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A French Charlatan

Unknown writer

At his martial appearance all the guests rose, with respect; they felt assured that it must be a lieutenant-general, or a major-general at least.

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A Mine of Frogs

Unknown writer

There are several accounts in natural history of toads being found in the hearts of trees, and in solid rocks, wholly enclosed and shut up from the air and all appearance of food, and being taken alive out of such situations.

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A Sailor’s Wish

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Allowing these ships to range side by side, only thirty feet being admitted to each, they would reach about 70,429 miles, and form three complete bridges round the world.

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Aladdin, and the Wonderful Lamp

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This strange man was no uncle of Aladdin, nor was he related at all to him; but he was a wicked magician, who wanted to make use of the lad's services.

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

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The forty thieves carried bags of treasure, and hid it in a cave, which opened for them in the solid rock on saying the words, ‘Open, Sesame.’

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An Egg of Eggs

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On opening this second egg we therein discovered a third, enveloped as the former; of a firm texture, of the natural or common shape

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Beauty and the Beast

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‘Beauty, did you come here willingly to die in place of your father?’ ‘Willingly,’ she answered.

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Blash de Manfre, the Water Spouter

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Blash de Manfre rendered himself famous for drinking water in large quantities and discharging it from his stomach converted into various sorts of wine, simple waters, beer, oil and milk.

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Bluebeard

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‘This small key belongs to one small room on the ground‑floor, and this you must not open, or you will repent it sore.’

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Courtship

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

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Goody Two Shoes

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One day, as Margery was coming home from the next village, she met with some wicked, idle boys, who had tied a young raven to a staff. She offered at once to buy the raven for a penny, and this they agreed to.

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Goody Two‑Shoes

Unknown writer

Her father was a very respectable farmer but misfortunes and persecutions ruined this worthy man, and was the source of all poor Margery’s troubles.

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How the Cobbler cheated the Devil

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In the days when strange things used to happen in the world, and the devil himself used sometimes to walk about in it in a bare-faced fashion, he came to a very small town where he resolved to stay a while to play some of his tricks.

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Jack the Giant-Killer

Unknown writer

He went up boldly, and knocked loudly at the gate; when, to his great terror and surprise, there came forth a monstrous giant with two heads.

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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.

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Lame Molly

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The good maid, wishing to save her fellow-damsel so long a suffering, tried with might and main to bear in mind the name of the potent herb. At length she dropped asleep, and when she opened her eyes, she knew nothing at all about the matter.

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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.’

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Little Totty

Unknown writer

The moment the farmer’s wife's lips touched the flower, the bud opened with a pop! and inside it she found the smallest little maiden ever seen—scarcely half a thumb’s length; so she called her Little Totty.

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Marriott the Glutton

Unknown writer

Marriott was a lawyer who piqued himself on the brutal qualification of a voracious appetite, and a powerful digestive faculty.

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Miss Pussycat’s Tea Party

Unknown writer

Miss Tabitha, who had a very fine ear, gave them a little French song which had a chorus of Tant Mieux, and they all joined in, Captain Black and Mr. Velvet Purr singing the bass.

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