Stories from England

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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.

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The Fairies’ Cup

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A great tumult arose at the banquet on account of his taking away the cup, and all the guests pursued him, but the peasant escaped by the fleetness of the beast he rode.

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The Fairy Children

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A boy and his sister were found near the mouth of a pit. They were different in the colour of their skin from all the people of our habitable world, for their skin was tinged of a green colour.

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The Family Elm

The interior of this tree is paved with bricks, and in other respects made comfortable for its temporary occupants.

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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!

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The Fox and the Crow

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The Crow, tickled with the very civil language of the Fox, nestled and wriggled about, and hardly knew where she was.

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The Fox that was Docked

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It was so uncouth a sight for a Fox to appear without this distinguishing ornament of his race, that the very thought of it made him weary of his life.

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The Frog and the Ox

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‘And see,’ he said, ‘if I don’t make the biggest swell of the two.’

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The Frog Prince

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The Frog, as soon as he had received the King’s daughter's promise, drew his head under the water and dived down, swam up again with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on the grass.

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The Hind in the Wood

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The Hind instantly fled, but as she was crossing a path, Prince Guerrier lodged an arrow in her leg, when her strength failed her, and she fell.

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The History of Jack Jingle

Jack ran away crying as loud as he could, ‘A Shilling! a penny! a halfpenny! and a plumcake! Huzza!’ till he came to his father's cottage.

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The History of Whittington and his Cat

Poor Dick ran off as fast as his legs could carry him; he walked about the streets till it grew dark, and finding nothing but dirt instead of gold, he sat down in a corner, and cried himself to sleep.

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The House that Jack Built

This is the Rat, that ate the Malt, that lay in the House that Jack built.

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The Kennel in Council

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The Expected Spaniel has arrived, only instead of One Spaniel there are Two.

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The Life and Death of Jenny Wren

Jenny Wren fell sick upon a merry time; in came Robin Red-breast, and brought her cake & wine.

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The Lion and the Gnat

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The Lion, finding the insect would not be brushed away, was fain to accept the challenge; so to it they went.

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The Lobster and his Mother

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‘Behold,’ the Lobsyer said, ‘the beauty and splendour of one of our family, thus decked out in glorious scarlet.’rr

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The Quarrel

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‘When you Flew out this morning you said you would not be Ten Minutes, and now—look at the Sun. What Time do you make it out to be, Mr. Sparrow?’

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The Rainbow

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My favourite green, the grass's hue, and the fine deep violet-blue, nd the pretty pale blue-bell, and the rose I love so well.

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The Simple Stork

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‘You've a pretty Long Beak of your own, which is a Decided Advantage,’ said the Fox. ‘But it is Such a funny vessel, I can't Get my beak in,’ said the Stork.

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