45 stories

Adzanumee and her Mother

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The woman thought, ‘if only this fine yam were a daughter, how happy I should be.’ To her astonishment the yam answered, ‘If I were to become your daughter, would you promise never to reproach me with having been a yam?’

AfricaEast Africa

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Anansi the Blind Fisherman

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Anansi continued his fishing with the help of two men. The latter were exceedingly kind to him, and aided him in every possible way. But instead of being grateful to them, Anansi behaved very badly.

AfricaEast Africa

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Briar Rose

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The Princess ascended a narrow, winding staircase and reached a little door. A rusty key was sticking in the lock, and when she turned it the door flew open. In a little room sat an old woman with a spindle, spinning her flax busily.

EuropeGermany

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Courtship

By

‘Your last year's Excuse doesn't hold Good now. If you Refused me because I was Poor, I come back to you Rich.’

EuropeEngland

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Elidor, or the Golden Ball

By

There appeared to the boy two little men, saying: ‘If thou wilt come with us, we will lead thee into a land full of sports and delights.’

EuropeWales

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Johnny Reed’s Cat

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It’s little we know concerning the creatures and their ways, and with whom and what they’re mixed up.

EuropeEngland

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Little Red Riding Hood

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‘Granny!’ Red Riding Hood cried, ‘What very long arms you have got!’ The Wolf answered, ‘The better to hug you, my child.’

EuropeEngland

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More Ancient Dancing Plagues

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The Dancing Mania was, in fact, no new disease, but well known in the Middle Ages, of which many wondrous stories were traditionally current among the people.

EuropeGermany

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Morning Sunrise

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The man bade ‘Morning Sunrise’ lie down on her bed as if she were dead. He then sent the report of her death to each of the three lovers, asking them to come and help him with her funeral.

AfricaEast Africa

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Mr. Fox

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Mr. Fox saw a diamond ring glittering on the finger of the young lady he was dragging, and he drew his sword, raised it, and brought it down upon the hand of the poor lady.

EuropeEngland

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Of the Nature of Contagion

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We learn from Histories, that the first time the Plague was felt here, which was in the Year 1485, it began in the Army, with which King Henry VII. came from France, and landed in Wales.

EuropeEngland

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On the Causes of the Epidemic

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...and from this mass may be distinctly seen bubbles filled with noxious gas continually evolving.

North AmericaMarylandBaltimore

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On the Influence of Panic in Propagating Fever

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‘It now struck me that there was certainly much delusion in all this, and that much must be owing to panic and imitation.’

EuropeScotlandEdinburgh

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Oshidori

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That night Sonjo dreamed a dreary dream. It seemed to him that a beautiful woman came into his room, and stood by his pillow, and began to weep.

East AsiaJapan

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The Ape and her Two Young Ones

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There was a foolish old widowed She-Ape, who had two young Monkeys of twins. She doted upon one of them, while she only noticed the other to punish him bitterly.

EuropeEngland

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The Ass in a Lion’s Skin

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Clothed in the Lion's skin, the young Ass strutted forth believing himself a very Lion, and causing men to flee before him in terror.

EuropeEngland

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The Boy and the Skylark

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A little bird that's in the air, the hidden trespass shall declare, and openly reveal it.

EuropeEngland

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The Dancing Mania in Germany and the Netherlands

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Girls and boys quitted their parents, and servants their masters, to amuse themselves at the dances of those possessed, and greedily imbibed the poison of mental infection.

EuropeGermany

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The Daw in Borrowed Plumes

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A vulgar Daw tricked herself out in all the gay feathers which fell from the fashionable Peacocks and valued herself above all the birds of the air.

EuropeEngland

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The First Tooth

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Through the house what busy joy, just because the infant boy has a tiny tooth to show!

EuropeEngland

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