Topic Brothers

19 stories

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.’

EuropeEngland

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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.

EuropeEngland

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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.

EuropeRussia

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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.’

EuropeRussia

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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.

EuropeFrance

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Mr. Fox

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Mr. Fox saw a diamond ring glittering on the finger of the young lady he was dragging, and he drew his sword, raised it, and brought it down upon the hand of the poor lady.

EuropeEngland

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Seven Simeons

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So it was with the Tsar Archidei; he was rich and clever, besides being a handsome fellow; but he could not find a bride to his taste, a bride with wit and beauty equal to his own. And this was the cause of the Tsar Archidei's sorrow and distress.

EuropeRussia

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The Cattle that Came

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It started when Peter began to listen to the other farmers boast of the money each was making and the triumphs they were winning over one another.

EuropeBulgaria

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The Golden Goose

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The King had an only daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh; therefore he had given out that whoever should make her laugh should have her in marriage.

EuropeGermany

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The Magic Fiddle

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The poor little girl had all the cooking, cleaning, and serving to do for all seven brothers and all their seven wives as well.

South AsiaIndia

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The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots

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The Cat said to his master with a grave and serious air: ‘Do not thus afflict yourself, and you shall see that you have not so poor a portion in me as you think.’

EuropeFrance

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The Prince and the Eagle

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The young Prince continued to fall and fall for ever so long until instead of descending with a bump at the bottom, he stepped gently onto dry land, and found himself in what the Macedonians call the Nether World.

EuropeGreece

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The Princess Frog

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One day the sovereign prince said to his sons: ‘My dear boys, take each of you an arrow, draw your strong bow and let your arrow fly; in whatever court it falls, in that court there will be a wife for you.’

EuropeRussia

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The Sea King and the Magic Jewels

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Prince Fire Fade spoke to his elder brother, Prince Fire Flash, and said, ‘Brother, I am aweary of the green hills. Therefore let us now exchange our luck.’

East AsiaJapan

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The White Cat

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‘I am going to put your obedience to a new and final test,’ the King told his sons. ‘Go and travel for another year and whichever one of you brings back with him the most beautiful Princess shall marry her and be crowned King on his wedding day.’

EuropeFrance

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The White Duckling

Unknown writer

The red-hot fire is built, the bubbling pot is hung, the steely knives are sharpened.

EuropeRussia

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True and Untrue

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‘Ah!’ said the Hare; ‘the king of England has the finest orchard in the whole land, but it does not bear so much as a crab, for there lies a heavy gold chain in three turns round the orchard. If he got that dug up, there would not be a garden like it for bearing in all his kingdom.’

EuropeNorway

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Why the Sea is Salt

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When the rich brother saw all that was on the table, and all that was behind in the larder, he grew quite spiteful and wild, for he couldn’t bear that his brother should have anything.

EuropeNorway

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Woe Bogotir

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‘I once heard the old people say that behind the village, near the dark forest, there is buried a treasure, yes, a great treasure, but it is buried under a large, heavy stone, too heavy a stone for one man to move.’

EuropeRussia

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