Stories from Europe

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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

Unknown writer

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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All Change

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The landlady put the pea upon a dresser and left it there, and a chicken wandering by saw it and jumped up on the dresser and ate it. So when the laziest man called the next day and asked for his pea the landlady couldn't find it.

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An Egg of Eggs

Unknown writer

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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Auntie Toothache

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I heard a buzzing sound. Was it she or the wind? No, it was she, Mistress Toothache! Her terrible highness, Satania Infernalis! Heaven deliver and preserve us from her visits!

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Baba Yaga

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The two orphans looked inside the hut and saw the witch resting there, her head near the threshold, one foot in one corner, the other foot in another corner, and her knees quite close to the ridge pole.

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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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Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty could not help shuddering when she saw the horrible face of the frightful creature, but she made a brave effort to overcome her fear.

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Blash de Manfre, the Water Spouter

Unknown writer

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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Blue Beard

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He had already married several wives, and nobody knew what had become of them.

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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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Briar Rose

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The Princess ascended a narrow, winding staircase and reached a little door. A rusty key was sticking in the lock, and when she turned it the door flew open. In a little room sat an old woman with a spindle, spinning her flax busily.

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Carabi! Carabo!

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The horse gave a jump in order to rise in the air and commenced his flight, but this time he was not alone; for when waving his tail it caught up good little Arthur, winding itself round his body.

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Cinderella

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The new wife brought two daughters home with her, and they were beautiful and fair in appearance, but at heart were black and ugly.

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Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper

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Her godmother simply touched her with her wand, and, at the same moment, her clothes were turned into cloth of gold and silver, all decked with jewels.

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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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Dimian the Peasant

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He was harsh by nature, this Dimian, and wanted everything to go his own way. If any one talked or acted against him, Dimian's fists were soon prepared for answer.

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