Stories from Europe

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How the Wolves teach their Whelps

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I looked, and saw two wolves running through the field: one was full-grown, and the other a whelp. The whelp was carrying a dead lamb on his shoulders, and holding on to one of its legs with its teeth.

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Ivan Tsarevich, the Fire‑Bird, and the Gray Wolf

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Tsar Vwislav had one favorite apple-tree, and on that tree grew apples all golden. The Fire-bird used to sit on the favorite apple-tree, pluck from it golden apples, and then fly away.

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Ivanoushka the Simpleton

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Our old man lived on with his sons until finally his hour came to die. He called his three sons and said to them: ‘Dear children of mine, my dying hour is at hand and ye must fulfill my will.’

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Jack the Giant-Killer

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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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Khing-Chu-Fu

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‘Get up, wise man!’ repeated the chancellor in French. ‘Do you mean me?’ exclaimed Pinchauvas. And with one bound he stood 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 Black Ant

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The rat squeaked so softly that Little Black Ant said to him, ‘Mr. Ratsmith, I will marry you.’

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Little Red Riding Hood

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The wolf thought to himself, ‘That tender young thing would be a delicious morsel, and would taste better than the old one.’

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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 Red Riding‑Hood

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The poor child said to the Wolf: ‘I am going to see my grandmother, and carry her a custard and a little pot of butter from my mamma.’

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Little Thumb

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There came a very bad year, and the famine was so great that these poor people resolved to rid themselves of their children.

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Little Totty

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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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Little White Rabbit

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On and on and on went Little White Rabbit weeping. Soon a small voice called out, ‘Good morning, Little White Rabbit! Why do you weep?’ It was Busy Little Ant.

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Marriott the Glutton

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

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Marya Morevna

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Koschei the Deathless seized Marya Morevna and carried her off, and Prince Ivan sat down on a stone and wept. He wept and wept and started off in search of Marya Morevna.

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Miss Pussycat’s Tea Party

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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

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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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More Ancient Dancing Plagues

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The Dancing Mania was, in fact, no new disease, but well known in the Middle Ages, of which many wondrous stories were traditionally current among the people.

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Mother Hulda

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‘You must take great pains to make my bed well, and shake it up thoroughly, so that the feathers fly about, and then in the world it snows, for I am Mother Hulda.’

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