex with. The girl's trip to the land of the white people also includes stones depicting graphic and disturbing acts.
- Have a Gay Old Time: No, this is not a story about rednecks.
- Light Is Not Good: The titular white people are pale and live in a shiny land of silver, but they are evil.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Ambrose considers the girl's fae to be a metaphor for the world's unknown processes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The white people have almond-shaped red eyes.