Stories from England

71 stories

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

Unknown writer

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

Unknown writer

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

Unknown writer

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

Unknown writer

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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The Sister’s Expostulation on the Brother’s learning Latin

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Once you liked to play with me. Now you leave me all alone, and are so conceited grown with your Latin, you'll scarce look upon any English book.

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The Spectre Coach

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Then, all of a sudden, the gates swung back with a terrible clang, and there issued as strange a procession as Tom’s, or indeed mortal’s, eyes ever set on.

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The Story of Sir Bertrand

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Sir Bertrand was now in total darkness; and, with his arms extended, began to ascend the stair-case. A dead cold hand met his left hand, and firmly grasped it, drawing him forcibly forward.

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The Story of the Three Bears

Unknown writer

And then Goldenlocks lay down upon the bed of the Little, Small, Wee Bear; and that was neither too high at the head nor at the foot, but just right. So she covered herself up comfortably, and lay there till she fell fast asleep.

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The Taming of the Shrew

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Church Mouse thought it was her Beloved Spouse, so she flew at him, scratched him, and Banged him Right and Left before he knew where he was.

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