11 stories

Filagranata

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‘I know nothing about forgiveness,’ replied the witch. ‘You have eaten my parsley, and must take the consequences; and the consequences are these: I must be godmother to your first child; be it boy or girl, it must belong to me.’

EuropeItaly

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History of Valentine and Orson

The poor lady gave birth to two beautiful boys, when just as she was pressing them to her bosom a huge bear rushed upon her, and snatching up one of the babes in its mouth, darted off into the thickest of the forest with it.

EuropeEngland

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How Ball-Carrier finished his Task

‘I have heard of you so often that I am very glad to meet you. I am told that you are more powerful than any man on earth, and as I am powerful too, let us try which is the strongest.’

North AmericaNative American Tribes

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Kate Webster’s Revenge

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Early in 1879 a murder was committed at Richmond which for callousness and savagery has few parallels. The affair became known as ‘the Barnes Mystery,’ because of the discovery at Barnes of a box containing human remains.

EuropeEngland

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Phebe Brown

She can lift one hundred weight in each hand, and carry fourteen score; can sew, knit, cook, and spin, but hates them all, and every accompaniment to the female character, that of modesty excepted.

EuropeEngland

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Singular Recovery of a Female Unjustly Executed

The judges had no suspicion of the depravity of the accuser, whose station was respectable, and they administered the law in all its rigour; a rigour undoubtedly excessive.

EuropeEngland

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The Bunyip

They looked at each other with horror, cold shivers running down their spines; for though they had never beheld it, there was not a man amongst them who did not know what it was—the cub of the awful Bunyip!

OceaniaAustralia

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The Story of the Yara

For a moment the girl sat choked with fear, as these thoughts rushed through her; then she said: ‘Alonzo, will you promise me something?’

Latin America and CaribbeanBrazil

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The Three Love-Oranges

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Then the little old woman gave the three love-oranges to the prince, telling him that when he opened one such a maiden as he was in search of would appear, but he must immediately look for water and sprinkle her, or she would disappear again.

EuropeItaly

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Trial of Kate Webster: Discovery of the Crime, and Kate Webster’s past

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Prior to March, 1879, Kate Webster, save to the very few, was utterly unknown; then suddenly the public learned that living in their midst was the grimmest of grim personalities, a character so uniquely sinister and barbaric as to be hardly human.

EuropeEngland

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Vaccarella

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‘Vaccarella! Vaccarella! what shall I do? I have got all this hemp to spin, and I never learnt spinning. Yet if I don’t get through it somehow I shall get sadly beaten to-night. Dear little cow, tell me what to do!’

EuropeItaly

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