In "The Thing in the Forest," when Penny and Primrose meet as adults, Primrose says, "We've got into a mystery, but we didn't make it up. It wasn't a delusion." What are some elements in the story that suggest "The Thing" was actually real and some elements that suggest it wasn't real?
In "The Thing in the Forest," some elements that suggest that "The Thing" is real are the vividness of detail in the story's descriptions, the legends of the Loathly Worm, and the women's certainty about their experience. Its existence as only imaginary is suggested by the narrator's discussion of dreams and the women's failure to encounter the creature again.