Midnight misery, night terrors, these come to children when we are not
cautious of what we expose them to. The following piece says it well.
“Pathetic stories soften the heart; but legends of terror breed midnight misery;
Fairy fictions cram the mind with folly, and knowledge of evil tempts children
to imitate the evil:
Be not reluctant to curb imagination, nor be fearful that truths will depress it;And for evil, he will learn it soon enough; don’t be the devil’s envoy.”
Fenelon, Painting by A.J. Frena