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A French Charlatan

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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 Sailor’s Wish

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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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An Egg of Eggs

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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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Blash de Manfre, the Water Spouter

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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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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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Elves in Scotland: Descent and Form

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They are doomed to wander amid mountains and lakes till the day of judgment, in ignorance of their sentence whether they shall be pardoned or condemned, but they fear the worst.

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Elves in Scotland: Dwellings and Mode of Life

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Joy and mirth reign in such assemblies of the fairies; for they are particularly fond of dancing, and it is one of their chief occupations.

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Elves in Scotland: Elf bolt, weapons, and utensils

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Whoever finds an elf bolt should preserve it with much care, as the possessor of it is always secured against death from such a weapon.

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Elves in Scotland: Good Neighbours

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The farmer was agreeably surprised to find that the sack out of which he had already sown a large field did not diminish, and was still the same in weight and size as when he met the fairy.

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Elves in Scotland: Sea Elves

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His guide produced an enormous knife, and he already thought that his end was come; when the latter quieted his fears, and asked him if he had never before seen the knife?

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Elves in Scotland: the Elf bull

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The elf bull is small in comparison with the real one; of a mouse colour, has upright ears, short horns and legs; his hair is short, smooth, and shining like an otter.

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King of India’s Library

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Unfortunately, Dabshelim, during this process of melting down his library, grew old, and saw no probability of living long enough to exhaust its quintessence to the last volume.

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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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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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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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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 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 Family Elm

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

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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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