Stories from England

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Little Totty

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

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

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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Moll Cut Purse

She was a participator in most of the crimes and wild frolics of her time; and was notorious as a fortune-teller, a pickpocket, and a receiver of stolen goods.

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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.

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Nelly, the Knocker

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On the stone, at the dead hour of the night, might be discerned a female figure wrapped in a grey cloak. She was incessantly knock, knock, knocking, in a fruitless endeavour to split the impenetrable rock.

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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.

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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.

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Rival Songsters

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Worthy, ah! your very Worth lies in your Not Asserting it.

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Robin Hood

No man could travel alone through Sherwood Forest, without being stripped of his money.

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Self-Esteem

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‘We know your Failing, but, my friend, you won't Grow Fat on that sort of Diet—good night.’

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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.

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The Adventures of Mother Hubbard and her Dog

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Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard, to give the poor dog a bone. When she came there, the cupboard was bare, and so the poor dog had none.

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The adventures of Robinson Crusoe

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All on a sudden, crack! crack! went the deck. ‘Heaven have mercy on us!’ cried the sailors, who turned pale with terror, and lifted up their eyes to heaven.

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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.

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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.

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The Baker’s Daughter

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When the girl thought the bread should be ready she looked in the oven and was very much amazed to find a very large loaf of bread. She pretended to look about the oven as if in search of something.

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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.

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The Brown Man of the Moors

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His dress was entirely brown, the colour of the brackens, and his head covered with frizzled red hair. His countenance was expressive of the most savage ferocity, and his eyes glared like those of a bull.

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The Children in the Wood

The uncle could not help thinking that he wished the little boy and girl would die, for then he should have all their money for himself.

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