Fables and Folk Stories

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1890 - Fables - 200 pages

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Page 165 - O man of the sea ! Come, listen to me, For Alice my wife, The plague of my life, Hath sent me to beg a boon of thee ! " Then the fish came swimming to him, and said,
Page 171 - The ass placed himself upright on his hindlegs, with his fore-feet resting against the window; the dog got upon his back; the cat scrambled up to the dog's shoulders, and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat's head.
Page 154 - I cannot fail of having money enough to purchase a new gown. Green — let me consider — yes, green becomes my complexion best, and green it shall be. In this dress I will go to the fair, where all the young fellows will strive to have me for a partner ; but I shall perhaps refuse every one of them, and with an air of disdain, toss from them.
Page 155 - They happened to have very good sport, and caught a large fat stag, which the lion ordered the ass to divide. The ass, according to the best of his capacity, did so, and made three pretty...
Page 160 - But, wife," answered the fisherman, "how can you be king? the fish cannot make you a king." "Husband," said she, "say no more about it, but go and try; I will be king!" So the man went away, quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to be king.
Page 118 - She went abroad the next day, and the owner coming as before, and finding the grain falling to the ground from over-ripeness, and still no one at work, called to his son. "We must wait for our neighbours and friends no longer; do you go and hire some reapers to-night, and we will set to work ourselves to-morrow.
Page 161 - and you are my slave, so go directly!" So the fisherman was obliged to go; and he muttered as he went along, "This will come to no good, it is too much to ask, the fish will be tired at last, and then we shall repent of what we have done.
Page 72 - What's that to me ?" said the little man : " you have had your frolic, now I've a mind to be merry myself;" and he began again, singing and shouting as loud as he could. The woodman and his wife being awakened by the noise, peeped through a crack in the door ; but when they saw...
Page 79 - He showed them where they were to start, and how far they were to run. The Tortoise lost no time. She started at once, and jogged straight on. The Hare knew he could come to the end in two or three jumps. So he lay down and took a nap first.
Page 29 - ... went and hid themselves to watch what the little elves would do. About midnight they came in, and were going to sit down to their work as usual ; but when they saw the clothes lying for them, they laughed and were greatly delighted.

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